How long do I have to press?

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    AnthonySoCo

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    I have confirmed that my primary fermentation has reached 0 brix using both a hydrometer and spectrometer. My question is how long do I have to press the must? I have a scheduling conflict that won’t allow me to rack the wine off of the gross lees within 1-2 days if I press now. Can I wait 6 or so days to press after the wine has finished fermenting? Thanks for any info!
     
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    You should probably press now, unless you can get your grapes very cold and do a long cold soak. It isn't the end of the world not to rack off the gross lees in 2 days, but it is best practice to do so. You don't want to leave the fermented wine open to the air for another week, while you aren't stirring it around.
     
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    Sounds good, thanks for the reply. I guess I have a late night ahead of me!
     

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