SECOND.SHOT.

Clearly I can’t multitask. Last week’s post proved that babbling on camera and racking wine don’t mix…

Self-reflexive!

For those out of the loop, since October 23rd, I’ve been fashioning wine out of Vidal Blanc juice, which I bought from a grower in New York.

Fermentation ended two weeks ago. Most of the wine’s sediment had settled. My mini-fridge crystallized the tartaric acid. But I managed to set that all back another week by sucking dregs back into the wine.

Word of advice: don’t daze off. Stop suction before, rather than after, your siphon gets to the tank’s bottom.

So I added dirt to get rid of dirt (actually it’s a vegan clay of diatomes that negatively charges the wine: killing suspension, glomming solids together, and sinking them).

This new week gives me another chance to rack my wine. Let the video-babble commence:

After some tank down-time, I return with sparkling fresh, sterilized equipment:

Let’s see what’s left:

Yumm!

Clean equipment immediately after you rack wine.  Otherwise, gunk dries into a cake that isn’t for your birthday.

Spick and/or span?

Once purged of all insolent detritus, I reset the tanks and camera:

The Fates hold one more racking in my future. If I don’t mess it up, bottling will be in order. Glass carboys are hardly air-tight, especially as the wine decreases. But once in bottle, air is my least concern.

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2 Responses to SECOND.SHOT.

  1. sand110 says:

    Beautiful color. Will it serve like the Ice wine/Finger Lakes wine?

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