Wine Kit Questions: Water and Bubbles

“A letter is an unannounced visit, the postman the agent of rude surprises. One ought to reserve an hour a week for receiving letters and afterwards take a bath.” -Friedrich Nietzsche Man, that Nietzsche was a grumpy Gus. I happen to love getting letters. Oh we get letters here at the “Wine Kits” column. We get questions, comments and requests for clarification, and sometimes we are even able to answer them! The great thing about letters is how much they tell you about what winemakers really care about — I might want to jabber on about the next great thing it wine kit technology, or why you should be cellaring all of your wines for a year before tasting them, but invariably folks would rather have me clarify what degassing is all about, or what their hydrometer is telling them. With that in mind, here are two of the things you are interested in. Topping up with water My kit instructions say that I should top up the carboy with water after I finish with fining and stabilizing. Sometimes that’s