Originally Posted by boomtown25
Great. The stopper size for a beer/wine bottle was pretty much the question/answer I was looking for. I plan on racking into secondary in 5-7 days and my initial plan was to rack 2 more times after that (1 time for each month). Do you think this is unnecessary? I plan to bottle for aging after 3 months unless you suggest differently.
I can't tell you when to rack, or bottle. Because fruit often will throw lees for a while, the best thing to do is just rack whenever you have lees 1/4" thick after about 45 days, or ANY lees at 60 days. That may be once, or three times, or more. Don't rack monthly, though- wait at least 45 days between rackings and then only rack if you need to. After 60 days, if you have lees (even a dusting) it's fine to rack at that point.
Bottle when you have NO lees dropping after at least 60 days. Remember that whatever sediment you have fall out is best in the fermenter and not in the bottle, so don't be in a hurry to bottle.