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DavidAitken
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Oct 12th, 2018 at 3:57pm
 
I normally leave most of my wines for about 6 months before bottling.  But I'm keen to make more, and make more use out of the 3 x 25lt fermentation container that I use. Is it safe to bottle any wine once its stopped bubbling thru the airlock ?

An out of interest, what goes on the the wine once the 2nd fementation has finished, but the wine is still developing ?
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Reply #1 - Oct 12th, 2018 at 10:39pm
 
David, Wine must be totally clear and completely stable before bottling otherwise sediments drop out and sometimes bottles explode, so clearing and stabilising are a must for early bottling.

As for what happens to the wine various chemical reactions take place, the phenols and tannins soften and acids mellow, sometimes a wine that is drinkable after a few months can taste vile months later only to develop into a wonderful wine in a year or two and something bottled as a last resort rather than dumping it can surprise you later. Wink
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Reply #2 - Oct 15th, 2018 at 10:01am
 
Once the first ferment is over, I rack everything to 5L water bottles with airlocks added to the lids.  I leave these in a dark place in the garage for up to 6 months, checking occasionally that there is still water in the airlock.  I then rack into 5L water bottles with normal lids and store those away.
  The 5L bottles cost 1.10 a go at Tesco (other stores available) and you get 5L free water with them, which I usually just dump on the garden.
  A 25 L bucket costs about 13 and 5 x 5L bottles + airlocks is about the same, but the 5L are easier to handle and store.  I go round my older bottles and press the neck gently to see if any CO2 is coming out or any extra ferment has occurred, just in case.
I think it is often advised to keep stored wine in bulk and the 5L does the job nicely.
  I have about 20 or so and often use them as DJs for initial fermentation too, you just have to tap the sides a bit to get the sediment off the ledges around the bottle.

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Relaxed now.  Thinking of making Fizz, just to keep the adrenaline up.
 
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Reply #3 - Oct 18th, 2018 at 5:01pm
 
Thanks for the advice and tips
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