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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    https://www.winemakingtalk.com/threads/tweeking-cheap-kits.51904/page-113#post-755884 I tried to follow @Rocky as best as possible and it came out great. Going to go for a repeat, then a threepeat. Here's the beginning of the thread...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I just ordered and received two Wine Lovers Sauvignon Blanc kits (medium body, 11.5% PABV). I'm trying to replicate what I did the last kit because it was my best tweaked kit so far (thanks @joeswine and @Rocky ) So they made a change to their packaging, previous kit they threw a pack of...
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    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    @Chinook , really appreciate the information as I've only done two batches of DB so far. First one I back-sweetened with 2/3 per gallon. The last one I backed it off to 1/2 cup per gallon. Next one I try I think I'll go with 1/3 cup like you prefer. I saved one bottle from my first batch...
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    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    Has anyone following this thread modified this recipe to use honey instead of sugar to make a mead/melomel? I did a search and have seen several folks who back sweeten with honey, but only one who used it instead of the sugar. His comment was it didn't make that much of a difference to justify...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    @joeswine in the tweaking of kits with some notable exceptions your recommended yeast is normally the EC-1118 because it's a "work horse" and probably because it's easy and difficult to screw up (which is quite important for neophytes like me). However, I spent some quality time with the Scott...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Yesterday, I bottled the ABC Crafted (from Wine Lovers) Sauvignon Blanc that I started back about three months ago. @Rocky I used zest from a medium- to large-sized grapefruit -- a bit more than you used proportionally per your suggestion. Also added a 16 oz of seedless grape Fpack, 1 oz of...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    @cmason1957 right now I'm planning to stir in the additional K-Meta into the wine when I transfer into the bottling bucket at bottling time. What do you think if I used K-Meta to sanitize my bottles, leaving a trace amount in the bottles at bottling time instead?
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Question on my tweaked Wine Lover's Merlot kit: Do I need to add another 1/4 teaspoon of Potassium Metabisulphite? It's still in the carboy five months after pitching the yeast, four months after stabilization. Likely I won't get to bottling till late October, early November. More...
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    WineXpert Selection Series French Merlot - Have you ever make one of these kits?

    I was at the LHBS yesterday and saw this discontinued kit with a nice sale price, so I picked it up. It's the finest kit I've ever purchased...16 Liters of concentrate, but no grape skin pack. I haven't found any reviews on it or anyone commenting here on this particular kit. Just curious if...
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    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    "Canuckistan Slam", apologies @KCCam ...best I could do after my bedtime.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Stabilized and started the clearing process for the Sauvignon Blanc. This was a kit I bought from WineLoversOnline.com the branding said "ABC Crafted". The stuff smells great, tastes great and really, really liked the grapefruit zest. Thanks @Rocky and @joeswine for all your help. @Rocky the...
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    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    A nice summer weekday evening project...bottling my latest batch of DB...I call it "Triple Threat" because I like basketball. Oh, and note to self: don't leave the bottling wand in a bottle and walk away, otherwise you waste a half-cup of the goods (more if your lovely bride doesn't come over...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    What would you all think of grapefruit zest, peaches and medium toast American or French oak in a cheap Chardonnay kit? I would be planning on a 12.5-13% ABV.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    @Rocky makes complete sense and thank you for sharing. If you don't have to take the risk, why do it? Why put all of this effort in up front to only have something go wrong and ruin it? However, since I have no available 5 gallon carboys and I'm not using nitrogen to cap, I'm going to have to...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    @Rocky I'm interested to know why you are uncomfortable with the headspace. This is only the fifth kit I've ever done so I'm just trying to learn. I was taught by a guy at the LHBS that as long as the yeast is working the CO2 blanket protects the wine from being oxidized. I just accepted that...
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