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Wines are just about through with MLF, how long after that racking do you wait if any to introduce wine into your barrels?
 

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No need to wait at all. Most commercial wineries do their MLF in the barrel.
 

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Cool! Hope to see first barrel time in a few more weeks.
 

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If I have empty barrels, I move them at first racking. Mlf, finish of primary, the barrel doesn't care!
 

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Took chromo test by Prospero Grape had the expert Alfredo there give me his opinion and all but one is ready! CH-16 is now my go to MLB thanks @JohnT
Next week will begin barrel aging.
We have a 23L Vadai, and a total of 56 gallons of wine. I know I won't be able to rotate all carboys through in one year, so have decided to split what goes into barrel and what will be aged in carboys with oak sticks.
 

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I rack after primary, then do mlf in the barrel.

If it is a new barrel, taste regularly. I only let it stay in a new Vadai 50l for about 3 months. The next fill is longer of course. Have fun.
 

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I rack after primary, then do mlf in the barrel.

If it is a new barrel, taste regularly. I only let it stay in a new Vadai 50l for about 3 months. The next fill is longer of course. Have fun.
I do the same. Sage advice to taste the wine frequently; I've over oaked a few wines and was quite disappointed.
 

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Plan is to begin tasting after 2 weeks on first wines in it. Will go from there on whether we rotate or go a bit longer. After that pretty much same thing getting a few more weekends in each round.
 
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