Bitter Fruit Wine & Moscato Kit

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  1. Benn

    Benn Junior

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    I am extremely new to wine making. I started my very first batch of strawberry wine a couple of weeks ago. I just got my wine into the secondary fermenter a few days ago and the recipe said i could try it. The wine is very bitter so my question is how long and should it sweeten up in the secondary and should I plan to add simple syrups when I get ready for bottling?

    My next question is Moscato. The only kit I have really seen is the California from winexpert which I ordered. Is there any other recommended kits?
     
  2. salcoco

    salcoco Veteran Wine Maker Supporting Member

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    the strawberry wine is to new to judge any characteristics good or bad. wait abut three months before making any judgement. follow good so2 procedures and wait.
    I would google moscato wine kits and see what you get. i believe RJ Spaniel make one and probably others.
     
  3. Arne

    Arne Senior Member

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    Salcoco is steering you along the right path. You will probably get more answers to your questions if you post in the beginners forum rather than here. I believe more people look thru there with intentions of helping out. And welcome to the forum. Arne.
     
  4. bobpf

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    I have made numerous batches of strawberry wine and find that they do require a bit of sweetening at the end to help reduce the bitterness and to help enhance the flavor. I typically just use straight sugar instead of a simple syrup. Everyone’s preference will be different, but I find a ending SG of 1.005 is nice. However salcoco is right about waiting a few months.
     
  5. meadmaker1

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    Treat your strawberry wine like a bowl of strawberries for short cake.
    Add sugar and let it sit a while, Or its not really a treat.
    I lIke to make a simple syrup with honey and the juice from frozen berries to sweeten with.
     
  6. Benn

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    I did add a simple syrup and it thought it turned out pretty good in the end. I did have some extra particles but I am thinking that is from not letting it sit long enough. Overall I am very pleased with it!
     
  7. bobpf

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    Also, if your going to back sweeten make sure your adding some Sorbate, but follow the recommended dosage on the package (usually somewhere around .5 g/Gallon). Don't ever use it on any wine that has gone through MLF eihter as it can create a Geranium smelling off flavor.
     

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