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  1. Brad Simmons

    WineXpert Just ordered a bunch of kits - what can I do to tweak these kits? help!

    I have been away from the forum (what was I thinking), so I just put in my membership - thank you all for being here - really. Our rack holds like 600 bottles - and we are getting super low (Emergency Siren sound here). I know how this goes, so we MUST do this right -- hit it hard, make a ton...
  2. G

    WineXpert Degassing wine questions! Please help

    I’m on my fourth batch of red wine and I’ve read a book about home winemaking. The book didn’t really say too much about degassing at all and I’ve been googling a lot and really this is the only thing that confuses me at the moment: when to know when I’m done degassing. I’ve been using the Wine...
  3. J

    WineXpert Cracked carboy at Clearing step, tastes sour? dump it or wait?

    I started a Winexpert Classic Australian Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre and everything seem to be going fine. Step two on Day 14 was stabilizing and Degassing after racking to the carboy. Next day on Step 15 was Clearing. I discovered that the car boy had a crack in the bottom and was slowly...
  4. B

    Review at Bottling Winexpert Eclipse Yakima Pinot Grigio

    I decided to go by the book this time. I even used both supplied yeast packs. Other than skipping the sorbate, I was a fundamentalist. (Although I'm partial to reds, when I try the red kits, I find I never get the big, tannic, dry, old world taste I want. I use the grape skins in and out of...
  5. rustbucket

    WineXpert Piesporter Wine Kit

    In 2017, I bottled the Winexpert Selection Original Piesporter Style Wine Kit. This wine is very well liked by a few of my neighbors wives. Unfortunately, I only have 6 bottles left. Winexpert no longer has this kit listed on their website. Checking my local wine kit supplier, as well as every...
  6. C

    Color of Cab @ 3 months aging?

    Just making sure. My Winexpert Lodi ranch 11 cab kit is now aged 3 months. The color is a medium dark reddish purple. See photo. Most cabs I have ever seen have this dark purple color but maybe this is different. Just concerned about oxidation. Is mine pretty par for the course at this point...
  7. F

    My 2nd Go at Winemaking...

    My first attempt winemaking is not over yet and I have already decided to do it again! Mainly because I consider my first go around a success, even though I have not bottled that batch yet. The Malbec kit tastes great already and can only improve from here on out. I owe all of my perceived...
  8. tradowsk

    WineXpert cheap Merlot kit has little taste

    I bought a cheap 1 gallon WE Merlot kit over the summer to mess around with. I fermented with the included oak dust and BM4x4, and everything went smoothly. SG stabilized at 0.996 after about 2 months, so I did a quick 3-day cold crash in my fridge to speed the clearing and then added 1/4...
  9. R

    Help with Winexpert Production Code

    Hello! Total newbie here. Can anyone help me interpret this Winexpert production code? I looked at a number of other posts on this, but my label doesn't match the number of digits I'm seeing in all the posts.
  10. dsamuelson

    2017 Winexpert LE Australian Ruby Cabernet

    Came across this deal tonight on Amazon. Looks like Winexpert is selling off the remaining inventory of the Limited Edition Australian Ruby Cab kits. Heck of a deal at $134.99 with free prime shipping. Bought one when they were released (currently aging) and just picked up another. 13 left ...

    Reserve Your Winexpert LE18 Kits for Just $1

    Five Renowned Regions - Five spectacular Wines! Winexpert™ continues to raise the bar each year with its Limited Edition program, and this year of 2018 is no different! The kits are available by pre-order only, and you must reserve your kits by Wednesday November 28th, 2018. We'll start shipping...
  12. tradowsk

    Extended Maceration and Gross Lees

    I'm working on a WineXpert Eclipse Lodi Ranch cab sauv. I'm following this thread to try an extended maceration: I'm shooting for a 6 week EM (currently on week 3) but I'm wondering if I was supposed to rack...
  13. tradowsk

    Best WineXpert Bold red kit

    Hi all! I've been making sweet and semi-sweet fruit wines for a while, but I really want to get into some reds. My family and I all love big, bold reds and I wanted some input on some WineXpert kits from people who have made them. Specifically, we are looking for a full-bodied red with strong...
  14. Monty Knapp

    WineXpert Deviating from kit instructions

    I'm getting ready to start a new kit (6 gallon). WineXpert Eclipse Shiraz, Barbarossa Valley, Australia. I'm thinking about deviating from the instructions a little. I came across an article named "Extended Instructions for Making Wine From Kits". These instructions take a 28 day kit and stretch...
  15. W

    WineXpert Kit Chemistry Off?

    Hi all, I've just begun making wine from a kit: Selection Premium Vieux Chateau Du Roi (Chateauneuf du Pape) I'm going to follow the instructions, except for the sorbate. I've added the water & bentonite per the instructions, mixed (did not start fermentation), and took some chemistry...
  16. pettyus

    Hey from NW Indiana!

    Hello everyone...just joined today after browsing around looking for tips. I'm very new to winemaking--my wife and I have just started as a new hobby. (Not very new to wine drinking and collecting, though!!) For our first attempt we are trying Winexpert's Montepulciano. We are currently...