Standard Build-Up Cultures
These traditional freeze-dried cultures have been successfully used throughout Europe, North America and Australia for almost three decades. The more labor intensive build-up protocol recommended when using standard strains is compensated for by their higher malolactic activity in difficult wines. When using standard cultures you must have the ability to monitor the malic degradation. Once the malic acid level is <0.5 g/L you can proceed to the next stage. Recommended monitoring times are every 24 hours. The directions below are for 50 hL (1320 gal) of wine. The build-up procedure acclimates the culture to difficult conditions, increasing the probability of success.
None of our commercial ML strains contain the decarboxylase enzymes known to produce biogenic amines.