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Old 07-15-2011, 10:22 AM   #1
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I transferred a red wine into secondary last night and I decided to dump everything from the fermenter down the drain and strain the oak chips out to throw out. On the side of my carboy and on the oak chips I noticed what looked like sand. It was clear and I could crush it with my teeth. The wine is a red of unknown variety that I made from a concentrate that was given to me. Is this normal?



 
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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I had the same thing happen with a red wine I made last year. I'm guessing its some kind of acid crystals. Did you notice any acidity when you tasted them? Probably not a problem, just less acidity.



 
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Old 07-15-2011, 06:27 PM   #3
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Wine Diamonds or potassium (calcium) bitartrate.

 
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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I would cold stabilize the wine for a week or so then add some metatartaric acid (sp?) a few days before bottling. Cold stablizing will allow the bitartrate crystals to form and fall out, and the metatartaric acid will keep the ones that don't is suspension.

I think that is how it works I have read so much material in the last few months that it all kind of runs together. If I am wrong someone please point it out as I am new at this.

 
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Old 07-15-2011, 07:59 PM   #5
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Crush it with your teeth??????

"Hey, look...some unknown sand-like stuff...think I'll put it in my mouth. Hope it isn't poisonous or taste too much like poo? Hmmm, softer than sand and only a slight hint of poo. Guess it isn't poisonous because I'm still alive."

Think I would have found a different way of testing its texture.

 
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Old 07-15-2011, 11:52 PM   #6
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Crush it with your teeth??????

"Hey, look...some unknown sand-like stuff...think I'll put it in my mouth. Hope it isn't poisonous or taste too much like poo? Hmmm, softer than sand and only a slight hint of poo. Guess it isn't poisonous because I'm still alive."

Think I would have found a different way of testing its texture.
HAHA that's what I was thinking too.
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Old 07-16-2011, 12:33 AM   #7
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Crush it with your teeth??????

"Hey, look...some unknown sand-like stuff...think I'll put it in my mouth. Hope it isn't poisonous or taste too much like poo? Hmmm, softer than sand and only a slight hint of poo. Guess it isn't poisonous because I'm still alive."

Think I would have found a different way of testing its texture.
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Old 07-16-2011, 06:51 PM   #8
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Really though the worst it could have done is tasted like crap.

 
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Old 07-17-2011, 11:02 AM   #9
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Crush it with your teeth??????

"Hey, look...some unknown sand-like stuff...think I'll put it in my mouth. Hope it isn't poisonous or taste too much like poo? Hmmm, softer than sand and only a slight hint of poo. Guess it isn't poisonous because I'm still alive."

Think I would have found a different way of testing its texture.
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