- Jun 6, 2012
- Reaction score
- In the woods of New Hampshire
I rack and transfer to secondary usually around day 7. I usually leave it in secondary for about 2 weeks. I rack again and let it sit a few more weeks to drop out more lees. I rack again and let it sit a minimum of one week just to make sure no more sediment drops out. There are times I let it sit a month or more. I don't filter my wine, so I make sure it has no sediment before I bottle. I've made about 50 kits, no filtering, and have never seen a speck of sediment in a bottle. Time and patience are two of the most ingredients in wine making.How do you decide it is not ready? Two weeks is very very unusual for my experience, I cover my primary pails with towels to keep out sunlight and I suppose that also makes it warmer.
I usually have a clarified kit wine ready for final processing by 4 weeks unless I'm busy and don't have time.
I usually use the fining agents in the kit (K + C) at the end of the second week but then I will add an additonal fining agent of my own (sparkloid) at the end of week three. Sparkloid , I think does the best job , so I use it to do some extra cleaning.
. Usually I stabilize by the end of week 2. I just stabilized a 6 week Vineco Chardonnay - that was at day 16.