Sediment in bottles? First time attempt.

Sediment in bottles? First time attempt.

Post by Sean M. Vad » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00



The other day I bottled my first batch of Vitners Reserve Chardonnay.  I
followed the directions, and the wine was clear when I bottled it.  Now I
am looking at the wine in the bottles and notice sediment (aka like in
homebrews) on the bottom of the bottles.  If I turn the bottles on their
side, (like you pour a glass of wine) the sediment mixes up with the wine
and it turns all cloudy and displeasing looking.  Am I missing something
here?  Is this normal, did I***up? Can I fix it?  The directions did
not say anything about this sediment.  

Confused,

sean

 
 
 

Sediment in bottles? First time attempt.

Post by Peter Newma » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00


Confused,

Next time you might need to rack your Chardonnay once more to reduce the
sediment.  If the sediment you have on the bottom of your bottles looks
like fine pieces of glass, then you have Tartrates, that will need to be
fined via cold stabilization.

Quote:

> The other day I bottled my first batch of Vitners Reserve Chardonnay.
> I
> followed the directions, and the wine was clear when I bottled it.
> Now I
> am looking at the wine in the bottles and notice sediment (aka like in

> homebrews) on the bottom of the bottles.  If I turn the bottles on
> their
> side, (like you pour a glass of wine) the sediment mixes up with the
> wine
> and it turns all cloudy and displeasing looking.  Am I missing
> something
> here?  Is this normal, did I***up? Can I fix it?  The directions
> did
> not say anything about this sediment.

> Confused,

> sean


 
 
 

Sediment in bottles? First time attempt.

Post by Sean M. Vad » Thu, 28 May 1998 04:00:00



Quote:
>Confused,

>Next time you might need to rack your Chardonnay once more to reduce the
>sediment.  If the sediment you have on the bottom of your bottles looks
>like fine pieces of glass, then you have Tartrates, that will need to be
>fined via cold stabilization.

Doesn't look like glass particles, looks like yeast sediment.  Should I
pour it back into carboy and re-rack it after a week?  Or can this wine be
drunk?  Will the sediment affect the taste?  Sure makes it look bad.
 
 
 

Sediment in bottles? First time attempt.

Post by geor » Fri, 29 May 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> Doesn't look like glass particles, looks like yeast sediment.  Should I
> pour it back into carboy and re-rack it after a week?  Or can this wine be
> drunk?  Will the sediment affect the taste?  Sure makes it look bad.

What you can do is decant it before serving. Carefully syphon into a
fresh bottle, and serve it from there. This is easier if you do not
wish to rebottle your wine.

Or, yes, you can carefully syphon back into a carboy, and let it sit
for another month or so, and then rebottle. (The sediment may not
settle out entirely in a week, and there may be even more sediment
falling out)

-georg
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