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Farmer Member
Jan 19, 2010
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Newbie here. Made Stag's Leap Merlot 6 months ago and it's just now getting to be really, really good. I just started another batch! Reading the WE 2010 catalog, and it says that if you plan to age for more than 6 months you should add extra sulfites. I would like to age this new batch for at least 1 year. Anyone have advice on quantities or type of sulfites to add? When should they be added? How much? Thanks in advance!

Another question: For someone who enjoys dry and medium bodied reds, what's something else you might suggest? Luna Rossa seems quite good to me but maybe a little chewy or thick to me. I know that's not proper terms but that's the way I would describe it. Has anyone tried the Lodi Ranch Cab Sav or the Columbia Valley Cab Franc Merlot? Your thoughts? Thanks!

Wade E

Jul 3, 2006
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Use what came with the kit when stabalizing and then after that after every 3-4 months of aging add another 1/4 tsp of potassium metabisulfite(k-meta). Best method though is to actually check to see if you need sulfite by checking with a S02 test kit.