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chris1996

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This is my first attempt at wine making. It went easily enough at the start until it came to degassing. I'm using a wine whip in a drill and it didn't bubble or fizz at all. Kept trying for an hour with no bubbles still so I continued to adding the sparkoloid. It's been a week since and it passes the reading a newspaper through it but I can't help the thought that it's still carbonated. The temp is around 75-78. Any ideas welcome.
 

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This is my first attempt at wine making. It went easily enough at the start until it came to degassing. I'm using a wine whip in a drill and it didn't bubble or fizz at all. Kept trying for an hour with no bubbles still so I continued to adding the sparkoloid. It's been a week since and it passes the reading a newspaper through it but I can't help the thought that it's still carbonated. The temp is around 75-78. Any ideas welcome.
Your wine is fine! I made 100's of gallons of DB and often get the same result. Move on to sweetening it.
 
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In the future you might want to consider using SuperKleer/Fermfast Dualfine clearing agent instead of the sparkoloid. IMHO it works a lot better.
 

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chris1996,

If you haven't already found it yet, the DangerDave's Dragon Blood Recipe thread contains invaluable information and as a new winemaker is a must read. Yes, I have read the whole thread. :db

And keep asking questions when needed.
 

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I just went to the next step 2 days ago on my 1st crack at dragon blood, of degassing and adding chems and i used the dualfine for clearing. I used a whip on a drill and it seemed like it degassed fine, not a ton of foam but it did foam and fizz.

Also i noticed the comment about "it passes the reading a newspaper through it" is that a reference about knowing when its clear? Reading a newspaper through the carboy? Thanks.
 

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oh, also it looks like its clearing great already!
 

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I just went to the next step 2 days ago on my 1st crack at dragon blood, of degassing and adding chems and i used the dualfine for clearing. I used a whip on a drill and it seemed like it degassed fine, not a ton of foam but it did foam and fizz.

Also i noticed the comment about "it passes the reading a newspaper through it" is that a reference about knowing when its clear? Reading a newspaper through the carboy? Thanks.
yes, the reading a newspaper through it is what I was told when looking for the clarity of the wine. Using sparkoloid mine cleared in 2 days and I have bottled it now a week after sweetening it. I found that it has a tart almost sour taste. I'm hoping that it will taste better after a little time, since I changed the recipe a bit and added strawberry's.
 

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Chris, let the wine age for at least 3 months. I thought mine was kinda sour to but after aging for awhile the berry flavor and sweetness came out
 

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Alright. I couldn't find too much about people making this and having to age it for a while only that it tastes pretty good right away. Glad to know that it will be ok
 
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