Rookies should follow the instructions when making a kit with a couple of possible exceptions. 1) reduce the oaking if you don't like oaked wines. 2) extend the time frames AFTER the wine is in a carboy AND under air-lock.is it necessary? what lees would be left from a kit? or is it for a proper secondary fermentation environment?
This is not of the total Sediment of the batch but that's in the carboy itself so by the time of the 3rd rack 4% would not be noticeable. it was in some book I saw at barns and noble where they break down wine making scientifically, using a Centrifuge to separate measuring every single substance. it was to expensive to buy. it was like a $140 book.Primary to first rack you will take about 50%-75% of the total sediment
second rack you will take 15%-25
Third will be about 4%-13%
No truer words have ever been spoken lol, on any subject.try finding out what the problem is that you are having in a book, it ust never seems to be there.
lol I knew what you ment lol, I am a Martial arts Instructor for a free after school youth program run through the Police. When I was in school I learned a lot from the program, and now that I am older and over the age of 18, I give back as an instructor.No I am not, I meant he is learning and his Kung Fu is getting stronger! I do believe in using non-painted galss marbles to displace lost volume from racking but would never suggest using rocks as they are pourous and could never be truly sanitized.