Q: Jan 1 we completed step 3 SG.990 added packages 3,4,5 and degased it verey well, not suppose to rack in this step correct? From day 1 to day 3 the wine would clear an inch or so then cloud back up, day three i degased again getting some bubbles,it then cleared about 5" only to cloud back up.We used easy clean 1st then metabisulphite but forgot to rinse equipment since step 1. Is there reason for alarm? In step 4 should we rack this cloudy wine? There is an 1.25" sediment on bottom. We are going to have to start paying you for all your time spent here. Thank you
A: If the wine is properly degassed, and the clearing agents were added into the solution properly, it will clear but may take some time. The instructions will give you a recommended time frame to rack, but I've found over the years that the wine may take more time to clear based on any residual trapped gas, the viscosity of the kit, temperature of the wine as it is condition and clearing. If it is showing signed of clearing, then it is going to be a matter of time before it clears completely. It may take 3 days, it might end up being two weeks. So long as the container is sealed with a bung and airlock, it wouldn't hurt the wine to 'bulk age" for a bit before racking to your bottles
Q: Is it possible to remove to much gas? I have a drill degaser I used for about 6 mins and a hand vac pump I used for about half hour and the bubbles keep coming. Thank you
A: Hi Gene, it's not going to be a problem if you use the degasser past the point when all of the CO2 has been bubbled off. You want to keep agitating the wine until you don't see any bubble, this will ensure that you've gotten all the CO2 out. Cheers!
Q: we are in step 3 and in 8 days will need to rack, I assume its ok to rack back into the primary or is there going to be to much air space and we should buy another glass carboy?
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A: While the bucket primary fermenter would be ok to use as a transferring vessel, bulk again in the bucket can leave the wine more vulnerable to oxidation. What I would recommend is sanitizing the bucket, racking into it so that the carboy can be cleaned, and then transferring back in the carboy for long term storage.