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yes, the over-zealous approach is what messed up the wine. Degassing only takes a few seconds with the paint mixer in drill method. In my experience of "natural degassing" it didnt work. after 9 months i still had some CO2 in solution. Your on the right track, just only mix for about six seconds.
One of the most simplest, inexpensive, and fast ways to degas wine is to buy a metal paint mixer at Home Depot for $16. Stick it in a battery drill and spin that wine, after racking to secondary of course, until it practically foams over. Takes about six seconds.
I've made several batches of wine from kits and have always had at least a 2 week secondary followed by at least 6 months in the bottle for white, 12 months for red. I can't give you specific details of why this is necessary - just that time is a great healer. You could rack the wine now, but it will taste better if you wait a week.
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