Racking schedule without clearing agents

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  1. Nov 22, 2019 #1

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    It seems that if I’m bulk aging for a year, racking every 3 months adds up to quite a few rackings over this period...it’s basically 5 if you include the initial racking from primary. Is it possible or even advisable to extend a racking to 6 months if there is say 1/4” sediment? There may be less it’s just really hard to put a measurement to it.
     
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    I don't think it will cause any real harm to not rack for 6 mints. Might want a bit larger amount of SO2, but other than that go ahead.
     
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    Yeah I have means for accurate testing so I will monitor that...just don’t want any off taste. Trying to minimize racking/handling and waste, although my racking has been pretty efficient as of late. I like to prop the carboy up on some cedar shims a day or two before, than gently rack.

    It’s actually still the super Tuscan from a while back....still running the clearing agent test vs natural in a Ultra premium kit.
     
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    I bulk age for about 12 months. I don't rack until just prior to bottling. No issues so far, been doing it this way for several years.
     
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    With no additional sulphite additions during that period?
     
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    Reds sit for about 12 months without any additions, whites sit for 6 months. Then they're dosed with So2 and bottled. Reds will sit at least another 6 months before opening the first bottle, whites will sit for at least a month.
     
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    As I use clearing agents in the primary and secondary fermentation. I also rack a few times while changing over from the primary to secondary fermenter and then to the carboy for bulk aging. I have found that at the end of the bulk aging, I have very little (but a bit) of sediment in the carboy. The final racking into my bottling bucket with a nice spigot for bottling takes out the last bit. I even tip the bucket (6 gallon) to get the last wine in the bottle and mark that one. When we drink that one it has no sediment in it. Usually drink that bottle first as a test after about a month. Works for me.
     
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    racking can be minimized but so2 additions cannot. should add alt least 1/4 tsp per 5 gallon every three months
     

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