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Old 02-06-2009, 11:59 AM   #1
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Default so i have my first wine ready to be bottled but...

I just racked my first wine for the third time and is ready to go but I put a bright light to it and I can see alot of floaties, I dont know if the wine is contaminated but i tasted it and for a month old wine its pretty good. Is this normal on most wine to have alot of floaties? I even noticed what it looks like a hair floating on it...damn dog! (Husky) he must have walked by when I was working on the wine last time......I am ready to dump it..any suggestion??



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Old 02-06-2009, 12:13 PM   #2
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If it's only a month old, it's no where near ready to be bottled! When it's crystal clear (no floaties!), it'll be ready. I have a rhubarb wine that I might bottle this spring. (I made it in May 2008). Patience will be rewarded with a good wine!



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Old 02-06-2009, 12:23 PM   #3
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Yooper is right with the waiting. I have allowed wines to age for over seven months to ensure they are clear and complete. One month and three racks already is a bit much and absolutely to soon.

Unless my wine has excessive levels of sediment build-up, I do not rack any sooner than 1 month between each racking. In other words..... you should now be at three months with your wine instead of one month.

Be patient and you will be rewarded.

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Ok....thanks but do I use a solid stopper now or do I leave the air lock on?

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Leave the airlock on, even if the fermentation is done there will still be some natural outgassing of CO2 & that will likely push your solid stopper right out of the carbouy; just be sure to keep the liquid levels in your airlock at the proper levels. Regards, GF.



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