I'd really appreciate a few opinions on a bit of a disaster with a wine kit my friend and I are doing right now.
I just moved to a province that make wine kits for ppl at the LHBS. I've always taken mine home and will continue to do so. But when I've been in the shops and seen their set up I noticed quite a few of them put the wine into a plastic bag in the primary bucket for primary fermentation. The bag just fills the bucket space and you elastic the bag shut..but so there is room for CO2 to get out. So I thought I'd try this..however I still sanitized the bucket the bag was going into. The lady at the LHBS gave me a plastic bag to use. Now I'm checking the fermentation 5 days later and the gravity is 1.03 and it's still going strong. All of a sudden I notice that there is liquid on the outside of the bag but inside the bucket. Turns out the bag had a tear in it and about a liter or 2 of liquid had gurgled out.
My thoughts are that the must was exposed..a small amount...and that fermentation was still so strong that it doesn't matter that it's been exposed to oxygen...it was still producing a lot of CO2.
What do you guys think? Think the wine is ruined? This wine was not in a high traffic area.
I've moved the must into a carboy so it can finish fermentation there.
Any thoughts would be great!
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