I hate being this guy...Is my wine in trouble?

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mcissell

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I've been brewing for a number of years, and decided to take a go at making wine. I've started with an RJS En Primeur Super Tuscan kit, and everything has been going well for the first 6 days, but as I was getting ready to rack from primary to secondary, I saw this little bastard on top of my grape skin bag...

Not liking the cut of his jib, I went to remove the bag, and "plunk"! It slid right into the primary. Not sure what I should do (if anything) at this point other than just wait it out and see what happens, but I'm more than a little disheartened, as I've never had a problem with contamination in brewing, and, unlike brewing, the end point here is a year away, and not a mere couple months.

Any constructive thoughts are appreciated. Here are the details of the process thus far...

RJS En Primeur Super Tuscan kit
Lalvin EC-1118 yeast
Day 0: Printed directions followed. Yeast rehydrated and pitched into 72deg fermenter. 1/2 tsp White Labs WLN 1000 yeast nutrient added at end. SG=1.105, BRIX = 24.1.
Day 1: Stirred must and punched down oak/muslin bag of grape skins.
Day 2: Stirred/Punched. Vigorous fermentation. Temp=81.7, SG=1.0776, BRIX = 11.5
Day 3: Stirred/punch x2. Broke hydrometer (Cazzo!). Temp=85.3
Day 4: Stirred/punched. Still no hydrometer. Temp 83.1
Day 6: Visible mold as shown. SG=1.002, BRIX=0.25. Sample taken. Aromas of black and red fruits. Sharp taste on the tongue. Slightly fizzy (presumably dissolved Co2).

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Thanks, everyone.
 

salcoco

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wine is more forgiving than beer as regards to contamination due to the ph level. I would rack the wine now. wait three days for any major crud/lees to settle and then rack again. add k-meta per instructions and sorbate if in the kit. go three weeks and rack again add k-meta. somewhere in the process the instructions ask you to degass and add fining agents. follow those instructions. I would the wait three months before even considering bottling longer if possible. I would add 1/4 tsp k-meta for 5 gallons in each application. after bottling age at least 2 years.
 

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