Dump or keep Raspberry wine smelling of petrol

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crevie

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Dump or keep . Had some really warm weather and this Raspberry wine fermented dry in primary in four days as I wasn't keeping tabs on it. Starting SG was quite low at 62. Smells of petrol. Racked it off the lees and tried getting a bit of air into it. Acidity is pH 3.43. Don't know whether to persevere or bail. Thanks

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I'd say if it's fusel alcohol, which it sounds like it may be, that can't be fixed. Fusels happen when alcohol ferments too warm, and besides the gasoline taste, will give a hell of a hangover very quickly. I wouldn't dump it yet, though, if you have the fermentation room, because it may not be bad/fusels. If you need the room, I wouldn't waste my time, though. Either way, once it tastes like that, it's probably not going to clear up.
 
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Thanks. Something to watch out for in future when the weather is hot. I won't waste any more time on it and dump it. I've got a Golden raisin wine in primary at the moment so I'll focus on that. Good info thanks.
 

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I wouldn't dump it, put it out of sight and come back to it in a year or two, it might be fine.
I don't expect to drink any of my wine for a year.
 
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