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It was my turn to make a really dumb mistake last night, you might even call it stupid! I removed the airlock from a carboy of wine in the clarifying stage and forgot to put it back it. I found my mistake today. The stopper was still installed so there was about a 1/4 inch hole letting the outside in. This went on for about 24 hrs. So thankful that I happed to be messing around with those carboys again today for no good reason.

The wine is a WE Sangiovese that I had clarified and topped up a few days ago (2/17) so luckily I had just added metabisulphite. My gut feeling is to add 1/4 tsp more but I will wait for some advise.

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If it were mine I'd simply put the airlock back on and forget it ever happened. Even if well degassed the wine might very well still be giving off some CO2.
 

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I've done it a few times to no ill effect. You should be fine.
 

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Oxidation is much like rust. You expose some uncoated metal to water and oxygen and it will rust but it won't visibly (perceptibly) rust in a day or a month. You might not see any evidence for months and months and then see just a trace.
 

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As others said, you should be fine. You might do more harm than good in trying to "fix" it by overcompensating. I can't imagine there will be any noticeable ill effect from that short a period of time. :)
 

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