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rough2

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Hi Everyone.
I'm new to making wine. I have 16 gallons on the go of different wines.
I have 1 gallon of wine made from Welche's niagra grapes concentrate
I started it on January 5th. I racked it on Jan 12th and again Feb 13.
The SG was 1.100 its now 0.092. The wine has cleared.
Should I bottle it now? if not when should I bottle it?

Any help will be apreciated
 

Luc

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With this kind of SG and a clear wine it surely
looks like it is finished.

Now it is up to you.
There are different points of view on bulk-aging (in the carboy)
or bottle aging.

Personally I want my carboys always free for the next batch
as soon as possible so I bottle as soon as the wine is finished.
The negative side of this is that you start drinking the wine
early.

If you have a next batch waiting in line I would bottle.
Otherwise wait.

Luc
 

rough2

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Thank you LUC

I have read that I need to crush one campden tablet per gallon of wine before bottling.
If i do this, how long shall i leave the crushed campden tablet in the wine before bottling?
 

scubaman2151

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Hi rough!

It is true that you need to add campden tablet before bottling. I'm just not sure how much because I usually use a powdered form. I use 1/4tsp k-meta and just drop that into the carboy the night before I bottle. That the chemical can get to all parts of the wine.
 

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Quite right, one crushed tablet/gal of wine. After crushing the tablets dissolve them in a little of the wine and then add to the batch. Once added just stir in a bit and you can bottle then if you like.
 

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The amount sulphite to be added really depends on how much
sulphite was added in previous stages at winemaking, the ph of the wine
etc etc etc.

But generally 1 campden tablet prior to bottling is
being regarded as good winemaking practice.

Indeed dissolve the tablets in a bit of wine and then
mix them through the whole carboy.

Luc
 
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