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Topping up after racking
Jun 18th, 2018 at 2:25pm
 
I have a few wines fermenting in DJ's.  One is apricot which will produce a lot of sediment from the pulp.  When I rack it (when the time comes) they're likely to need a lot of topping up.  In order to prevent adding sugar syrup/water or whatever, I've filled a wine bottle with spare mixture to top up with.  Can I actually do this?  Will it affect the wine in the DJ?  Would it be better to put it in a smaller bottle with an air-lock, ferment out and use to top up or is it safe to do the former (given it's hard to find small bottles with a wide enough neck for the bung)?

Any words of wisdom will be appreciated  Smiley
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Reply #1 - Jun 18th, 2018 at 10:58pm
 
Jintie, having some spare mixture is a good idea, I assume it has no yeast in it and as such it could go off/mouldy, a little yeast will help it keep up with the main batch, just cover the neck with a piece of cling film or plug with cotton wool to keep the critters out. Wink
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Reply #2 - Jun 19th, 2018 at 11:11am
 
It does have yeast in it, it's the same mixture as that I put in the demijohn and is currently in the fridge.  I guess I should have strained some off before adding yeasts, nutrients etc......but wouldn't this still go off?

So am I correct in thinking that I'd have been better putting it in a smaller bottle with an air-lock, fermenting out and using that to top up.

Would I be better just throwing the spare away?

For anyone interested, I've found that  bbc marinade bottles (Co-Op, Paul Newman etc) have a wide neck that fit a bung and air-lockable are handy to ferment liquid to top up with after racking
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Reply #3 - Jun 19th, 2018 at 9:47pm
 
J, keep the spare mixture but bring it out of the fridge covered as suggested it will ferment and you won't be adding a sugar solution to your wine when you top up. Wink
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Reply #4 - Jun 20th, 2018 at 1:26am
 
Will do.  Didn't know I could do that without an air lock fitted.  So much to learn.  Thank You
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Reply #5 - Jun 20th, 2018 at 3:26pm
 
The idea of an airlock is mainly to keep unwanted visitors from falling into the wine and later to keep oxygen away during anaerobic fermentation. Wink
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