Originally Posted by HoppyDaze
I can't remember the kit I used, but it has been racked a couple times. It has been at least six months since we started it. For the fermentation process and clearing processes the wine was very full (near the bung). Now (aging) there is quite a bit of head space because I didnt want to use plastic and my glass carboy is a six gallon one...this recipe is for 5 gallons (I made 5.5)...It was an older kit that we gave to our in laws a few years ago and they never did anything with it so I took it back! It may just be bad ingredients. I used campden a few different times and some nutrients during the process but not exactly sure when without looking at my notes.
Well, oxidation can make a wine taste not great. I wonder if the oxidation combined with a not-fresh kit caused the problems. You really want to top up to the bung with wine. I've never heard of a 5 gallon wine kit, but if you watered it down by .5 gallon, that would also explain why it's watery and flavorless.