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Amount of water to add to WineExpert kits?

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rhalko1969

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Hello all,
Is it comin practice to cut the amount of water added to a kit?
I was told it will give you a better wine. Example- adding enough water to make 5gal instead of 6.

Randy
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DarkStar

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No, its is not common and not recomeded by the manufacture, adding less than the required amount of water will throw your alcohol content off, acid and tannin levels making a unbalanced wine.
 

smurfe

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Agreed. You will not get a better wine. The juices is concentrated to be re hydrated with a specific amount of water to bring the acid levels to the level to produce the desired end product.
 

daveb50

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There are those who have done 4 week wine kits to 5 gallons, and enjoyed them. That said, I prefer to try to add body to 4 week kits, so as not to lose those 5 bottles of wine. I have added bananas and or raisins to add body to these kits. A half dozen bananas or a pound of chopped raisins can add a lot to a 4 week kit. Another tip, is not to top with water, use a similar, inexpensive commercial wine, you will get it back at bottling.
Dave
 
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