Clearing pectin haze

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My first batch of Skeeter Pee is taking longer to clear than expected. I followed the standard recipe but I see now that some folks like to add peptic enzyme prior to pitching the yeast. I added DualFine (Chitosan and Kieselsol) over three weeks ago and I think that stuff would clear a gallon of latex paint in a week. I’m wondering if I have some pectin haze going on.
Would adding peptic enzyme now help?

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It won't really hurt to add pectic enzyme. It's one of the things you can add any time, but now that alcohol is in the mix add a double or triple dose. You might also make sure it doesn't have any gas. Put some in you hydrometer test cylinder, cover it with your palm and shake it. When you take your hand off, listen for a puff.
 

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It won't really hurt to add pectic enzyme. It's one of the things you can add any time, but now that alcohol is in the mix add a double or triple dose. You might also make sure it doesn't have any gas. Put some in you hydrometer test cylinder, cover it with your palm and shake it. When you take your hand off, listen for a puff.
Thanks cmason. Good call on the CO2. There was a bit when I shook it up so I've been whipping it daily. 🙄
I also added all the Peptic Enzyme I had on hand which amounted to a little more than a double dose. There is some sediment forming now so hopefully that and time will clear it up.
 

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Lol! It's peCtic enzyme, no worries though, quite a few people do that.
I don't know if wine promotes digestion, but I'll keep trying!
Probably my OCD as well!

You are probably good with the amount you have, time will clear it once the CO2 is gone..
 
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My first batch of Skeeter Pee is taking longer to clear than expected. I followed the standard recipe but I see now that some folks like to add peptic enzyme prior to pitching the yeast. I added DualFine (Chitosan and Kieselsol) over three weeks ago and I think that stuff would clear a gallon of latex paint in a week. I’m wondering if I have some pectin haze going on.
Would adding peptic enzyme now help?

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JB.........that's exactly how my first and only, current, SP looks! We are twin winemakers!! Mine feels a little tinglely on the tongue, so I am guessing CO2. I will probably degas with my AIO, and if it doesn't clear soon will try the crushed eggshell trick. Good luck, and keep us posted on the outcome...........Dizzy
 

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Yes, Skeeter Pee has lots of gas. My one and only SP attempt created my one and only volcano, touch wood. Luckily it was still in primary, so it was more like a slow lava flow than geyser, lol. I don't know if I'm correct, but I had a batch of DB that cleared in 2 days with KC (Kieselsol/Chitosan, DualFine, whatever). When I accidently stirred up the lees, they would not settle back out. I know eventually they would, but 1 to 2 days to clear initially, then after stirring it was still cloudy after a week. If you stir in pectic enzyme, you may need more fining agent if you want to clear quickly. In my case, I had some Sparkaloid left over, and 1/4 dose of that cleared it up in a day.
 

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So check this out. I stirred it a couple of times and got a little bit of CO2 out but it didn’t really make any difference with the haze. Last night I tried putting it under a vacuum with a brake bleeder. After 24 hours it looks like this. This is the first time I’ve used the bleeder and it made a believer out of me. IMG_8693.jpg
 

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So check this out. I stirred it a couple of times and got a little bit of CO2 out but it didn’t really make any difference with the haze. Last night I tried putting it under a vacuum with a brake bleeder. After 24 hours it looks like this. This is the first time I’ve used the bleeder and it made a believer out of me. View attachment 64460
Can't quite read the gauge. How much vacuum does it pull? Just curious.
 
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