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Bonneville 03-06-2011 05:10 PM

Question on first WineXpert wine from a brewer
 
Hi all. Making my first wine from a WineXpert kit. Mixed everything together last weekend. Directions say wait 8 days then rack to secondary if gravity below 1.010. My wine is still fermenting actively. Do I rack the still-fermenting wine, or wait for it to wind down a bit.

In brewing, my motto is always wait it out. But with wine, I'm not sure if it's best to wait or if I should move it as soon as the targeted gravity is met.

Thx.

brazedowl 03-06-2011 05:24 PM

I agree with the wait-it-out method. :)

Yooper 03-06-2011 05:24 PM

Rack it when the SG is 1.010 or so, or about 7 days after mixing it up.

You want the fermentation to still be active, as to help prevent oxidation of the wine. You want to get it to the carboy and airlocked.

brazedowl 03-06-2011 05:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yooper (Post 2709977)
You want the fermentation to still be active, as to help prevent oxidation of the wine. You want to get it to the carboy and airlocked.

Blast you and your logic. :mug:

Yooper 03-06-2011 05:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by brazedowl (Post 2710025)
Blast you and your logic. :mug:

Irritating, isn't it? :cross:

Wine is easy, but it is a bit of a different beast than beer.

The good thing about wine kits is that they have EXCELLENT instructions for their products, unlike most cheaper beer kits. Winexpert is great for telling you exactly what to do and when to do it. If you follow their instructions exactly, you will get a good product. I promise.

mmadmikes1 03-06-2011 08:31 PM

Yooper, be honest kits are easy. So wines are a pain.HAHAHAHA

Bonneville 03-06-2011 08:50 PM

Thanks Yooper. That's what I needed to know. Instructions were clear, but my brewing experience was telling me "that can't be right." Thanks!


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