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Old 06-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default RE: What is best way to top off wine in carboy with commercial wine?

I've noticed that many wine recipes recommend you use commercial wine to top off your carboys during secondary, thus reducing headspace. Is there a certain way you have to add the wine to the carboy?

More specifically, does anyone know what do you have to do to make sure that the following doesn't happen?

1) you don't contaminate the wine with bacteria/microbes that are in the commercial wine or on the bottle

2) you don't accidentally oxygenate your wine when adding the commercial wine

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Old 06-26-2013, 06:34 PM   #2
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Yooper, GO!

if you really want to go hog wild, sanitise the mouth of the commercial bottle with star san before you pour. To avoid oxygen, pour in a way that the wine clings to the side of the carboy instead of hitting the surface like a hose.

You're not adding that much wine. Don't overthink it.

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Old 06-26-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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most commercial wines have k meta or something similar in them, it will say on the bottle.

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No worries, wine is very forgiving.

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Just pour it in, it really is that simple.

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