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Old 01-07-2013, 02:28 AM   #1
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I just bought the Green Apple Riesling kit and am looking forward to it. One thing I was concerned about is it Rieslings can be a little on the sweeter side but I love green apples. I think a little tart fruity wine will be fantastic. I read some comments that people have added corn sugar and or honey to the kit to get a little higher alcohol and take some of the sweetness away. Any thoughts on this or changing the yeast for one that ends with a higher content? Is this even a good idea for a kit?


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Old 01-07-2013, 01:48 PM   #2
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Adding more of any fermentable sugar will increase the alc content, but then you have to be prepared to take away from the formulated balance that the f-pac provides. Sweet is sweet, SG is SG, but the balance of it all is another thing all together. But you can tweak any kit.


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Adding more of any fermentable sugar will increase the alc content, but then you have to be prepared to take away from the formulated balance that the f-pac provides. Sweet is sweet, SG is SG, but the balance of it all is another thing all together. But you can tweak any kit.
One approach is to taste test as you add the f-pack. This is juice to sweeten the wine. Taste without, with about 1/3. Stop adding when sweetness level as desired.
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I have not made one with an f-pack yet, only dry reds. Good to know. Thanks
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A bit more 'tartness' can be created using an Acid Blend powder that is available at most Homebrew shops. I advise the same as Sara and Nova in that you should add a little, taste, and get to the desired level.
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I made this kit about 5 months ago and I recommend adding only half the F-Pack, try it, then add more if necessary. I added the whole F-Pack and I find it too sweet with a fake, jolly rancher like apple taste.
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I made this kit about 5 months ago and I recommend adding only half the F-Pack, try it, then add more if necessary. I added the whole F-Pack and I find it too sweet with a fake, jolly rancher like apple taste.
Thanks. How did the alcohol content turn out?
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Thanks. How did the alcohol content turn out?
I added 4 or 5 pounds of extra sugar and got it up over 10%. I'd imagine it would have been way too sweet if I hadn't done that. It's a good tasting wine, my wife really like it, but for me it is too "fake" tasting.
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I added 4 or 5 pounds of extra sugar and got it up over 10%. I'd imagine it would have been way too sweet if I hadn't done that. It's a good tasting wine, my wife really like it, but for me it is too "fake" tasting.
Was this a "mist" kit? Regular wine kits should already be adjusted to give you 10-12%.
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Was this a "mist" kit? Regular wine kits should already be adjusted to give you 10-12%.
Yes, this was a mist kit, I think they typically come in at 7 or 8 percent.


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