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    Finer Wine Kits

    I have added glycerin to wine I made from grapes, but never to a kit wine. What does it give you?
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    Other Finer Wine Kits new process white wines

    Zinfandel Blush. Not the sort of thing I usually make -- I'm a beefy red type person -- but we really like it.
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    Tasteless wine

    If you freeze the peaches and then thaw them, do you soak them in lemon juice before freezing to keep them from turning brown, like you do when you freeze peaches for cooking? Or is that not necessary because you aren't freezing them for very long?
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Update: I added eight ounces, or one cup, of the wine conditioner. I let it sit for a couple of weeks and then removed some and chilled it for tasting. It's delicious! I bottled it yesterday and my husband and I drank the dregs and really enjoyed it. Not particularly sweet but complex and...
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    Sorbate & K-meta combined

    I want to do a comparison of a kit wine with all the regular chemicals vs a kit wine with only kmeta. Unfortunately, the kit I chose to do this with, VineCo Cabernet Shiraz, has the sulfite and sorbate in one package, as discussed above (apparently all Global Vintner brands do this now). I am...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Thank you for the warning. I think I'll stick with fresh blackberries and see how that works.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Thank you both for the clarification. As an update, my Fontana Malbec (with Zante currants, a bit of sugar, and some extra oak) is clearing well and tasting pretty good. I may have gone overboard on the oak but I know that will change with time. I think I will let well enough alone and not...
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    What is The Best Nebbiolo Kit?

    I've made their Cabernet Sauvignon twice, a Super Tuscan, a Tavola Zinfandel, a Riesling, and their new Zinfandel Blush. Unfortunately they don't offer Nebbiolo, perhaps because they source all their grapes from Lodi and Nebbiolo isn't grown in Lodi. If they offered one I would make it in a...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I'm not sure I understand. You said the F-pack wouldn't be fermented. I thought the F-pack was added at the beginning of primary fermentation. Maybe (after reading 155 pages) I've gotten confused. I'm hoping to add some blackberries to a Yakima Red Blend kit, and I was thinking I would...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Has anyone used a commercial liquid fruit flavoring instead of an fpac in primary? I was on the ABC Crafted site and they have what they call Blackberry Beverage Infusion. It comes in many other flavors as well. It doesn't say what is in it -- I suspect it is artificial fruit flavor and sugar...
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    What is The Best Nebbiolo Kit?

    I'd love to make a Nebbiolo. As far as I can tell, Winexpert doesn't offer one at all anymore, and RJS only has it in the cheaper lines (and calls it "Nebbiolo style" and doesn't say where the grapes come from). Master Vintner Sommelier Select has a Nebbiolo with grapes from Piedmont but it...
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    Other Finer Wine Kits new process white wines

    I wouldn't have believed it. But you folks were absolutely right, Old Corker and Winemaker81. I was just deceived by the optics of the volume in the carboy. It seems to be clearing just fine, and it's such a pretty color!
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    Other Finer Wine Kits new process white wines

    A few months ago I made the FWK Riesling with carbon and it cleared beautifully. Within a couple of days after adding the kieselsol and chitosan there was an obvious gradation as the carbon was precipitating out. Now I'm making a FWK Zinfandel Blush which also includes carbon. I racked and...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Good advice. Thanks. That's what I'll do -- and maybe I'll bring in a taster or two. But I'm glad to know that I can take my time and do it in steps.
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    Finer Wine Kits

    I am making a Zinfandel blush. Am I correct that I can add the sweetening packet later (preferably after all of the carbon has dropped out and I have racked it off the ugly black lees), so that I can sweeten to taste? I may have done the math incorrectly, but I think the recommended amount of...
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