Originally Posted by pete1325
Hi all, well I racked last night, (3) six gallon carboys. All went well, got a little tipsey siphoning the new wine......that's the best part of this hobby. It cleared pretty well considering it's only been a week, no help thus far. Very light color red/rosie for a Merlot. (?) I plan to let it sit for a month before experimenting.....e.g., adding tannin and/or oak chips.
I've never done a MLF before, worth doing?
You have to do the mlf before you add the stabilizing Kmeta dosage after all fermentation is complete. Yes, mlf can help smooth out a wine. You need to read up on the process and decide if you want to do it. If your wine is now in secondary, you will need to decide fairly quickly if you want to do an mlf.
To do an mlf, you need to make sure your free SO2 level, TA, and PH are all within the range of the mlb you intend to use.