What wine did you use to top off the carboy?Steve:
Cellar Craft makes at least two Chateau du Pays kits. One is a 7.5 litre kit and would be roughly the same quality as the WE kits that you have made. Without having made any of them, I can't comment further.
The second is an 18 litre kit with a crushed grape pack. This is much better than the WE kits you have been making. But whether it's better than the top end WE kits is probably a matter of personal choice.
Good luck with whatever you decide. If it's the grape skin kit, remember that it should be aged for a year or more to achieve it's best. Also, since the kit is on sale, ask about the production date.
I ordered 2 of these.Looking forward to the LE release of this kit in February 2011. Glad to hear that it is enjoyable and I will keep you posted on the progress
IMO one can't go wrong with a CC kit. M two fav's are Cellar Craft and US Elite. Both of these companies make a wine that is by far on the top of my list.After reading all of the good experiences with the CDP I ordered the LE version and am anxiously waiting for it. I had been looking for an excuse to try a Cellar Craft kit as it is highly recommended by a friend.
For grape skins: cheese cloth or loose?
Do I squeeze all of the juices out of the skins when racking to the secondary? If so what are the best ways to do this?