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Old 01-16-2014, 03:44 PM   #1
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Howya. I've been brewing beer for awhile. I was away from it for nearly a year now but am back and decided to try my hand at wine.
A couple of questions
I bought a celler craft showcase merlot kit

1. Do I use the yeast provided? Lalvin 1118
2. The instructions seem straight forward BUT should I stick to them or, like beer, is there a better way to do this?
3. I assume the equipment is.the same except for degassing whip, o's there anything else I should have?
4. Regarding bottles, can.ibuse screw top bottles.or should.I.stick.to cork
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1. Yes. That's a great yeast for most wines.
2. Yes, follow the instructions. Kit wines are much better than kit beers that way!
3. You need a 6 gallon carboy, but otherwise should have everything you need.
4. I use corks and wine bottles, but you can use beer bottles and caps if you want. I wouldn't use the screw tops unless you had brand new screw tops that were sure to seal well, and I've never seen a good one for sale.

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Thanks yooper
I.thought that might be the case with the screw tops
I assume the vessel in the attached pic would suffice, I have a couple of spare ones.....

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That vessel looks like it has a very wide headspace. I would try to use a traditional carboy for wine.

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Ok I plan doing this tomorrow, I'll use the above for the first 10 days, or so, while I get a carboy then rack.it too that for secondary etc, that should work?

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Ok I plan doing this tomorrow, I'll use the above for the first 10 days, or so, while I get a carboy then rack.it too that for secondary etc, that should work?

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Cheers here's to waiting n waiting. Waiting then enjoying

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One last question regarding temperature
It says to keep temp around 19-22 c..
Is that the same as beer, Keep ambient temp lower as the fermentation causes heat?
I have my chamber set at 16c to allow for this!!! am I right to do this or should I increase temp to 19c

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Well it's happily bubbling away at18.8c in a nice steady environment....now it's waiting time

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Yummmm the smells are amazing

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