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Old 12-14-2012, 04:06 AM   #1
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I degassed for the first time tonight. It's a cranberry wine, 1 gallon, in a Carlo Rossi bottle. I used the hanger and drill method (cut hanger, sanitize, stick in drill, degass) I'm glad I did it in the sink, because it foamed up like crazy! I did loose a little wine but not a lot, and I think I have the hang of it now. I did this about 10 minutes, until I wasn't getting more bubbles.

Of course, my roommate had to come see what I was doing making such a racket.

Him: "You are drilling your wine?"
Me: "Yes. I'm degassing it."
Him: "It has gas?"
Me: "It's carbon dioxide. I'm letting the bubbles out."
Him: "Um... okay."

He must think I'm a lot weirder now that I've starting homebrewing. And I was pretty weird already.

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Old 12-14-2012, 08:45 AM   #2
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Good job. Out of curiosity when did you start this batch?

Do you know how to check your wine per the 'pfft test'? Essentially placing a sample in a test tube or even a 50ml bottle(think airplane liquor bottle), put thumb over opening, shake shake shake, place ear near opening, remove thumb. If you hear any 'pfft' you still have gas.

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Thanks for the tip!

I started the batch 3 weeks ago. I'm still pretty new at this so that might not be the best - I think I should have degassed sooner. Still learning.

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