Originally Posted by bluebrew1
I made winexpert kits. chianti and cab/shiraz
the flavor was good in both, but when we compared the chianti next to a store bought chianti there was a noticable diffrence in the "bite". I think it may be tannins. I am going to try to make the same kit agian but divide it into 2 3 gallon carboys and see if adding tannins makes a diffrence. any suggestions?
I've made some of those cheaper winexpert kits. They were ok, similar in quality to a $5 bottle of wine. I think what you're picking up is not sweetness (if you measured the FG, I bet it was dry), but instead the "flatness" of a wine without complexity or depth.
The best fix would be simply to buy a better quality kit, to be honest. What's the old expression about making a sow's ear into a silk purse? Don't get me wrong- I make several of those kits a year. I mean, it ends up being about $2 a bottle so it's a bargain. But the results are NOT a $15 bottle of wine. We make those cheaper kits as our "jug wine" and we make the better kits as our special wines. I've found that you really do get what you pay for with wine kits, and the $150 kits are outstanding and make a wonderful wine. In the medium range, there are some decent kits as well. I have one now that I just started last week that was in the $95 range and it will probably finish as something comparable to a $15 bottle when it's finished.