Helpful Tips


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Malolactic Fermentation

For 2.5 g package to inoculate 250 L.
Rehydrate package in 1 cup of clean chloride free room temperature water for a maximum of 15 minutes. Add the suspension to the wine to be fermented. Mix the wine gently by stirring.

Optimalo Addition
Suspend in a small amount of water or wine and add directly to the wine at the same time as the malolactic culture. DO NOT add to the rehydration water.

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Recommendations For a Yeast Starter

1. Do not add any metabisulphite prior to fermentation.

2. While your juice/must is warming up to room temperature a yeast starter should be prepared.

3. These directions are for one pail of juice/must and should be multiplied accordingly.

4. Add 250 ml of warm water (20C) to a large mouth bowl.

5. Add 5g of “go-ferm” and stir in.

6. Sprinkle 5g of yeast on top and wait 5-10 minutes.

7. Stir in and add 250ml of 50/50 mix (equal parts of juice and water combined to 20C).

8. Wait one hour and stir.

9. Slowly pour into room temperature juice/must trying to keep the yeast starter together.

10. When fermentation starts (usually 2 days later) then add 5g of “fermaid.”


Note: We recommend punching the cap on reds at least twice daily. If you notice a rotten egg smell then add DAP. Acid and or sugar adjustments should be done before yeast inoculation.


D.A.P. Add 3-5g/23L pail of DAP if H2S is present.


Recommedations For a Yeast Starter


Supplies Checklist

  • Fresh Metabisulfite
  • Fermaid
  • Go-Ferm
  • Corks
  • Filter Pads
  • Citric Acid
  • Tartaric Acid
  • Chloro Clean
  • Chemetrics SO2 Test Kit
  • Phenolphthalein Indicator Solution
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Sparkolloid Chromatography Solvent

Supplies Checklist