I know this has been brought up a lot and i am pretty sure i am clued up on why its not clearing but i just have a few other questions. This is my first wine kit and I followed the instructions exactly (which is why it stuffed up!!!!). When I got to the point of stabilising and clearing I hand stirred it for 5 min after adding the various chemicals and then left it to clear (I didnít even know what degassing meant at this stage
). After waiting for the clearing to happen for about a month I realised something was wrong. So I came on to this website and went on the RJ Spag website and realised that I probably did not degas it sufficiently which counteracted the kieselsol and chitosan. So I started to try degassing with a whip mounted to a drill and every time I did it the wine would give off about the same amount of bubbling and it didnít seem to be reducing the CO2. So I went back and researched some more and learnt that degassing in cold temperatures is pretty much impossible. The temperatures here at the moment are around 14-20 degrees Celsius so clearly that was my problem. While it was fermenting I had the wine in a warmer area and it wasnít winter by that stage so it didnít affect the fermentation. So for the last few weeks I have moved it down stairs where its even colder than 16 degrees (leaving in colder temperatures is supposed to help clearing?). So my questions are, should I bulk age it and let it lose its CO2 and clear on its own but rack off the sediment before adding more Kmeta every 3 months. Also if I am bulk aging at low temperatures does that mean that the CO2 will take longer to leave on its own because the cold temperatures hold it in the wine? <?
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Or, Do I warm the wine up to over 24 degrees and carry on degassing it until the CO2 is gone and then add more kieselsol and chitosan and clear and bottle?<O:P></O:P>
Sorry if this has come off a little cynical because im not annoyed that this happened and it has not put me off wine making. In fact in some ways im glad it didnít go perfectly, because I would have never learnt all this stuff and all the information has been really helpful and interesting. My girlfriend on the other hand doesnít even want anything wine making related to be brought up anymore
. I think this whole thing has put her off wine making all together.