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Old 11-16-2009, 06:40 PM   #1
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Default 2-3 year old wine kit, still good?

I have just received a Vintner's Reserve White Zinfandel kit for free from a friend. The kit is between 2 and 3 years old. I asked a guy at a brew shop and he said they're supposed to pull the kits after 18 months. What are the chances this kit is still good? I already bought a new packet of yeast to use. What do you guys think?


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Old 11-16-2009, 07:01 PM   #2
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Rather small, but if the concentrate tastes okay, what does it cost you beyond a 50 cent packet of yeast to try?


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Old 11-16-2009, 08:01 PM   #3
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The bag of liquid didn't taste that great straight but once I mixed it with water it seemed already. Very sweet, little bit of "plum" flavor. I think it will turn out fine.
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I just opened a 1 year old kit. 2008.

The yeast has a use by date of June 2011.

Thats 3 years.

If it starts, it should be fine.
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The wine is fermenting nicely. One question though...I know it looks darker in the carboy than in a wine glass, but the wine is brown...not pink at all. I don't know much about wine but isn't a white Zinfandel usually pink?
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Old 12-02-2009, 07:15 AM   #6
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Anyone know if it's good that the wine in my carboy is brown and not at all pink?
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Could be the yeast in suspension causing the colour change. Wait until it is finished fermenting. Time will tell.
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Just think of it as "pre-aged."
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It's getting close to being done fermenting. Maybe when I add the finings to clear it up it will turn color?

LOL @arturo, I wish it worked like that and I didn't have to wait for it to age


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