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I was just reading a post and when I saw the word “Sorbate” the oh 💩lightbulb lit up!

Saturday I bottled my petite Pearl/Marquette/Verona blend with a touch of back sweetening. It had been aging for 11 months so I didn’t add sorbate… I also bottled a 100% rhubarb with 57ml of simple syrup (2:1) per gallon.

The light bulb was me remembering that I didn’t add sorbate to the rhubarb (which is only 5 months old) either! I ran downstairs and opened a bottle right away. The cork came out real easy like but I wouldn’t say it was fizzy.

I put all 27 bottles in the garage fridge. Do I need to empty , add sorbate and re-bottle? What are the odds they survive if I don’t? What a rookie move!
 
The Elderberry I bottled last spring with no sorbate isn't pushing corks, but when I pulled one, it certainly made a pop. Given the light level of backsweetening, I'm probably ok. I'm keeping an eye on those bottles, but so far the corks are not budging. I have 4 left so it's not a huge effort to rebottle.

We added honey by the glass for the bottle we opened, and that worked ok. Unless I decided to rebottle, we'll do that for the remainder.

How lucky do you feel?

If it were me I'd watch the Petite Pearl blend, as it may be ok. Pull a cork in a month and see if you get a pop. If you do, it may need rebottling.

The Rhubarb is highly likely to ferment, so I'd unbottle, stabilize, and rebottle.
 
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The Elderberry I bottled last spring with no sorbate isn't pushing corks, but when I pulled one, it certainly made a pop. Given the light level of backsweetening, I'm probably ok. I'm keeping an eye on those bottles, but so far the corks are not budging. I have 4 left so it's not a huge effort to rebottle.

We added sugar honey by the glass for the bottle we opened, and that worked ok. Unless I decided to rebottle, we'll do that for the remainder.

How lucky do you feel?

If it were me I'd watch the Petite Pearl blend, as it may be ok. Pull a cork in a month and see if you get a pop. If you do, it may need rebottling.

The Rhubarb is highly likely to ferment, so I'd unbottle, stabilize, and rebottle.
Thanks. With 11 months aging I feel fine with the northern hybrid blend. I purposely skipped the sorbate with that one. The rhubarb I think my brain was thinking it was aged a long time as well. I never even got the sorbate out of the tote.
 
I added a lot of sugar to my 2021 Marquette when it was about 18 months old, I also added MLB at the time but couldn’t get it to referment . It hasn’t generated a single bubble in over a year.
 
Thanks. With 11 months aging I feel fine with the northern hybrid blend. I purposely skipped the sorbate with that one.
Welllll? I mentioned this in a previous post but after a few weeks the wine was carbonated. A week or two later and two corks popped. Last night I opened one and the purple volcano pushed 80% of the volume out of the bottle so I immediately de-bottled all 38 bottles. It’s now back in the carboy.

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This was my first experience with the purple volcano! The wine actually tastes quite good when I degass it and add a touch of simple syrup.
 
@ChuckD, sorry that I'm laughing, but that picture is a fantastic illustration why we need to stabilize wine! I've saved a copy I've titled "ChuckD's Purple Volcano".

I checked my other 4 bottles of Elderberry -- the corks are not pushing at all. My younger son & wife will be visiting at Thanksgiving, and we'll open one then along with the sorbated Elderberry. I made this wine specifically for my DIL and her mom, as they love Elderberry wine.
 
Welllll? I mentioned this in a previous post but after a few weeks the wine was carbonated. A week or two later and two corks popped. Last night I opened one and the purple volcano pushed 80% of the volume out of the bottle so I immediately de-bottled all 38 bottles. It’s now back in the carboy.

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This was my first experience with the purple volcano! The wine actually tastes quite good when I degass it and add a touch of simple syrup.
I had this happen but they were already in a decorative rack in the room. One popped, shot across our heads as we were watching tv, and sprayed the room!
 

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