Quantcast

Over sulfited--how many times to rack?

Wine Making Talk

Help Support Wine Making Talk:

Mazaruni

Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2013
Messages
57
Reaction score
3
Hi there folks,

I over sulfited my black currant wine. An experienced winemaker tasted it, and it gave him the sniffles. I racked and splashed it, and this helped at least slightly. My question is...should I wait a few weeks and rack/splash again? Can I just keep doing this every few weeks until it is better?

I guess I might start testing for sulfite. I've seem Titrets and Accuvin tests, but not sure which is good for dark colored wines.

Thanks for your thoughts!
 

ceeaton

Fifth year
Joined
Feb 15, 2015
Messages
5,063
Reaction score
5,123
Location
Southern PA
Hi there folks,

I over sulfited my black currant wine. An experienced winemaker tasted it, and it gave him the sniffles. I racked and splashed it, and this helped at least slightly. My question is...should I wait a few weeks and rack/splash again? Can I just keep doing this every few weeks until it is better?

I guess I might start testing for sulfite. I've seem Titrets and Accuvin tests, but not sure which is good for dark colored wines.

Thanks for your thoughts!
I think time is your friend in this case. Depending how much you over sulfited it could take a few months to several years. How much did you add?

And yes, if you can test that would help by knowing where you are at, sulfite wise. I think commercial wineries can add around 100 ppm without you being able to taste it, can you taste it at this point when you sample it?
 

Ajmassa

just a guy
Joined
Oct 25, 2016
Messages
3,872
Reaction score
3,582
Location
S. Jersey/Philadelphia area
All depends on how much you added. I mistakenly added 2 full 1/4tsp doses a week apart to a batch. Splash racked and tested with the titrets and it was fine.
Those glass titrets are less than $20 and even tho not crazy accurate, they are still good enough to tell you what you need to know.
It’s Such a small amount of red wine needed so it’s not too difficult to note the color change.
 

GreenEnvy22

Senior Member
Joined
Sep 12, 2015
Messages
488
Reaction score
648
Location
Niagara Region, Canada
Hi there folks,

I over sulfited my black currant wine. An experienced winemaker tasted it, and it gave him the sniffles. I racked and splashed it, and this helped at least slightly. My question is...should I wait a few weeks and rack/splash again? Can I just keep doing this every few weeks until it is better?

I guess I might start testing for sulfite. I've seem Titrets and Accuvin tests, but not sure which is good for dark colored wines.

Thanks for your thoughts!
Titrets are great for whites, but dark reds you cant see colour change.
I took a sample of mine and sent it into a local college's wine lab, they tested it for me for $15.
 

Mazaruni

Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2013
Messages
57
Reaction score
3
I think time is your friend in this case. Depending how much you over sulfited it could take a few months to several years. How much did you add?

And yes, if you can test that would help by knowing where you are at, sulfite wise. I think commercial wineries can add around 100 ppm without you being able to taste it, can you taste it at this point when you sample it?
Thanks, ceeaton. I think the problem was mostly when I degassed and racked it a few months ago. It tasted good, and I added 1 campden per gallon since I'd been degassing. I'll bet if I had been testing, I would have noticed sulfite was already sufficient. It has a noticeable sulfite taste and smell, but it dissipates some if you leave the sample open to air. I'll have to decide whether to leave it in the carboy for awhile or bottle and wait a few years!
 

Mazaruni

Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2013
Messages
57
Reaction score
3
Titrets are great for whites, but dark reds you cant see colour change.
I took a sample of mine and sent it into a local college's wine lab, they tested it for me for $15.
Cool idea...I should check if my local university would do this. Here in Minneapolis, USA, they have a cold climate grape program.
 

Mazaruni

Member
Joined
Mar 8, 2013
Messages
57
Reaction score
3
All depends on how much you added. I mistakenly added 2 full 1/4tsp doses a week apart to a batch. Splash racked and tested with the titrets and it was fine.
Those glass titrets are less than $20 and even tho not crazy accurate, they are still good enough to tell you what you need to know.
It’s Such a small amount of red wine needed so it’s not too difficult to note the color change.
Thanks! I guess I have to start testing one way or another!
 
Top