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Old 05-10-2013, 02:05 AM   #11
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Wow, no kidding. Real quick turn around. Would it make nice vinegar in its post year life, should some evade the corkscrew? I haven't made much vinegar from wine. Since most seems to disappear before I get a chance....

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Old 05-11-2013, 04:01 PM   #12
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ive never made vinegar from wine either so no clue? however i racked the wine today and its looking great. i tasted it and i would have thought all the fruit flavors would have been oxidised out but nope its all there. I think the lesson here is never toss a kit without giving it a chance.

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Old 05-11-2013, 07:31 PM   #13
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Sure sounds like it. I've made kits that were two years old, maybe even a bit older, but the fact that the Packaging withstood that time is equally impressive to me.

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Old 05-12-2013, 10:05 AM   #14
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If it tastes plummy its already oxidized as a niagra should not taste plummy. The gunk in the bag was the good stuff from your must (not wine) precipitating out, they protect the wine from oxidation when they are in solution. I have used old packs of yeast, they can still be alive, activated as a starter to make sure of course, so your yeast pack my have been ok but better to be safe and get a new one.

So should you go ahead and make it? Of course. But you have to be aware that it is already oxidized some, you need to make sure you keep the SO2 levels at the right place to protect what is left, and if it all turns brown next week you will know it was already started down that path. This wont be one of those you can age a long time so plan on drinking it sooner rather than later and good luck.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:24 PM   #15
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bottled this wine today and it tastes just fantastic. no plummy tastes only cranberry and shiraz. the wine is dry because i did not halt fermentation early but its very drinkable. im supprised the low shelf life they put on these kits. cheers to all!

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Old 06-24-2013, 07:31 AM   #16
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Excellent, it appears you might be a pretty good winemaker to pull the life out of an old kit. WVMJ

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Old 06-24-2013, 11:31 AM   #17
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i have no green thumb but perhaps a purple one?

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Old 06-30-2013, 11:38 PM   #18
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i have no green thumb but perhaps a purple one?
Wow, that great! Congrats dude. Who would have guessed? I won't complain anymore when my homebrew shop apologizes for a slightly out of date kit! (I'll still ask for a discount though! Lol)

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