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Are there different kinds of bentonite or just different ways of using it. When I used it with Festa juice I simply stirred in the powder. Then I read you should boil the bentonite in water then mix it in a blender before stirring into the wine.
 

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Always mix with hot water and then add to the wine must. Boiling is not required. You create a slurry and then stir that into your wine. Normally within about a week it's done it's job. You can wait longer but unless the wine is fermenting there normally isn't a need to wait.
 

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Bentonite was th first thing I ever researched outside of my “k-meta&yeast” comfort zone. I stressed over ordering either “speedy bentonite” or regular bentonite. Turns out they were the same. And both required mixing w/boiling water into a mud slurry before adding.
I didn’t read anything anywhere about adding powder directly. But I also never read to use in the way that every single kit seems to instruct either.
I Believe your correct with the 2nd thought. Not different types just MANY different ways
 

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Are there different kinds of bentonite or just different ways of using it. When I used it with Festa juice I simply stirred in the powder. Then I read you should boil the bentonite in water then mix it in a blender before stirring into the wine.
Bentonite is nothing more than a type of clay.. i dissolve it with cold water or some of your wine and pour in to the main batch. It can take a while for it to settle. Have you tried isinglass, used it last week my wine is almost clear. And you dont use much.
 

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Are there different kinds of bentonite or just different ways of using it. When I used it with Festa juice I simply stirred in the powder. Then I read you should boil the bentonite in water then mix it in a blender before stirring into the wine.
Bentonite is a clay mix like you mix cornstarch a little water at a time till thin then pour in the batch.
 

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The physical form differs, however. The little sachets of bentonite that come with kits are a fine power that is easy to whisk into water. The bentonite I bought from my LHBS was much more coarse, and requires more effort to introduce without clumping. (The bentonite that you cat pees into is even coarser!)
 

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going to try the isinglass after the bentonite. From what I read one is negatively charged and one is positive. The isinglass alone works well with whites but a good follow up in reds. That's what I read online. going to try it
 

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As with ALL fining agents, you should read about the product before using. Some of the fining agents strip out color and/or flavor from the wine. Time is the only fining agent I know that has never received a bad report from anyone and it's pretty reliable if the wine must was prepared right in the first place.
 

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