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Old 04-21-2013, 12:26 PM   #1
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Got a cheap Packlab kit from Amazon: Vino Italiano Cabernet Sauvignon

Added 1 lb Raisins, 3 bananas, and 64oz Blackberry Jam to the mix in primary (no preservatives in any ingredients)

Starting gravity 1.10, Ferment Temp 76F

The included grape juice smells/smelled horrible right out of the bag; hoping this improves a bit with time.

On day 5, today, sg is down to 1.045, everything is coming along nicely.

 
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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CBell, do you still have the "horrible" smell? That could be a concern. Was there a date code on the box? Was there any indication that the juice bag was leaking air?
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Old 04-21-2013, 02:11 PM   #3
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Juice bag was airtight, it's starting to smell a little better. I think it was more of a strong and unexpected smell than anything wrong. I'm just not a fan of anything sweet so the concentrate in the kit was just offputting. At least, I hope that's all it is. If the stink is still there when we're done fermenting, I'll get my panties in a wad.

 
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Old 04-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #4
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I have had a problem with all Vino Italiano kits. They all smell musty early and even as late as bottling. Give them 6-8 months and that musty smell fades. Really a turn off though. I have given up on these kits. Maybe my expectations are too high.
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Old 04-21-2013, 07:46 PM   #5
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Roger, I know, you get what you pay for. I was just drawn to the low price tag.

 
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CBell, keep your expectations high. I like the tweaks that you made to the wine and I would expect that you are going to have a very nice Cabernet with a great blackberry background taste. The bananas and raisins will add body. I think you are going to be pleasantly surprised.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:48 PM   #7
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Thanks Rocky, I hope so, guess we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out

 
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I did this kit about a year ago and added a sliced banana (with skin), 6.5 oz of dried blueberries and 12oz of raisins. I reconstituted to a little more than 5.25 gallons. I also gave 1 oz each of hungarian med and American light oak for 1 month during bulk aging. It's not bad. Not my favorite kit, but what do you expect for two bucks a bottle?

 
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:54 AM   #9
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I too have fallen three times for the low prices but I do have to say I have enjoyed two of the three. The last one is a cab and it is five months old and is not drinkable yet. The other two were a good bit quicker.

I do think it will surprise me in a few weeks though.

I Oakes it and put in raisins.

 
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Old 04-22-2013, 08:41 AM   #10
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I'm planning on oaking this in bulk aging stage of the game as well. Making sp and dragon blood for quick drinkers so I'm prepared to let this wine age as long as it needs. Or at least I say that now...

Glad to hear that your experiences with this kit have not been 100% negative.

I'm not looking to make the best wine in the world, here. More get some practice with kit wine and the whole wine making process, so that my first kit experience is not with a $150 kit. I'd rather make any mistakes I'm going to make on a cheap kit. Bonus if it's palatable.

Tasted a drop of this last night at sg1.01. Sweet with definite blackberry flavor. No heinous off tastes. Obviously it's still fermenting so it doesn't taste great, but hopefully this is a preview of the flavors to come. I'm just hoping that the blackberry continues to come through.

Racking to secondary tomorrow per kit instructions

 
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