I am making a Wine Expert Eclipse cabernet kit. I’ve been a homebrewer for years, this is my first wine kit. Primary and secondary are complete and the batch is ready to move to stabilize and clarify: rack, degass, add metabisulfite, sorbate, chitosan and 3 oz oak cubes. Kit instructions call for 8 days, then final rack.
Something unexpected came up and it’ll be about 3 weeks before I can get back to it. Wondering which is the best approach to handle the delay so I don’t compromise the batch
1 let it sit in the secondary until I can get back to it
2 proceed with degass, etc and extend this step by 2 weeks; my concern is too much time on the oak
Other suggestions ?