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Old 02-04-2007, 02:10 PM   #1
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Default Not sure why I bought a wine kit...

But I was at my LHBS yesterday and was talking to the owner. I always wanted to try making some wine and asked how the kits were. She said that they have come a long way over the last ten years. So on a whim I bought a Vintners Reserve Pinot Nior. Does anyone have any imput on what I should do or not do? I heard that it's better to make 5 gallons instead of the reconmended 6 gallons. The directions seem, well, basic. I've been doing a little reserch on wine but not enough to know what I'm doing. She also suggested to wait longer to bottle than what the instructions say.
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Old 02-04-2007, 02:42 PM   #2
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I found this one pretty useful.

This one too

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Old 02-04-2007, 02:56 PM   #3
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Here's an outstanding tutorial. It's kinda long but it steps you through the whole process and it has photos.

http://www.winepress.us/forums/index.php?showtopic=1011

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Old 02-06-2007, 12:23 AM   #4
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Wine kits are about as easy as it gets. However, with those 7.5L reds I would definatley only do 5 gals or it will be way too thin. What I would do is ferment 5.5 gals. at first racking rack to a 6 gal carboy because step 3 (degassing with a fizz-X or mix stir) will be alot easier in the 6. However, when it is time to final rack to the carboy after adding the fining agent rack it to a 5, and whatever you do, do not top up at all with water. You should not have to top this up at all, but if you do use a like wine. Dont buy expensive wine for topping up though. I wouldnt have bought the 7.5 to do a red. I just did a 10L RJ Spagnols Petite Sirah and I am not happy with it at all at this point (just bottled Sat). It was way too thin made at 6 gallons. I added some heavy toast oak spirals and let them sit for about 5 weeks, but it didnt help all that much. The 7.5s are ok for some whites, but when wanting the bold reds like that use no less then a good 15L kit. Wine kits to me seem to be a "you get what you pay for" situation.

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