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Gem
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Blackberry wine

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Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:18 pm

My 2 demijohns of blackberry wine have a layer of white scum/mould growning on the top. It literally turned up over night.

I think I know what response I will get but any chance of salvaging the wine?? Such a shame to waste two whole gallons of blackberry wine :pale:

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Re: Blackberry wine

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Fri Oct 22, 2010 3:37 pm

Depends how bad it is... If it's not very bad, I wouldn't worry too much, and I would never throw something out unless you're absolutely sure that it's knackered - i.e. you've tasted it and it's vile. Never ditch something just on suspicion!

Try racking the wine off from underneath.
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Re: Blackberry wine

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Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:11 pm

Thats what I was thinking, its due to be racked this weekend anyway so I may throw a couple of camden tablets in. The white layer is def only surface so should be easy to remove without disturbing it too much..

Thanks for the advice

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ps Can you tell I'm a newbie to the whole wine making malarky? :)

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Re: Blackberry wine

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Fri Oct 22, 2010 5:30 pm

If you're racking at any time (and you don't object to Campden tablets on principle), then it's always wise to use one (or, as you say, two in the case of possible infection). Your white scum could actually be yeast rather than mould or bacteria. Smell it - if it doesn't make you go green, it's saveable.

What recipe did you use?

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