I've been reading for a while, but this is my first post. Thanks for all of things I've learned already. I am completely new to this - I have a WE Chilean Merlot that is clearing, (1st batch ever) and then I jumped right into SP which is nearing the end of secondary fermentation (SG was .996 a few days ago) -- hence my question. According to the recipe (quoted below) you should rack THEN degas and clear. When I did the Merlot, the instructions said that you should NOT RACK before degas and clearing -- in fact doing so, could prevent proper clearing (the lees needed to be mixed back in to get proper clearing).
"Allow the Pee to ferment dry and for fermentation to stop. Rack into a clean, sanitized carboy. Give the batch a quick degas (use agitation and vacuum if you have the equipment). Add ¼ tsp Kmeta, 2 ½ tsp sorbate, and sparkolliod (follow directions on the package). After two weeks, the Skeeter Pee should be crystal clear."
Should I rack off of the lees before degasing or just mix everything up in the carboy it's in now?
P.S. Tom, I live in NY now, but grew up in Edgewater Park, NJ; on the river side of where Warren St/Beverly Road goes under the railroad tracks.