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I have racked some Pinot noir into glass carboys and MLF continues. Had a mild sulphur issue (probably left on the gross lees a day or two too long), so dosed with Reduless, and will be racking after 72 hours according to recommended use.

Q: There are oak cubes in the carboys, they have sunk into the lees. After racking can I just scrub them in a strainer, rinse with Star San, and throw back into the wine when it is returned to the cleaned carboys? My guess is no problem as long as sanitation is OK?
 

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I have racked some Pinot noir into glass carboys and MLF continues. Had a mild sulphur issue (probably left on the gross lees a day or two too long), so dosed with Reduless, and will be racking after 72 hours according to recommended use.

Q: There are oak cubes in the carboys, they have sunk into the lees. After racking can I just scrub them in a strainer, rinse with Star San, and throw back into the wine when it is returned to the cleaned carboys? My guess is no problem as long as sanitation is OK?
I would think that if you collect them in a strainer and simply rinse the lees off, they'd be fine to go right back in, a little spritz with a sanitizer certainly wouldn't hurt the effort.....
 

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Do we need to sanitize the oak chips right out of the bag. It seems we would lose some of the aroma and effects if we pre-wash and sanitize them. What do you think.
 

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Do we need to sanitize the oak chips right out of the bag. It seems we would lose some of the aroma and effects if we pre-wash and sanitize them. What do you think.
I don't. I add them directly to my wine. Sanitizing them will wash off some of the char.
 
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If you add the oak cubes before you wine clears you got to clean them off after racking. I have had success adding my oak cubes after the wine clears. It takes a little longer but the ox is slow, but the earth is patient.
 

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Should oak cubes be taken out once fermentation has stopped or can we leave them in longer, would there be any benefit.
 

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Should oak cubes be taken out once fermentation has stopped or can we leave them in longer, would there be any benefit.
I use oak chips, or in some cases oak dust during fermentation. It doesn’t add oak flavor, it adds body. After my wine clears, I add oak cubes for 6 weeks. Rack and bottle.
 

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