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Old 06-21-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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Just wondering how you know when to rack off the secondary. Do you wait till the bubbling stops? Thanks Mike

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Old 06-21-2012, 01:56 PM   #2
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It's really your call. I usually will wait around 30-45 days depending on the free time I can find in between. If the recipe states to leave it in for 60 or a different time frame follow those directions. It's good practice to wait until the lees fall and then rack the wine off into a fresh carboy.
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A good rule of thumb is 30 days from the time you transferred from primary to your secondary and placed under airlock. But, you also have to look at what you used to make your wine. For example, if you are making a chocolate wine & using cocoa powder you will notice a thick fudgy layer of lees developing--you rack sooner than 30 days because the layer is getting quite dense. If you use all juice you will have finer lees vs. using fresh fruit in which you can anticipate a bit more particulate (but again it will depend upon what fruit and the method you used in primary [straining bag, no strainer].

Don't rely upon bubbling--use your hydrometer to check for activity.
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