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Old 05-01-2014, 08:51 AM   #11
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I would be cautious of using to high a sg on a cheap kit. as the wine will be low in flavor the alcohol will be the predominate factor.

I would add dried elderflowers to the fermentation. this will add a distinct flavor and provide you with a Piesporter style wine.

I like that idea, have to see if I can find any. Thanks for the idea.

 
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I would be cautious of using to high a sg on a cheap kit. as the wine will be low in flavor the alcohol will be the predominate factor.
An SG of 1.100-.998=13.3%ABV. Is this too high for a kit?
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an alcohol content of 13% for a good kit is not high if proper in balance that is flavor, acid, sugar and tannin along with the alcohol. with a cheaper kit the lack of flavor will cause the alcohol taste to be predominate, thus the cautionary statement.
one method to overcome this taste is to add sugar syrup in a bench trial, the sugar will balance out the alcohol taste yet not necessarily make a sweet wine, in fact it may bring forward what little fruit taste is in the wine.

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