- Dec 9, 2009
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I would like to understand oxidation a bit better. This weekend, I was in the degassing phase of my WE World Vineyard Riesling. The wine whip fell out of my drill and into the carboy. This being my first kit, sent me into a panic. Uncertain of how I could fish the thing out of there, I ended up racking into a primary, cleaning and resanitizing the carboy, then racking back into the carboy. First of all, was this the right thing to do? Not sure what else I could’ve done. Directions say that once it is clear (in about 14 days) you can bottle. I plan on bulk aging for 2-3 months instead of bottling immediately. I will have to rack to get off the lees when bulk aging starts. My question is regarding the exposure to oxygen at this point. I plan on racking to primary and back to carboy again. Oxidation seems like such an important concern during this time, as I need to make sure the carboy is topped up with an airlock. Is it fine to be racking to a primary for the 30 mins or so until I can rack back to the carboy? I’m just trying to understand the level of care that needs to be taken during this phase.