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Old 07-31-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
Jun 2008
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I've got a youngs cabernet kit. I've just done the stabiliser & finings doo-dah tonight, so had a taste from the trial jar (it read .997...i think)

It tasted like a weak vodka & fruit juice?! I know it's early on, I'll probs give it another week until I bottle. Is that right?

I'm also baffled why you don't add yeast to a kit.

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Old 07-31-2008, 08:57 PM   #2
Jun 2008
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uhhh, first off, im going to assume you added yeast somewhere and didnt notice/realize it, since your gravity is about correct for a finished wine. Dont worry about the taste now, Its so young that right now it tastes nothing like the final product, give it a month or two and it will improve alot. give it 6-12 months and you should be golden.
I would recommend transferring to a secondary for a few months just for additional clearing and bulk aging, to avoid the possibility of sediment in your bottles.
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Old 07-31-2008, 10:16 PM   #3
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AT this stage....It's usually vomit inducingly nasty! The fact that you taste what you do is nearly a miracle. Now...Leave it to do it's thing....I know the kit says ready in x weeks...but for good wine.....try xx months!
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