Wine in 1st transfer carboy untouched for 8 months

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  1. Jan 19, 2019 #1

    Pulione

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    Good Morning: We returned home after 7 months, prior to leaving the family that I thought would transfer the wine for me failed to do so. It has been in the 1st carboy from the fermenter for the past 8 months. It is Merlot - 2 - 5 gal. carboys.
    Will it still be good - any suggestions how to proceed.
    Thanks for the help.

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    I'd start by smelling the wine. There is most likely nothing unsafe about it, but it may be a little unsavory. Take a sniff, take a sip, see what you think.

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    As @Boatboy24 said, give it a sniffy sniff. If it smells ok, give it a taste. If it smells and tastes good, all is well!
     
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    Thanks for the reply, sorry for the delay in replying - there is just so much that needs to be done.
    I really appreciate the help, as no more harm can come to the 2 carboys, they are still intact under lock, they are just going to have to wait their turn.
    I will post a update when the tasting is complete.
    Thanks again, take care.
     
  5. Feb 21, 2019 #5

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    Just curious, what is considered a “safe” amount of time to leave second racking on the lees? I was not paying attention while vacuum racking from secondary fermentation carboy to what I hoped would be a 3 month aging carboy but sucked up a lot of the lees. Wine has a SG of .994 and I added K-met.

    Thoughts?
     
  6. Feb 21, 2019 #6

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    My thoughts are don't lose a second of sleep over it. I often pick up a bunch of the lees on the second racking, they fall out and no adverse effects. I really only worry about getting anything on the first racking of from grapes wines, kits, fruit wines, I'll take as much as I can get.
     
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    Thanks, so it’s let it age until the next racking at 3 months.
     
  8. Feb 21, 2019 #8

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    I’m really surprised the airlocks didn’t go dry that long. I have to add water every 2-3 months
     
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    You can add a little glycerin to your airlocks to slow that loss down.
     
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