Lenoir fermenting now, when to rack off lees

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Mark Y

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Normally make muscadine wine and have racked off lees⁰ by this point , but not yet on this Lenoir. Put under air lock at 1.020sg and activity is down to micro bubbles after a couple of weeks.Did top off after vigorous activity died down. Want to rack and add kmeta and am curious if what I am seeing is the settling and off gassing. One bubble from the airlock every couple of minutes. Looks like most of the lees has settled at bottom. Looks good!
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What is the SG now? It will tell you if fermentation is done. I think the rule is 1.00 or less and no change for three or more days.

If the wine is clearing I doubt it is in active fermentation. More likely off gassing a little CO2.
 

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Definitely clearing, will probably rack off lees this weekend and add kmeta.
 

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If there is still some fermentation going on don’t count on the K-meta to stop it. For that you will need potassium sorbate. If you are in no hurry to bottle the k-meta will be enough for now. I would let it age for three months then taste and maybe rack it again.
 

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