Clearing Wine w/ Chitosan?

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platinumforests

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Hi, all! So, after waiting a month for my Gewurztraminer to clear, I decided to keel to impatience and add some chitosan to it to see if it would clear without adding the other component that it reacts with, bcuz I only had chitosan on hand. It's now been 3 days and it's cloudier than ever. What can I add now to get this chitosan to fall to the bottom? Must I add that other agent or can I buy Isinglass, and the ig will take this new chitosan and the previously floating crud to the bottom?

I'm not sure if this is complicating matters, but I whipped the wine with a plastic wine gadget on a powr drill, and the bastard fell off into the wine part way thru. Needless to say it's still in there, because I have to wait til I bottle to fish it out. I can't think that this is preventing it from clearing, but I could be wrong.

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My Spagnols kit used Kieselsol and Chitosan, in that order. They work by negative & positive charges. I think you really need to do it in the right order. I am no expert in wine at all but if it was my wine I would look at filtering rather than adding more stuff to the wine.

Hopefully an expert will drop in and give you a simple solution.
 

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You really need to use BOTH, or it doesn't work.

Go get the other component and add it now...it'll probably still work.
 

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i'VE BEEN TOLD THAT AFTER ADDING THE 2, YOU MUST WAIT ABOUT 1 WK. FOR WHITE WINE AND AT LEAST 2 WEEKS FOR RED WINE, FOR IT TO SETTLE COMPLETELY.
 

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I decided to keel to impatience and add some chitosan to it to see if it would clear without adding the other component that it reacts with, bcuz I only had chitosan on hand. It's now been 3 days and it's cloudier than ever.
Yes, you must use both, and in the proper order. I would suggest getting some Kiesesol and adding it. Make sure to stir to mix them together....

Oh wait...


I'm not sure if this is complicating matters, but I whipped the wine with a plastic wine gadget on a powr drill, and the bastard fell off into the wine part way thru.

Help?
Lol.

I'm laughing WITH you not AT you BTW. This will make a great story to tell when drinking this wine later!

That having been said, definitly fish the degasser rod out and mix in some Kiesesol. ;-)
 
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