How to Remove the Yeast Sediment From Wine

By G.K. Bayne

Yeast sediment in wine cannot only make the wine cloudy, it can also affect the taste of the wine. A process known as racking separates wine from the yeast sediment during the aging or bottling process. This process is especially important for the home winemaker, as it allows you to produce flavorful, clear wine.

Removing the sediment from wine gives a clear result.

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Step 1

Wash and sanitize your second fermenting vessel or the appropriate number of wine bottles. This can be accomplished by rinsing the vessel or bottles with one gallon of water and a capful of bleach added to the water.

Step 2

Insert one end of the siphon hose into the primary fermenting vessel, keeping the end of the hose above the sediment in the bottom by at least one inch.

Step 3

Start the siphon and transfer the wine to the second vessel or into the bottles.

Step 4

Discard the yeast sediment in the primary brewing vessel. Attach the lid and airlock to the secondary vessel to continue the wine fermentation if needed. Cap or cork wine bottles, if not doing a secondary fermentation.