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Wine crystals
  • ThymThym
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    I noticed that if i let a white wine age for several years they often have crystals which collect in the bottle.

    what are they?

    they are tasteless from what i can tell. and they don't readily dissolve in water. The structure appears to be a pretty regular rectangular prism.

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  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 77,872
    YOU AREN'T SUPPOSED TO LET WHITE WINE AGE!

    Oh sorry, I was channeling Fry there.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 104,269
    bite
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 104,269
    me
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 104,269
    now, if someone has something useful to say, i'm all ears. (eyes, whatever.)
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 48,670
    Those are Dylithium crystals .....
    In wine there is wisdom.
    In beer there is freedom.
    In water there is bacteria.
  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 48,670
    Keep them .... someday they will be very valuable
    In wine there is wisdom.
    In beer there is freedom.
    In water there is bacteria.
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 104,269
    ceannt said:

    Keep them .... someday they will be very valuable



    you both suck
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 48,670
    Ha!

    I have seen the same type of crystals form in red wine too ..... it will often take me as much as a year to use up a bottle of wine ..... my theory is that it is the minerals in the water ... growing crystals around sediment particles .... but my first comment is just as likely to be true ....
    In wine there is wisdom.
    In beer there is freedom.
    In water there is bacteria.
  • frydogbrewsfrydogbrews
    Posts: 44,679
    they are tartrate crystals. its a sign of a quality wine typically, because it means the grapes were picked at the optimum time for sugar and acid content.
    they also form in red wines, but then they are red.
    it takes age for them to form though.

    they are frequently called "wine diamonds".
  • ThymThym
    Posts: 104,269

    they are tartrate crystals. its a sign of a quality wine typically, because it means the grapes were picked at the optimum time for sugar and acid content.
    they also form in red wines, but then they are red.
    it takes age for them to form though.

    they are frequently called "wine diamonds".



    Thanks for the info!
    The only thing between me and a train wreck is blind luck..... - Kenny
  • C_BC_B
    Posts: 77,872

    they are tartrate crystals. its a sign of a quality wine typically, because it means the grapes were picked at the optimum time for sugar and acid content.
    they also form in red wines, but then they are red.
    it takes age for them to form though.

    they are frequently called "wine diamonds".


    So it means the quality of wine is good? Neat.
    "On it. I hate software." ~Cpt Snarklepants
  • ceanntceannt
    Posts: 48,670

    they are tartrate crystals. its a sign of a quality wine typically, because it means the grapes were picked at the optimum time for sugar and acid content.
    they also form in red wines, but then they are red.
    it takes age for them to form though.

    they are frequently called "wine diamonds".



    You mean .... you can't run a starship with em ..... dang it! There goes my retirement plan .....
    In wine there is wisdom.
    In beer there is freedom.
    In water there is bacteria.
  • LothosLothos
    Posts: 2,146
    ceannt said:

    Those are Dylithium crystals .....



    LOL thats damn funny
    Ain't that a Bitch