Originally Posted by meadsupporter
Riesling wine questions
I'm new to wine and I probably suck at it. But hey why not?
I will try to give as much info as possible for my questions.
Vinters Reserve Riesling Wine Kit
The yeast used was D-47
and 6 grams of fermaid-k [1gram per gal of must on direction of yeast package] added on day 2 of ferment
ferment temp did not get warmer than 74 F in my home.
I guess the main issue for me is the vinters reserve kit did not instruct me to add fermaid-k or any other nutrients to the must.
Premere cuvee yeast was included with the kit but i used D-47
#1: Was it wise to add such nutrients even thought it did not say?
#2: After 7 day of fermentation I tried a small portion of it when racking to secondary and it tasted kinda hot and dry. Will it mellow after aging?
#3: finally; my gravity on racking to secondary was actually quite low at 0.992 - 0.993 is that normal after only 7 days?
#1: I would not say they were needed. I have never needed nutrient for a kit wine. The yeasts that have been cultivated over the years for wine have come to expect that kind of nutrient environment. Its only when we go outside their 'comfort zone' (say with mead or cider or filtered juice) that they need nutrient help.
#2: sounds right. Fermentation is a (chemically) messy process and time is needed for things to gas off, recombine, change chemically, etc. Yes, it will get better! :-)
#3: yes, that's possible. For many different yeasts it can take different times to ferment. I love D-47, and have seen fast ferment times for it when its kept in the low to mid 70's (though I would reccomend using it in the 60's). The .992 sounds a bit low, considering the kit should come out in the 10% abv range. I would check that again just for that reason.
I find wine to be fun and easy, and you get to consume your hobby. I hope you enjoy your wine, and keep going with the hobby!