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Old 01-21-2009, 05:20 AM   #1
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I have helped several friends with brewing of beer and wine, but am about to make my own for the first time. I was given a 'Selection Estate Series' Washington Columbia Valley Riesling juice kit, and a standard 6 gallon wine making equipment set. I generally like Rieslings, but sometimes find them a bit on the sour side. I'm a fan of ciders and slightly sweet, slightly tart wines. Would it be wise to attempt to add fruit or adjust this kit in any way? I was thinking pears or pear juice might be a neat twist. It was a pretty expensive kit, so I wouldn't want to ruin it, but I do like adding my own twist to things. Any one have any input on this for me?

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Old 01-21-2009, 01:35 PM   #2
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I'd follow the recipe with the kit, at least the 1st time. After you make it that way, you'll be better able to judge just when, where & how to alter the recipe to your own liking. Regards, GF.

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I would also recommend letting it finish as designed. After it's done, if it's too tart, you could sweeten it up some if you'd like. I wouldn't add fruit or juice- that would ferment and then it might be unbalanced and even more tart.

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