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Old 09-09-2006, 02:34 AM   #1
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Quick question.

I'm making my first wine kit, and step three calls for stirring the wine into a froth while still in the carboy. The directions say you must stir the wine until all carbonation has dissapated and it no longer foams on top after stirring.

I have been stirring for an hour now and there doesn't appear to be in sight(foam keeps coming up).

Any ideas on how long this takes?


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Old 09-09-2006, 04:24 AM   #2
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Quick question.

I'm making my first wine kit, and step three calls for stirring the wine into a froth while still in the carboy. The directions say you must stir the wine until all carbonation has dissapated and it no longer foams on top after stirring.

I have been stirring for an hour now and there doesn't appear to be in sight(foam keeps coming up).

Any ideas on how long this takes?
I only made wine once, but I had a little propeller-type thing attached to a drill that I used to de-gas the wine. It took only about 5 or 10 minutes with that gizmo, but that thing whipped the wine so fast, it was actually causing it to foam on it's own.

Are you using man-power to de-gas, or you using some machine?


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I'm stirring it by hand.
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I'm stirring it by hand.
well... maybe you need to keep going.

Caplan? You out there? Do you de-gas by hand?
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I've only made wine once, also. But I'd say, you're probably good, which you've probably already figured out. I stirred for about an hour and quit with foam still on the top and it tastes pretty good for the fifty dollar kit of wine.
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If you've stirred it vigorously for an hour then i think you've done. You'll still have a little more CO2 coming out of it now so you may get some more airlock action. That's nothing to worry about though.
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If you have a mity vac (the kind guys use to bleed brakes), you can hook that up to the carboy and degas. You can use your drill with a sanitized dowel, too. I just stir as hard as I can for as long as I can and keep doing that. It works eventually.

the other thing you can do is age it in a carboy a long time- over time, the gas does dissipate.

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