Ideas for clearing wine that won’t clear

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    PenhowBrewer

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    I have a wineworks merlot kit which didn’t clear following the addition of the kit finings. It was thoroughly de-gassed using a drill & degassing wand before the findings were added.

    So after a few weeks I used a Harris Vinclear as that’s always worked for me.
    A few weeks later it still wasn’t clear, so I tried a Kwik Clear as this had a lot of good write-ups.

    It’s still not clear two weeks later. I contacted Lovebrewing, and had a very prompt reply, but basically saying I had done everything right and sometimes it just takes a lot of time for clearing to happen.

    I had planned on having this bottled by now, and it’s now taking up one of my FV’s which I used when racking off, so I want to get it out of the FV if I can.
    I don’t want to fork out 25 quid on a filter, especially as it might not work

    I have never had such a situation before, so has anyone else had a similar experience, and/or have any tips to get this to clear?

    Cheers
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    Could try Wilko two part finings @£1, I use often and clear every time. The Young's finings are the same I think.
     
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    I have used KwiK Clear many many times and it has always cleared in 48 hours max, does the wine smell and taste OK?
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    Used Wilko finings loads of times with good results also Kwik Clear.

    I clear all my wines in a pressure barrel, it's sealed and you can leave as long as it takes and it's easy to get a quick sample out of the tap. A cheap barrel will only cost about the same as the filter, £32 new from Wilko and you can always keep a beer or cider in it.
     
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    Back in the days when I experimented with wine (seventies) I used bentonite as a clearing agent and it worked pretty well.
    http://winemakersacademy.com/bentonite-clarify-wine/
    I stopped drinking wine when I discovered that drinks really only come in pints.
     
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    Time and a cool place. I make my wine from my own pressed grapes. After the winter my wine is clear without any finings.
     
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    Can be hard to find a cool enough place this time of year, I just cleared a wine in my north-facing front loo which can get down to 12C in winter but it struggled this time of year.
     
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    With all the finings he has used i would have thought it would have cleared long ago even at room temperature.
     
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    I did wonder if it was temp related, as I just use my garage, which is integral to the house, so it doesn’t tend to get very cold

    But as Chippy says, I would ha e thought it would have cleared with the finings I have added......and I haven’t had this problem before
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    Does it smell and taste as expected?
     
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    The smell is fine ..... no hint of anything ‘going off’.
    Taste-wise, I’d say it’s OK - little bit tart, but drinkable - it’s still pretty young, so there’s nothing I wouldn’t expect
     
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    That is good news but also bad as the only thing i can think of is a pectin haze i guess you are going to have to drink this one as it is or leave it a few months and see if it clears naturally.
     
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    Would it be worth trying some pectolase, do you think?
    This conventionally goes in at the start of the fermentation, but would it work now if it is a pectin problem at the bottom of all this?
     
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    Looks like it may be worth a try, to be honest if it tastes OK i would either leave it and see if it clears naturally or drink it as it is i have drunk many a bottle of cloudy wine due to bad syphoning when i first started and it did us no harm.


     
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    A most irritating thing to happen. Last time this happened it was a gallon of parsnip wine. Just had to leave it - it took 18 months to clear. Tasted incredible though. I work on the basis that you give it some time - then throw everything at it - and if this is not successful - then just put it away and let it do its thing.
     

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