Delayed racking after fermentation

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  1. iridium

    iridium Supporting Members Supporting Member

    Jul 22, 2017
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    I recently started an apple wine and everything was going well. I make small batches and used 6 quarts of apple juice, 2 cups of sugar, 1 tsp of yeast nutrient and a packet of yeast. My first pH reading was 3.2 which I thought was too low so I added a tsp of calcium carbonate which raised it too high. So I added a tsp of acid blend to get it back to 3.5.

    Primary fermentation went well until yesterday when it just stopped. Specific gravity was 0.994 so I know it fermented dry. So far everything looks like it is going great.

    Here is the problem. My rack magic became unusable before I was able to rack into a carboy to start bulk aging. A new one is on its way, but won't be here until Tuesday. So I have closed the lid on the primary fermentation bucket, but am wondering if the three day delay will be okay. Should I add some k-meta at this point?

    Any thoughts and advice is appreciated.

    Thank you.
  2. meadmaker1

    meadmaker1 Member

    Jan 22, 2017
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    You should be fine and yes k meta but id leave it till Tuesday, disturb it one time and be done
  3. wildhair

    wildhair Member

    Oct 29, 2016
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    Why not just siphon it out the old fashioned way? I have a similar racking siphon - I tried it once. It started to suck up lees 2" from the bottom of the fermenter.

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