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Mollie

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Help! I was degassing my wine and the bag that the oak chips were in broke! What should I do? Put it back In and just let the oak float around or just keep it out? It's already been in there for 2 weeks so maybe it's done it's job
 

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You can just leave it out, but when you go to rack the wine, it may make things a bit difficult since it can clog up your siphon. (depending on the size of the chips) I had this problem with my Super Tuscan, but in the end. It doesn't hurt anything except your patience!
 

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Taste it first. Do you like where the oak profile is sitting or could it use more?

And don't fret about the bag, I don't use one. I just rack when I feel the oak flavor is just over where I want it to be.
 

JohnT

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For what it's worth, I never use a bag. I just toss the oak in.

in time, the chips will sink. Once on the bottom of the carboy, they are easily avoided with a racking cane.
 
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Madhampster

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I never put my chips in a bag. I let them float and when the get water logged they sink to the bottom off the carboy. When I rack my wine I put a long cotton muslin bag over my auto siphon and I dont get any chips in the siphon.
 

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I never use a bag. They either sink or float so when racking I just stay away from the chips.
 

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