- posted 13 years ago
I'm making a Heron Bay Premium 6 week wine kit - Cabernet Franc Merlot. I started it on 4-16-07, and I added a sizable package of oak chips at that time. SG was 1.095. After seven days the SG is supposed to be 1.005 or less and the wine racked into a carboy for the remainder of the fermentation. However, on 4-23-07 the SG was 1.024 so I left it in the primary fermenter. I'm sure the slow fermentation is due to the low ambient temps we've had here (Maine) recently.
So... What's the collective wisdom? Is leaving it on the oak for this long going to have an adverse effect on the taste? Should I rack now and let the fermentation continue in the secondary or just leave it alone for a while longer?