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Old 04-19-2013, 04:40 PM   #581
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Last night I tried a bottle after 60 days. Wow! It was sooo much better then at the 30 day mark. A little age gave this recipe a big boost.
I just racked again and added some clearing agent... I only used 1 tsp of acid blend but the wine still seems really tart.. Did you see that "tartness" mellow out a bit from the 30-60 day samples?
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:12 PM   #582
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bottled this yesterday.. I stabilized for a few days then added 3oz of sterilized sugar water to backsweeten..after chilling all night, this wine is pretty darn good for concentrate...thanks Yooper! Very subtle alchohol bite this young but a few months in the bottle and I think this wine will be very good.

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Old 05-02-2013, 12:55 AM   #583
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I wish some of this stuff would last long enough to age. I have made about 40 gal of it and it never lasts longer than 3 months in the bottle.

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Old 05-03-2013, 03:49 AM   #584
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Wow 40g is alot! I like it a heck of a lot better than the raspberry merlot kit I did a few months ago..and it was about 50 bucks cheaper.. it had a crazy tartness to it before I backsweetened it..but 3oz was just enough to get rid of that and not make it "sweet"

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Old 05-08-2013, 03:53 AM   #585
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I've tried about 3-1gal batches of this recipe in various versions of additional fruit, but they all seem flavor weak, and yeasty, not to mention the essence of rubber bung. I've re-racked to secondary twice do I just let it sit longer? Stir more to Degas? Anybody got thoughts? Feel like I've read everything in here.

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Old 05-08-2013, 04:13 PM   #586
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I've tried about 3-1gal batches of this recipe in various versions of additional fruit, but they all seem flavor weak, and yeasty, not to mention the essence of rubber bung. I've re-racked to secondary twice do I just let it sit longer? Stir more to Degas? Anybody got thoughts? Feel like I've read everything in here.
i need some more details, when did you brew it, how many cans per gallon did you use? have you stabilized and backsweetened? some batches benefit from using concentrate to backsweeten.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:22 PM   #587
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I have a rookie question. I'm ready to rack to my secondary and top off. Due to miscalculating my starting ingredients, I ended up with more than I planned, so I've got a 6.5 gallon carboy and two one gallon bottles fermenting.

On to my question: I used a different type of wine yeast for the 1 gal batches than I did in the large carboy. I think I'm going to need to add more than a gallon to top off the big carboy when racking into the secondary...can I top off from one of the one gallon jugs instead of using water?

BTW, I sampled a bit last night, and I've got to say it's already good. Strong alcohol bite, but pretty frickin' good.

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Old 05-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #588
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I wish some of this stuff would last long enough to age. I have made about 40 gal of it and it never lasts longer than 3 months in the bottle.
I made a gallon in Feb 2012 from this post. Bottled to 3 1L bottles. I tried the first bottle after 1 month of aging. It tasted like grape juice, but it had a kick and it was cloudy. I just found the second and third bottles in the basement last week, they were clear and inviting me to try them I will crack one open in the next few weeks since it is at the one year bottled stage.

I really need to try this again, one of my goofs is that I don't think I put in enough water so I remember my OG was high. Silly me, noob winemaker, didn't know to just add more water.
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I have a rookie question. I'm ready to rack to my secondary and top off. Due to miscalculating my starting ingredients, I ended up with more than I planned, so I've got a 6.5 gallon carboy and two one gallon bottles fermenting.

On to my question: I used a different type of wine yeast for the 1 gal batches than I did in the large carboy. I think I'm going to need to add more than a gallon to top off the big carboy when racking into the secondary...can I top off from one of the one gallon jugs instead of using water?

BTW, I sampled a bit last night, and I've got to say it's already good. Strong alcohol bite, but pretty frickin' good.
yes you should be fine to add one of the wines to top up even though you used a different yeast, they may taste slightly different but what you are essentially doing is blending.
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yes you should be fine to add one of the wines to top up even though you used a different yeast, they may taste slightly different but what you are essentially doing is blending.
Excellent, I suspected it'd be alright. Thanks for the info.
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