All your wine should be degassed for the reasons below -
Suspended carbon dioxide prevents wine from properly clearing.
White wines are especially sensitive to the amount of suspended carbon dioxide. An improperly degassed white wine can have a haze to it that won’t clear through fining.
Carbon dioxide increases the sensation of acidity in wine. While the acid isn’t really there it tastes like it is.
Despite all these reasons to remove the carbon dioxide you don’t want to remove absolutely all of it. This can leave a wine tasting flabby and boring. For the amateur winemaker, however, this is rarely a problem.
Even sparkling wine is first made as a still wine and must be free of carbon dioxide prior to making a sparkling wine.
Usually not being able to remove enough carbon dioxide to avoid the three negative effects listed above is what gets us in trouble. So, let’s look at the best ways to degas your wine.
How to Degas Wine
Excellent,Shaking a DJ to get rid of the CO2 takes time and is a bit of a PITA and using a big spoon to degas 23 litres of wine is not much better, a degassing wand makes degassing a minute job.
You can also use it to mix all your ingredients meaning you dont have to heat water to dissolve the sugar, this saves time and cleaning sticky pans etc.
Watch click tricks video on how to make a degassing wand from an old coat hanger below.
When using the wand start in forwards for 5 seconds then switch to reverse for 5 and keep doing this for a minute.
This is mine -
(I removed the part i have blacked out in the picture as it made it difficult to get it into the DJ it also works in a FV)
I'm going to buy another one to cut down (like the fly swatter) to fit the DJ neck, but with the bits cut off I can use a nylon nut and bolt to re-attach two paddles and make a commercial type one. (costing about £24)