Originally Posted by loh777
How many times do you have to rack wine before you bottle it? I guess I am asking what is a common rule for wine making for timing? For beer I do 3 weeks primary 2 weeks secondary and 1 week in either the bottle or keg. What is normal for wine?
There really isn't any normal schedule, as it really depends. It depends on the OG of the wine, the FG, the yeast, etc, much as with beer.
Another thing with wine is that some fruits will throw lees for months. I seem to get a dusting of sediment on my dandelion wine for over a year. You'll rack every time you have lees 1/4" thick after about 45 days. Sometimes that is once or twice before bottling in 6 months; sometimes it's 5-6 times over a year or more.
A typical wine primary is about 5 days, then when the SG gets to the 1.020-1.010 range, it's racked into secondary and allowed to finish. Then, it's racked and topped up whenever needed. Most of my wines are bottled at about a year old.