ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: (FIN110) Speedy Bentonite makes the wine clearer, more stable, and more drinkable sooner. Also reduces off-flavors, oxidation and post-bottling sediment. Bentonite is a clay that has the unique ability to remove fine, undesirable particles from a finished wine in a very short period of time. It does so by collecting and dragging these problem particles to the bottom with electrostatic attraction and hydrogen bonding.
MAKING THE SLURRY: Mix 2 tablespoons of Speedy Bentonite with 1 pint of boiling water in a blender. Run blender on high for 3 minutes. Then let the mixture stand for 20 minutes. The slurry is now ready.
IF NO BLENDER IS AVAILABLE: Mix 3 tablespoons of Speedy Bentonite with 1 pint of boiling water in a sauce pan. Allow the mixture to cool, then put it in a wine bottle or similar. Shake for 10 minutes and let stand over-night. Shake again before using.
USING THE SLURRY: Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the slurry mixture for each gallon of wine. Stir vigorously while adding the slurry. Continue stirring periodically for 30 minutes. Your wine will usually clear in 6 to 12 hours, however it is best to wait several days before bottling the wine to make sure all suspended particles have settled. Once the wine has cleared, siphon it off the sediment into a clean container and it will then be ready to bottle.
MAXIMUM DOSAGE: More slurry may be necessary to clear some wines. Additional doses can be added not to exceed 4 tablespoons of slurry mix per gallon of wine.
EACH 6 OUNCE JAR: will treat 70 gallons of wine.
INGREDIENT: Bentonite (CAS 52623-66-2)
Q John (Lewes, DE)
The bentonite I`ve used in the past, when mixed it becomes like clay. Is your Speedy Bentonite different? I would love a bentonite that is not as thick as clay.
The bentonite we sell when mixed creates a slurry like substance. It would be best described as a little thinner than newly mixed concrete.
Q Bob (Rio Verde, AZ)
I am mixing up some speedy bentonite slurry. Once the bentonite has been made into a "slurry" can the left over slurry be used later or does it have a shelf life??
It is not recommended to save the slurry for later use. Exactly how long it will last is unknown, but it is not more than a few days. It would be best to make a fresh mixture every time you plan on treating your wine.
Q Dan (Astoria, NY)
I`m uncertain as to when I should add the Bentonite solution in the wine making process.
The recommended time to add would be after the fermentation completes to aid in clarification.
Q Jane (Audubon, NJ)
I have a question about using bentonite. Is bentonite used before sweetening and stabilizing a batch of wine? Or as the last process before bottling?. Also how long does it take the bentonite to complete its process?
You would use the bentonite prior to sweetening and adding potassium sorbate. Bentonite usually will clear a wine in 2-3 days, but sometimes it can take up to a week.
Q Mike (Salt Lake City, UT)
I am confused about what appears to be conflicting information from various sources. I am making California Connoisseur Cabernet. In the instructions it says to add a packet of Bentonite at the very beginning before pitching the yeast. In your article on "FAQ" under "How Bentonite is Used", it states that bentonite should not be used until fermentation is complete? How is this reconciled?
Bentonite can be used for two purposes in winemaking. If added in a small dosage at the beginning of fermentation, it invigorates the yeast and helps the fermentation complete quicker. That is why the kit you are using is having you use it in the beginning. Speedy Bentonite is more commonly used after the fermentation in a larger dosage to clarify the wine. In the larger dosage, the purpose is to drag the yeast cells out of the wine and drop the the bottom in a form of sediment.
Q Carly (Seattle, WA)
Does Speedy Bentonite work the best in warmer or cooler temperatures?
The Speedy Bentonite performs best in cooler temperatures.
Q Colton (Bent, NM)
Before I place my order, can you tell me if your Speedy Bentonite is calcium or sodium based?
Our Speedy Bentonite is sodium based.
Customer Reviews"Good Stuff" Review by Jerry Goodman (Posted on 2/24/15)
This bentonite is better than some other brands I have used. This bentonite does not clump as much with mixing. I also believe that it is stronger than others. It has always done a great job of clearing out the yeast and pulp."Not quite satisfied." Review by drh0921 (Posted on 12/22/14)
I used the bentonite as per instructions on homemade apple cider wine. Normally, my cider wine clears up naturally in a reasonable time. This batch for some reason would not clear up. So it's been about 2 weeks since I treated the wine with the bentonite and the must appears to be stuck just as cloudy as it was before I added the slurry. I guess I'll wait and see."Great product" Review by Winer (Posted on 10/27/14)
Easy to use. I don't know how long it took to clarify because I was away for some two weeks"Speedy Bentonite" Review by Charles Lowery (Posted on 7/3/14)
I have been using the bentonite for six years and mostly get good results. I sometimes get extra pulp settling as the wine ages. Maybe I should start using sparkolloid with it."This stuff is GREAT" Review by Leon (Posted on 3/26/14)
I mixed the product according to the simple instructions and ended up with a mud as smooth as Jello pudding. I then put 2 level tablespoons in a gallon of wine, mixed it up well, let it set overnight and - presto, I had a exceedingly clear jug of wine."worked well" Review by James (Posted on 2/23/14)
After pouring up about 75% of the jug, the balance started to get cloudy so I poured the cloudy balance in a quart jar and let it sit in thr fridge for a couple hours and the mud settled to the bottom - leaving the wine very clear again.
I will NEVER make wine again without this product - and you shouldn't either.
First time using it had trouble mixing with the water"Not happy wih product" Review by Randy (Posted on 12/22/13)
Followed directions, but still cloudy after 10 days. Went and bottled it anyway. Cheese cloth didn't even help. Don't know what went wrong. Been making wine since the mid 80s."Difficult & messy but good." Review by Ron (Posted on 10/2/13)
I use Speedy Bentonite in conjunction with Sparkolloid and get very polished wines. I think the Bentonite is real messy to mix and clean up is sometimes difficult. Also the mix amount required is about half of what is stated on the bottle. I make 5-6 gallons and use only half of the slurry."ok" Review by dave (Posted on 3/25/13)
it work but not great"A must have!!" Review by florida98cobra (Posted on 3/17/13)
After adding to my wine i was a little unsure since the next day it was still cloudy. But almost 35 hours after i added it, it cleared out perfectly. I think it should be with everyones wine supply."great!" Review by Mel (Posted on 2/14/13)
the product worked just as stated and I'm very happy with the results."Excellent product" Review by Lungter (Posted on 1/11/13)
Does a good job of clearing wines & meads, but mixing it correctly is a bit messy."You Need This!!!" Review by BeeFo (Posted on 11/27/12)
I have used quite a few wine clarifiers but didn't have a clue how clear my wine would be until I purchased and used Bentonite!! This is an absolute must for any wine making by me in the future!! Get Some...Please......You Will Not Be Dissapointed!!!
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