Discussion in 'Beginners Wine Making Forum' started by TikiWine, Mar 19, 2019.
How can you tell if the clearing us complete and ready to bottle. Especially with a red wine?
Probably one of the first mysteries I ever had. Put it in a glass, hold it up to a light and tilt the glass.
I did that. It seems clear, but doesn't taste clear
Its probably just young wine your tasting let it sit about a year and it will definitely improve I let my reds bulk age a year before bottling and sometimes another year before drinking.....it gets easier to do as you build up a pipeline.
Ok I forgot to add kmeta after the clearing, can I let it stay in the bottle that long?
I would unbottle and add kmeta.
I use a flashlight in the opposite side of the carboy and watch. If the light is visible in the other side, it is typically clear.
I rack my wines every 3-4 months. When their is NO sediment on the bottom of the carboy I say it’s time to bottle. Sometimes it takes a year, sometimes almost 2!! Learned not to rush things. Roy
What’s it taste like? If it tastes bitey or fizzy, you don’t have sentiment, you have gas.
So if a kit recipe says to let it clear for 10 days, there’s no issue letting it sit for months until I get around to bottling it? I don’t see why it would hurt, but I thought I would ask.
Gill - if you’re at that point in the directions where it says, “Wait X days, then bottle,” yes. You can let it sit for a few months (or years) instead. Again, I’d taste it after the three months. If it’s ready, rack and dose to a clean carboy, then bottle. If not, rack, dose and wait three more months.
Awesome! Thank you for the response, I really appreciate it. It’s what what I thought, but didn’t have any clarification. What you say makes sense.
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