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  1. cooknhogz

    3 weeks and still fermenting

    My friend is doing a Winexpert world vineyard Washington Riesling kit and after 3 weeks it’s still fermenting. According him it’s at 1.04 on the hydrometer. Now, let me add he added 1 lb of corn sugar to bump up the ABV and switched out the EC 1118 with K1 V1116. I’ve done this kit in the past...
  2. cooknhogz

    your favorite wine recipe kit for newbies

    I made the WineExperts World Vineyard Washington Merlot and everyone seems to like it and the Stag Leap Merlot is also a big hit for just a little bit more money
  3. cooknhogz

    WineExperts Peach Apricot Chardonnay island mist

    I think I’ll be just right With 2 lbs CS. My neighbor just started a Strawberry Watermelon Island Mist and added 1l white concentrate and 3 lbs CS. I curious to taste how that turns out.
  4. cooknhogz

    Winexpert Vinyard Moscato Wine Kit

    I’ve made this kit a few times for the wife and she loves it. I would assume the kit came with Lavlin EC 1118 yeast which will ferment out in just about any condition so no worries there but, cool slower fermentation is better
  5. cooknhogz

    WineExperts Peach Apricot Chardonnay island mist

    Just started WinExperts Peach Apricot Chardonnay island mist for something different at camp and on the boat this summer. So far in the island mist kits I’ve made (many times) Strawberry, blackberry, black cherry, and green apple. We haven’t been disappointed ever with these kits and the wine is...
  6. cooknhogz

    Moscato Wine Kit 7 days in.

    I have made this kit 3 times last year for my wife. You won’t be disappointed if you like Moscato. I’ve been told Winexpert modeled this kit after the Bearfoot Moscato
  7. cooknhogz

    Winexpert Eclipse Washington Riesling

    Just a update. I decided to pitch only the K1-V1116 that came with the kit and hold on from pitching the EC-1118 it’s day 3 and I’ve stirred the wine up every morning. Fermentation is running a little slow but working. For now just keeping a eye on the activity. If fermentation slows anymore or...
  8. cooknhogz

    Wine kits

    LabelPeelers great prices, fast shipping and the best customer service around. They’re out of Ohio and I live in Pa. I place a order today, and will have tomorrow every time.
  9. cooknhogz

    Winexpert Eclipse Washington Riesling

    I have Red Star Premier Curvee on hand too. I think I used this for a Riesling and it worked fine
  10. cooknhogz

    Winexpert Eclipse Washington Riesling

    Thanks cmason1957 that is the yeast that came with the kit. I believe that was the yeast that came with it last time too. I have D-47 on hand
  11. cooknhogz

    WineXpert WE sulfite/sorbate packet

    Anymore if a company can save a penny it will. I’m sure it’s due to cutting some cost on packaging. I’ve done 4 WE kits in the last month and all were packaged together
  12. cooknhogz

    RJ Spagnols Spiedel 7.9 Gal Fermenter??

    I don’t own one but, if you can see the liquid threw the plastic why not add a gallon of water Mark it , add another gallon mark it, and so on and so on? problem solved
  13. cooknhogz

    Winexpert Eclipse Washington Riesling

    Getting ready to do my second Eclipse Washington Riesling this weekend. The first kit (done last spring) turned out excellent, especially about 6 months after bottling, and was done as directed per the kits instructions. The kit comes with two yeast packets, EC-1118 and K1-V1116. This time I...
  14. cooknhogz

    Double Oaked Chardonnay!

    Not being a expert on Oak and the difference they have in flavor but, I have French Oak medium toast spirals on hand. Think they will work fine or should I look for American?
  15. cooknhogz

    Double Oaked Chardonnay!

    Really appreciate the quick reply. I’m going to get this kit going Wednesday might even go with the oak also. Have a good New Year
  16. cooknhogz

    Double Oaked Chardonnay!

    I have this kit sitting in my wine room wanting to be started. I too was going to switch out the yeast with D47 just curious if you used a yeast energizer or nutrient when pitching. I know this yeast like a little help sometimes.
  17. cooknhogz

    Yeast suggestions

    Thanks guys for the suggestions, I have only done the Strawberry white merlot in the Island Mist and used the EC 1118 it came with and it came out great.
  18. cooknhogz

    Yeast suggestions

    Wife wanted a Blackberry and a Black Cherry for the holidays. So, I purchased Winexpert Island Mist in both flavors. I already know without opening the yeast is probably EC 1118 I would like to change it up a bit and swap out the yeast to start. I’ll also be bumping the ABV up slightly with corn...
  19. cooknhogz

    Winexpert Old Vine Zin ?

    I know all about secondary fermentation but the Winexpert instructions states primary 14 days or until .996 or lower. Then, stabilize/degas, next day, day 15 clearing, day 30 done. Unless I’m reading wrong there is no secondary fermentation anymore with the Winexpert kits
  20. cooknhogz

    Winexpert Old Vine Zin ?

    Ok, started this kit on the March 23rd 16 days ago. Checked sg this morning and is at .996 which is good but still showing signs of fermentation, bubbles on surface of wine and some slow action in the airlock. Should I just let it ride or proceed to the next step? I’m thinking let it ride.
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