One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A substance used for clarifying liquid, especially beer or wine.‘the process is interrupted to add hops, caramel, and finings’
- ‘These filters are normally used to clarify the products of settled grape juice or wine, such as lees after crushing, pressing, and settling, and the residue of finings such as bentonite.’
- ‘Only the wealthy could afford the Hysons and Imperial varieties, while at the bottom end of the scale the labourers in the fields made do with the dust and finings left behind.’
- 1.1mass noun The process of clarifying wine or beer.as modifier ‘a fining agent’
- ‘Among possible allergens in wines are traces of the natural proteins not precipitated and removed with the dead yeast cells after fermentation, and traces of proteins from a fining agent used to clarify and stabilize the wine.’
- ‘And I haven't even mentioned post-fermentation processes like fining and filtration, with are the subject of rabid controversy.’
- ‘Bentonite is apparently more commonly used as a fining agent in white wines than in red wines.’
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