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Old 04-25-2012, 02:38 PM   #1
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Hello all. I have 6 gallons of Riesling that was born in mid October 2011. It is simply grape juice and yeast. I have racked it a few times over the past 6 months but the it does not appear to be clearing as much as I thought it would by now. I have included a picture below. Sorry for the graniness but it should give you an idea. I took a gravity reading this morning and it is right at 1.000. I keep it covered all the time out of the sun and light and it is fermenting at about the lower 60s. Any thoughts as to why this is still not clear after 6 months? Do I just need to wait longer? Cold crash? Bentonite? Anything else?
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Old 04-25-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
Jan 2011
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Did you degas it ? From what I understand it needs to be degassed before it will completely clear. I just made my first batch also a riesling, started on 3-11-12
degassed on 4-9-12 and is clear as can be. I'll be bottling it this week. I know its not much help! Good luck

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Old 04-26-2012, 12:58 PM   #3
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That makes sense--if it's still degassing, the gas would be rising and keeping particle from settling.

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Old 04-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #4
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That's an awful lot of headspace. I'd rack to a smaller carboy and let it sit for about 2 months. Then if still not clear, I'd try cold stabilization- putting it in the fridge or a cold place for a month. That should clear it up.
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