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Old 09-14-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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Hi, I am in the process of making a Spagnols red zin kit.
The guy that runs the HBS in my area says to run the racked wine down to 8 degrees F for a day, thaw, then bottle.
This I'm told is to clarify and remove the tannins by having them settle out during thawing.....
Since this is my first batch I have followed the instructions to the letter up to this point. Today would bottling day if I continued following the instructions.
Any thoughts from the more experienced folks ????
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Old 09-14-2009, 02:04 PM   #2
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Well, chilling the wine does help clarify it.

However, this kit should have all the clarifiers you need. I wouldn't want to remove any tannins- the kit is well balanced and probably a bit low in tannins anyway. That might work better with grapes, not a kit, that need some adjustment.

The kit should have the proper balance of acids, tannins, etc, so you shouldn't mess around with it.

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Wow,
Thanks for the FAAAAAAAAST reply YooperBrew......
I'll go ahead and bottle.
As with anything I'm unsure of, I like to get a few opinions from the folks that actually do this stuff.
Ruining a $65.00 kit would be bad.

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I agree- and trust me, those kits are hard to ruin! They really are complete, and don't need any tinkering. That's one of the reasons I like them!

Those "cheaper" kits make a decent table wine, and I think you'll be happy with it. I'd liken the final result to a $5-$8 bottle of wine.

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