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Hello, Making wine for the first time. It is in the final

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Hello,
Making wine for the first time. It is in the final days of the 'clearing' stage and I see that the wine has seemed to of expanded. I had filled the carboy to within an inch and a half to two inches as suggested in the instructions. But now a week later the wine has filled the carboy and is moving into the air lock. Is this normal? A sign that it is done, or not yet as if it were expanding after being bottled I guess this would be worse.
thanks for any help/ advice you may offer.
Cheers!

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Hello. I can assist you with your question.

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If the temperature has increased, the volume of the wine will increase.

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And as in your case, possibly into the airlock.

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You should remove the excess and maybe have a sip to see what it tastes like at this point.

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In fact, it's a good idea to always leave a little headspace, and that is usually accomplished by taking a sip every now and then to see how it's coming along.

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So, your wine isn't in trouble yet, but it is either done or close to done.

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In the "too much information" category, here's a reference for you. It shows how changing in temperature correlate to changes in volume.

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http://bitli.es/tFOIRM

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Is it me, or do we live in a time where everything we can think of already exists? I wouldn't have known this chart did if you hadn't asked :-)

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I hope this helps.

Customer:

I think you are right, and definately everything that is ever required. Thanks for locating it for us lazy folk - lol! Much appreciated. Merry cristmas and the very bestest for you and yours in the new years to follow. Cheers!

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