Anybody know if this is good or bad?


I have a demijohn of wine which I added finings to. The next day, a large pink leathery wine mosnter had grown on the surface and has been there for a few days now. The monster, as I said looks moist, leathery, has tendrils which descend down into the wine, and almost looks alive. The wine appears to still be cloudy and hasn't even begun to show signs of clearing
This is how the surface of the monster appears
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And this shows the tendrils descending into the wine
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Is this wine ruined, or is this a normal part of how some finings work? If it's not normal, is there anything I can do to recover it?
Reply to
Sam

That's pretty scary, we need more information though. What finings did you use? Did you mix 2 or more fining agents? Did you see the movie "Alien"? Steve
Reply to
Steve Peek

LOL. It does look like a creature from a 1950's B movie doesn't it? It was a 2 part fining. You add the small sachet of clear liquid first and stir it in then leave it for an hour before stirring in the larger sachet of clear gloop. If the wine's lost, it isn't a major problem as it hasn't cost me anything other than time. All the fruit came from local hedgerows in the countryside near my house.
Reply to
Sam

It looks like some reaction from the 2 parts of the fining agent. Are you sure it didn't say 24 hours between parts? Regardless, I'd rack the wine from underneath the blob and give it a taste. It's most likely fine. Steve
Reply to
Steve Peek

That's what I thought. Oh well, if that's what it is, I'll be able to make a nice salad dressing for the summer barbecues next year, LOL.
Reply to
Sam

Definitely said 1 hour. I just dug the packet out of the bin to check. It smells fine. Smells mighty string in fact. I'll do as yu suggest and rack it off to see if it clears any.
Reply to
Sam

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looks like it didnnt get stirred in enought and the sediment floated instad of sank.
did it clear?
looks good otherwise
Reply to
Tater

Didn't clear - well, not yet. I syphoned off the wine from below the monster into a clean demijohn, and put it out into the shed where it's cold. I'm going to give it time to let it clear the old fashioned way now, as this expeience has sort of scared me off using finings. looks good otherwise
Reply to
Sam

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