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Old 11-29-2008, 12:34 AM   #1
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hello!

a relative gave me an Island Mist wine-making kit (strawberry white merlot)

had to stop at my nslhbs to buy bottles. corker, etc...owner thereof advised against using the included bentonite, saying it will leave a harshness in the wine. I forget what he recommended in its place.

what say the experts here?

[first of MANY questions]

thanks!

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Old 11-29-2008, 01:34 AM   #2
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I'm a newbie wino too, but bentonite just acts as a finning agent, attracting the opposite charged particles in the must / wine to help clear and drops out of solution into the lees.

Everything I've read and heard says to do the kits per the instruction sheet. Bentonite is a very common item in a lot of kits.

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I've seen a video of someone using a wine kit, and they added Bentonite at the very start, anyone know why this is?

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From what I've read, adding it at the start gets the bentonite circulating in the must/wine from the churning of the fermentation. It then has more of a chance of coming in contact with the particulate in suspension and pulling them out into the trub/lees.

Adding earlier also allows you to use less. Adding later on needs a larger amount because there is less circulation in the must after fermentation is finished.

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