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I made 15 gallons (57 L) of wine in my basement and it won’t finish fermenting. Help!

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Dear Wine Wizard, I made 15 gallons (57 L) of wine in my basement and it won’t finish fermenting. Now I am left with a wine that is carbonated, which I do not mind. The problem is that when I store them on their sides, they start to bleed through the corks — two even popped out of the bottle! So the taste I don’t mind, but how do I store these bottles? Will they all eventually just explode? Would it be a good idea to start drinking them sooner as opposed to later? I was thinking of adding a stabilizer in each bottle and then recorking them. Would this work or should I just keep the wine stored upright? Also, I started on 15 more gallons (57 L) of wine in my basement not knowing that this problem would exist. Since then I have wrapped the carboys with blankets hoping that they would retain enough heat for a good fermentation. Is this a good idea or should I move them upstairs? Warren Rutgers Kingsville, Ontario The Wiz Responds: Ah,