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MGBBob80 04-08-2013 09:56 PM

SG question
 
Making my first wine. Winexpert Selection Series- Australian Chardonnay kit.

Temperature during primary fermentation was approximately 72 degrees (instructions called for 72 - 75)

Specific gravity when it went into the primary was 1.090. I racked it to the secondary on day 8. Instructions said that SG should be 1.010 or less. Mine was 0.994. Is this normal? :confused:

As I read the follow-on instructions, this wine is ready for stabilising and clearing (instructions says 0.996 or less) now, although the instructions say to let it sit in the carboy for 10 days prior to starting this phase. Regardless of SG, I plan on leaving it in the carboy for the entire 10 days prior to clearing.

bandg72 04-08-2013 11:00 PM

I want to make this kit! Let me know how you like it! The description says it is buttery, which is the kind of Chard I like. Good lick!

Yooper 04-09-2013 03:36 AM

That sounds perfect! It's just about done fermenting, and it can sit according to the directions and finish up and start to clear before you proceed to the next step. It could finish as low as .990 by the time it's done.

Matti 04-09-2013 10:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bandg72 (Post 5088493)
I want to make this kit! Let me know how you like it! The description says it is buttery, which is the kind of Chard I like. Good lick!

Australian Chardonnay tend to have higher levels of Malic acid, when the right yeast (or special bacteria) are used (probably the ones provided with the kit) a lot of that Malic acid is converted to Lactic acid, which gives the wine that nice buttery taste.

As for Yooper, according to your description, things seem to be great. Let us know what happens :)

MGBBob80 04-09-2013 12:14 PM

Many thanks for the replies! I'll let all know how it comes out.

MGBBob80 06-17-2013 12:51 PM

Sampled first bottle last night and it was great! Still a little sharp, but with a little more aging this is going to be a great one. For info, it was bottled on 5/14/13 and first was opened on 6/15. Starting gravity was 1.090 and finishing gravity was 0.989 resulting in a 13.4% ABV. Cheers, Bob

bandg72 06-19-2013 06:56 PM

Bottled mine on June 11th. Looks stunning in the bottle! Can't wait to try it!

bandg72 08-28-2013 08:28 PM

This wine turned out really great! Why does it taste so different - I opened a bottle at one month and it was ok. At 6 weeks it was great. 7 weeks so so again...

DoctorCAD 08-29-2013 12:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bandg72 (Post 5467089)
This wine turned out really great! Why does it taste so different - I opened a bottle at one month and it was ok. At 6 weeks it was great. 7 weeks so so again...


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