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Old 02-20-2009, 07:52 AM   #1
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I recently (2/16) started a Vinefera Noble Cabernet Sauvignon and a VF Zinfandel. I followed the kit directions. The initial S.G. for the Cab was 1.082. The initial S.G. for the Zin was 1.084. This seems low to me. My hydrometer is properly calibrated and the initial temp. for both was 74*. Are these readings low? If so, how to correct?

 
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Old 02-20-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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If fermented to dry you should get about 11-12%if thats your worry

 
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Old 02-20-2009, 10:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply gaudet. That is about what I figured on ABV. No, it just seemed low for a VFN. They have been running 1.086 to 1.088. Who knows, maybe I added too much water.

 
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Old 02-20-2009, 02:58 PM   #4
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Smaller kits do produce a slightly lower abv wine, Not sure why they do this but it seems like all the smaller kits are this way.

 
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Old 02-20-2009, 04:28 PM   #5
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Thanks wade.

 
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:01 PM   #6
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My personal feeling in this matter is that cheaper kits don't use quite as much high quality juice in their kits. Because of that there is a bit less flavor involved. So that doesn't get overwhelmed with alcohol, they purposely keep the sugar and thus alcohol down.

 
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Old 02-20-2009, 05:11 PM   #7
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Thanks appleman. That makes sense to me. Racked them both to secondary today. Cab at 1.022 and Zin at 1.020. Both bubbling away like crazy.

 
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:36 PM   #8
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Both of these fermented out to .996. I racked them and let them sit for six weeks. This week I racked and added clarifying agents. The cab tasted pretty smoky (due to toasted oak that I used) and was somewhat thin and slightly bitter.The zin was excellent. Good mouth feel, with a definite zin nose and taste.


Now to clarify and then bottle.


Here they are clarifying:





The Cabernet Sauvignon





The Zinfandel

 
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:16 PM   #9
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I see you have the zin set up with a drinking spout. I like those- just set it up on a chair, lay down on the floor under the spigot and crack 'er open. Don't need to worry about getting tipsy cause yer already layen on thu groun. Hic.....

 
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:42 PM   #10
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Appleman, You speak from experience?





I bet the smell as good as they look.

 
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