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RiverRat

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I started this Luna Bianca March 3 and was thinking I would be racking into the second primary by now; however, when I open the lid, there is a thick "muddy" layer on top (see pic). I gave it a stir this morning hoping it would make its way to the bottom of the bucket, but the layer is back. My SG read 1.010 earlier today. Does this look like a natural fermentation? Would you rack now or let it settle down a bit? Anyone else experience this with the Luna? Thanks!

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NeufeldMB

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I don't know much but that does not look good. I am interested to hear what the more experienced folks have to say!
 

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What does it smell like? taste like? taken a hydrometer reading?
 

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What riverrat didn't mention was that Luna Bianca comes with a lot of oak sawdust, which I am pretty sure is what we are seeing in the photo. I think you can rack to secondary now, seeing as you are at or below 1.010.
 

RiverRat

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Thank you. I was hoping it was the oak, even though my limited experience with oak has never looked like this, but I also have never dealt with four bags of sawdust either. I feel better.
 

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Don't stir before you rack. Nice thing is, with all that CO2 pushing the dust to the top, you can rack your wine from underneath, then leave that mess behind.
 

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