I'm never sure this group is still active, but here goes:
When making a white wine from grapes, I find that the SG is down to
0.992, but I'm still slowly bubbling. I'm assuming that this is
dissolved CO2...do you agree?
But even after 2 weeks of the wine at a SG of 0.992, it's still cloudy
with only minimal signs of clarifying. I'd rather allow the wine to
clear on its own, but I also want to have it relatively clear in time
for the really cold winter weather to allow for a good 3 weeks of cold
stabilization. Should I fine now with bentonite, or do you think I
should just wait it out?
I like to fine my whites with a very small dose of bentonite when
pitching the yeast. I generally use about 1/4 tsp per gallon. If you
add bentonite now you may get an explosive release of CO2 from the
wine, causing it to blast out of the carboy. Work it in slowly and in
It is quite possible that the sugar has all been used and a malolactic
fermentation of acid is occuring.
Check the wine for residual sugar with benedicts solution.
If you get only a slight reaction with benedicts a malolactic
fermentation is probable. This can be stopped by quite a small SO2
A truly dry wine will give you negative brix readings. Can the finished
wine be stored in a refrigerator? Otherwise, with out sterile
filtration, you risk re-fermentation.
Don't put wine in the garage if the temperature is lower than 50F. It
can damage the wine. Between 50F - 60F will also precipitate out excess
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