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Old 06-26-2005, 09:35 PM   #1
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Default Filter or not

I have always ran all the wine I have made through a filter prior to bottle. I have tried to bottle without filtering but seems that I always get some kind of drop off in the bottle. I plan on making a batch soon and I want to age it a really long time? I was wondering if anyone had any luck with clarity not using a fitler. I know there are a few things you can add to the wine, but do they work?

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Old 07-05-2005, 07:55 PM   #2
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I have made 6 kits so far,

4 were not Filtered, 2 have not yet been tasted (still too young) and 2 have been. The White that I made - VR Liebfraumilch was and still is perfectly clear with no "Chunks"
The red however is really difficult to catch that odd bit of oak chip that missed the racking, and occasionally 1 in 3 bottles I find a little flotsam in my glass.

I got my Mini Jet and used it to filter my other 2 over the weekend.
It came with #2 filters, so I used them to filter the Mezza Luna, and I bought a #1 for the Pinot Noir.

Once the #2's are used - I will get the #1's and use them purely just to get the "crud" that may still be floating after racking.

So to answer your question: Yes Finings can reduce the amount of bits, but I think that you always have the possibilty of bits if you don't filter.

I know that I will probably filter all from now on, but as I say, only using the #1 (coarse) to get rid of the itty bitty oak and seeds that may be missed in racking



Nothing - Out of room - have to bottle something before I can fit more on the aging shelf.

Lost count, too many damn carboys

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:36 AM   #3
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May I just add that, if you do filter and /or use finnings, you will also filter out some of the particles that make up the flavour of the wine. That said, I always filter my wine and it tastes great.

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