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I added oak beans to several different batches of wine at the same time. Only my Chardonnay turned milky and hazy while the other wines were clear. Do you have any idea what happened?


Dear Wine Wizard, After I stabilized my wine, I added French medium toast oak beans to the Chardonnay 3/4 cup (new beans), Sauvignon Blanc 1/3 cup (new beans), Ruisseau Blanc 3/4 cup (used beans), and French Colombard 3/4 cup (used beans). All the wines are 19 L. Only the Chardonnay turned milky, cloudy and hazy. I used Claro K.C. a fining mixture made up of kieselsol and gelatin. I mixed in the kieselsol and in 12 hours there was 1/2 inch of sediment that had collected on the bottom. I racked the wine before adding the clarifier or gelatin. After three days there was another 1/2 inch of white sediment. The wine is becoming very clear with that delicate straw color. Why did only the Chardonnay react while the others remained crystal clear? Robert A. Klaus Houston, Texas Wine Wizard replies: You present an interesting situation, one that is common to all winemakers: Why does one batch do something screwy when other batches,treated the same way, do not? The answer is that all wines are different and will react accordingly