Racking means transferring from one vessel to another, for example from your Primary Fermenter to your Carboy. It’s an easy procedure but a lot of customers are far to careful when doing so. Even experienced wine makers when racking are leaving too much wine behind. Take ALL of the liquid, and yes, if some sediment sneaks over when racking your wine- don’t worry. Any sediment transferred will be the first to drop out into the secondary.
When you leave too much wine behind it’s wine you won’t be drinking later- and that is a bad thing. Also, leaving wine behind means you’ll have more head-space in the carboy which leaves your wine vulnerable to oxidation. Finally- rack your wine ONLY when the instructions tell you to rack. Extra rackings are not necessary. They waste wine and again expose your wine to more oxygen than necessary.
Be greedy- don’t waste wine!
Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)
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