Making my first wine ever, from a kit. Everything was going according to plan until I got to step 3 - stabilizing, clarifying, and degassing. Instructions say to add stabilizers and stir, then add clarifier and stir, and keep stirring until a sample passes the puff test.
First fiasco happened when stirring after adding the stabilizers. The wine foamed out all over the kitchen. My concern now is that the stabilizers foamed out too and I now have an oxidized mess.
My second concern is the degassing. Using a drill mounted wine whip, I stirred for a couple of hours - still gassy. I tried a mityvac - but the wine is in a 6 gallon better bottle, so that didn't work. I've since warmed the wine from high 60's to around 80 and I'm going to try the whip again.
Any suggestions regarding the stabilizers and degassing for this n00b? I know this is only a problem with fast to bottle kits - but that's what I've got...