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Old 11-24-2009, 10:51 PM   #1
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Default Topping up bottles?

I have just racked my wine and was wondering if I should just leave them as they are, or top them up with water + concentrate made to the same gravity as my original must.

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Old 11-24-2009, 11:49 PM   #2
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i use vase filler stones i picked up at target to displace some liquid and take up headspace before aging. http://www.target.com/Set-2-Mix-Ston.../dp/B00285LQEO

they worked great although you really should syphon on top of them because when they plop in, you'll aerate

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In such a case, I'd rack the right carboy to a 1/2 gallon growler. If it were fuller, I'd add some inexpensive white wine.

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I added about 1/3 of a bottle of Riesling to my apple. It looked just about like yours does before that. As a bonus, I got to drink the Riesling!

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or top them up with water + concentrate made to the same gravity as my original must.
I guess we really didn't answer your entire question. I wouldn't add more concentrate at this point. Your primary fermentation is already finished and by adding more concentrate you'll likely restart an active aggressive primary fermentation any you'll be back at step one. When I make wine I always make more than what my secondaries will hold so I can make sure they're topped off when I rack.
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Old 11-25-2009, 12:57 PM   #6
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Ok, thanks. I will decant the unfull one to a growler, and put the remainder into topping up the 'full' one.

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