Hello to all! I finally took the plunge today and started my 1st batch of wine. Trying to ease my way in, I opted to go the pre pressed juice route to get my feet wet. We'll see how it goes. It seems to be as fun to make as to drink so far!
Well I bought a Merlo kit. Keeping a close eye on the fermenting. Pretty interesting so far. The kit came with 6 gallons of merlo (juice), 5 gallon bottle, siphon, hydrometer, and yeast. The sales guy was quite nice and steered my into this direction. I love Merlo so I figured what the heck. I understand that Cab's take quite long to be able to drink so I will start with this. Fingers crossed, JimmyWelcome here, so what exactly did you get?
I went to Corrados's in Clifton. I did get all the chemicals mentioned as well.I'm also in NJ. Where about are you? Where did you get this juice? The "kit" came with all that equipment of is what the sales guy said to buy? I hope you bought some chemicals like Potassium Metabisulfite and Sorbate and some kind of clearing agent. If this was a all juice bucket it will take at least 6 months to bottle min...
Well the Juice is in a 6 gallon bucket however, there is some room on to for the must to expand/foam on top i guess. Like I said I have zero knowledge and this is a first for me. Any pointers anyone would like to add is welcome as I'm sure I'll need them! ThanksSomething is astray here. You bought 6 gallons of juice and only a 5 gallon carboy? A Merlot needs about the same time as a Cabernet!