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Old 05-24-2011, 02:43 PM   #1
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Default Corks coming out.

I bottled my skeeter pee about a week ago after sulphiting, sorbating, and back sweetening. At the time there was no apparent gas in solution. I bottled at room temperature then placed it in a 54 degree refrigerator. Now a week later the tops of the corks are pushing out of half the bottles. I opened 3 bottles and the pee is still... still. What is going on?


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Old 05-24-2011, 02:46 PM   #2
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how long did you let the sulphite and sorbate sit?


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Old 05-24-2011, 02:46 PM   #3
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Oops I meant to post this in wine... But still the question remains, plus it actually was skeeter mead.
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2 days or so before backsweetening and bottling.
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did you remeber to degass?
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:57 PM   #6
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I didn't do anything in particular to degass, but there really didn't appear to be any suspended gas in it, plus I wouldn't think this would be a problem because it is stored at a lower temp than it was bottled.
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Apparently the sorbate didn't do the trick. I'd grab a SG sample and see if fermentation has restarted.

Did you rack off of the lees and then sorbate and sulfite and wait a while, and then backsweeten? Or did you do it all at once?

If the wine wasn't completely and perfectly clear with no lees still forming, it wasn't ready to be sorbated.
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Yooper is probably right, but I'll offer up the really stupid question - did you remember to let the bottles stand for a few days after corking to let the preasure get past the cork? Usually wine is stored on its side, but I know that it is to be stored upright for about 2 or 3 days after bottle/corking.
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natural cork, or synthetics?

I'll NEVER use synthetics again...the slightest bit of leftover gas and they worm their way out.
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I did not let them stand I was not aware that I was supposed to do that, and yes they are synthetic corks. Perhaps that's the answer.


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