Hi, my name is Sarah and I recently made a cucumber wine. It smells so bad so I tried to fix it with splashing it into a new sterilized carboy with a copper pipe. I also added 2 campden tablets. It has a thick white film on top and everytime I have changed it into a carboy the film comes back. Should I just throw it away or do you think it's still fixable? I was going to give it more time for the smell because I just changed it over to new carboy recently. I won't cry if I have to throw it away because I have 8 different wine going besides that one.
I can see why you are fed up with it !
What kind of smell? Bad eggs, for example.
If it keeps foaming, it sounds as though it is still fermenting.
Have you managed to take a reading with the hydrometer?
The smell is like bad eggs and the foam isnt really foamy its more like whip cream. It separates if you touch it and then looks like a frozen lake melting.
Some yeasts do produce a rotten egg smell.
It usually means that the yeast was starving and wanted some nutrient.
You have tried the copper trick so you can go one of two ways ...
1. stir like crazy to get the gas out.
2. leave it to finish fermenting because the CO2 will help push the H2S away. Then see if it can be sorted.
Have you had a wee taste of the wine? If it tastes as bad as it smells then there is one easy answer
Thank you so much and yes I have tried it and it is NOT good! So I'll probably just try the one more thing you said and toss it if it doesn't work. The only problem is is that I think it was done fermenting. I suppose. Its a couple of months old now so I'm kind of thinking it's hopeless. Oh well I have a lot of successes with my other wines, I guess you can't win em all