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Old 12-02-2012, 01:11 PM   #11
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Letting Wild yeast take care of the fermentation can work, but its a little too 'hands off' for my taste. I like to pick the types of yeast I use so that I get a predictable (and tasty) result. I would definitly reccomend reading some of the posts on this forum and asking /posting some questions as you think of them.

In the mean time, let us know how your wine comes out, and let us know how you like the setup you have created for yourself! We're here to help. :-)

 
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:49 PM   #12
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How long should I let the wine sit before bottling . I put the juice in the kegs Oct 21

 
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:55 PM   #13
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How long should I let the wine sit before bottling . I put the juice in the kegs Oct 21
The wine must be clear and not dropping anymore sediment. I usually let it sit a month after my last racking before bottling to make sure all the sediment has dropped.

My guess you are looking at February the earliest before I'd bottle, but that's a guess on my part. Just wait for it to clear.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:06 AM   #14
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Racking? Dont have any thing to rack in to. Could I rack back into the buckets the juice came in. Clean my keg then put it back in the keg or would that not work out

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:12 AM   #15
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Racking? Dont have any thing to rack in to. Could I rack back into the buckets the juice came in. Clean my keg then put it back in the keg or would that not work out
Yep, that'll work, rack into your bucket.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:50 AM   #16
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When I rack I am going to lose some volume because of the lees, leaving me with more air space in the kegs and that's not a good thing right. How do I make up for that. And again thanks for the help I would ask the guy that was helping me but he doesn't do anything else to his wine, and is already drinking his wine he made like the first week of October.

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 01:55 AM   #17
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When I rack I am going to lose some volume because of the lees, leaving me with more air space in the kegs and that's not a good thing right. How do I make up for that. And again thanks for the help I would ask the guy that was helping me but he doesn't do anything else to his wine, and is already drinking his wine he made like the first week of October.
I use carboys, in various sizes, so I can rack to the appropriate sized container. That's really important with wine. If you have co2 available, or argon, you can use that gas to displace the oxygen in the headspace of the kegs and that will work.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:10 PM   #18
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I have nitrogen in gas bottles. I know it is an inert gas like argon. Would this work or dose the gas used have to be heavyer than air?

 
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #19
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I have nitrogen in gas bottles. I know it is an inert gas like argon. Would this work or dose the gas used have to be heavyer than air?
As long as you purge the air in your keg, you should be fine.

 
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Old 12-04-2012, 10:36 AM   #20
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I use a nitrogen/argon mix that's sold commercially, so i'd say go for it.

Also, I realise that most of us have clear glass carboys. You have stainless steel kegs, so won't be able to see the lees dropping. Work with a timeframe as some of the others suggest for clearing the wine, it works pretty well.

 
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