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Old 05-22-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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Default When do you first "taste" your wine?

I am currently doing my first batch of kit wine and Im going to be racking it in a couple days. Is it ok to taste test at this point, will it taste anything like the final product. Does anybody try their wine out during the 4 or 6 weeks for the kits.
Mine is a Grand Cru Merlot and the only transfer is 14 days after I pitched the yeast. it is about .0.995 sg now. Should I taste it before I put in the sulphites and fining agents or after, or wait until I bottle it in another 14 days. I honestly have no idea what it is supposed to taste like lol.

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Old 05-22-2011, 06:24 PM   #2
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Yes you can taste it when you go to rack it a lot of wine makers will taste their wine all though the process to tell how it is doing. I would not rush to bottle your wine let it age some time before you bottle. Yes your wine will change in taste all though the process

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I think you should taste a little bit every so often especially early on in the process. You will gain an appreciation for what really goes on and how it imporves with aging and it will discourge you from drinking it too early.

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tasting is important in my world. sometimes, a lot of times really, i cant smell for anything so being able to taste helps. especially for sweetening or adjusting acid to my taste.

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I usually don't rush to taste except perhaps on a white since they settle down so much faster. First taste on a red would be around 3 months to check oak levels. By then it has settled much more and you can really get a handle on the oak as well as the wine itself.

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I think you should taste a little bit every so often especially early on in the process. You will gain an appreciation for what really goes on and how it imporves with aging and it will discourge you from drinking it too early.
Well said!

It is amazing how the wine, especially a heavy red, can change over time. Tasting it from time to time will certainly give you an appreciation for the aging process. Just don't let its early-on taste discourage you; it will definitely improve with time.
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I honestly taste it first as a juice, before the yeast. Then again after fermentation and pretty much at every racking thereafter. Whether it be fruit, a kit, concentrates, etc.. I wanna know how it's progressing

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I honestly taste it first as a juice, before the yeast. Then again after fermentation and pretty much at every racking thereafter. Whether it be fruit, a kit, concentrates, etc.. I wanna know how it's progressing
Me too.
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Ok cool I will give it a try tonight just for fun

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Tasting is one of the funnest parts!!! But like mentioned above, before yeast, after ferment, & then every rack till bottled!

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