Hello everyone, I am a newb here and will be making my 4th kit in a week or so. It is the Cellar Craft Showcase Amarone. After reading numerous posts on this site I am going to do an extended maceration for ~6 weeks. Below is my plan of attack and welcome any recommendations or suggestions. 1. Pre-Ferment 1.1 Mix Yeast and Go-Ferm with warm water 1.2 Mix Bentonite that came with kit and 2 cups hot water in Primary (Speidel 7.9) 1.3 Add Juice 1.4 Top off with water to 6 gallons 1.5 Add grape skins that came with kit (not sure if I will put in muslin or not) 1.6 Add any residual grape skin juice with 2c warm water 1.7 Add oak dust from kit 1.8 Stir well and measure SG 2. Fermentation 2.1 Pitch Yeast 2.2 Add Fermaid K 2.3 Cover with clean towel 2.4 Ferment at 72 degrees until SG 1.005 - 1.002 2.5 Add 1 cup of organic raisins 2.6 Cover with lid and airlock 2.7 Ferment until FG target of <.994 3. Post-Fermentation/EM 3.1 When FG is <.994, add Meta (1/4 tsp) 3.2 Add 2 oz Med+ French Oak Cubes 3.3 Shake contents daily to keep everything submerged 3.4 Continue this until 6 week mark is up 4. Stabilize/Degassing (following instruction from kit here) 4.1 Rack juice into 6 gallon Carboy 4.2 Squeeze juice from grape skins into carboy 4.3 Add Kmeta and K Sorbate 4.4 Degas 4.5 Add 1st pack of Kieselsol 4.6 Attach airlock and rest for 24 hours 5. Clearing and Aging 5.1 Stir in Chitosan 5.2 1 hour later add 2nd pack of Kieselsol 5.3 Add 2oz Med+ French Oak Cubes 5.4 Add 1/4 tsp Kmeta 5.5 Top off with red wine 5.6 Attach lid and airlock (or should I use a solid bung at this stage?) 5.7 Age for 6 months at ~55-60 degrees 6. Polish and Bottle 6.1 Rack into 5 gallon carboy 6.2 Attach solid bung 6.3 Rest until any solids settle 6.4 Transfer to bottling bucket/carboy 6.5 Bottle and Cork 6.6 Stand upright for 3-5 days 6.7 Lay on side and store in cellar for 2-3 years (tasting one every 6 months of course) The previous kits I have made never came with skins and I kegged them after following kit instructions to the letter so this is all kind of new, but seems to capture things I have read on this forum. Please let me know your thoughts! Cheers!