RJS Cru International Meritage (Canadian Okanagan)

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  1. Oct 27, 2018 #21

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    Northern Brewer has 20% off one item going on now with free shipping. $92 Total.
     
  2. Nov 13, 2018 #22

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    I assume that this kit does not bring corks but maybe just labels?
     
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    Yes, labels.
     
  4. Nov 14, 2018 #24

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    My LHBS supplies labels, corks and shrinks for free for any kit purchased, this kit came with labels but they are very plain and generic.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2018 #25

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    Finally made up my mind and ordered this kit with the 20% sales going on. I needed to buy forks anyways so why not.
    Free shipping also.
     
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    Received this kit last evening. RJS keeps impressing me every time.
    It came not only with dried skins but a whopping 3 40gr packs of French oak, plus labels and the other stuff.

    EC-1118 though.

    Will kick it off today hopefully but expecting good wine down the road, will put it through an extended maceration.
     
  7. Nov 21, 2018 #27

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    Just picked one up from Midwest for $80, with 20% off!

    I'll probably be starting this one soon too, and will also do extended maceration. Will be interesting to follow along with yours, geek!
     
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    How did you get it that cheap??
    I paid $92 with the 20% coupon and there’s free shipping.
     
  9. Nov 22, 2018 #29

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    I had to go to the store. The raised their online prices recently to pay for the free shipping, but the in-store prices are lower. So it was 99.99 before the 20% off.
     
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    Just started this kit and holy cow....SG is about 1.110 and I haven’t added the dried skins yet.
    Adding skins now and will check again tomorrow before pitching the yeast.
     
  11. Nov 27, 2018 #31

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    That sounds pretty high, what was the final verdict before you pitched the year?
     
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  13. Nov 28, 2018 #33

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    Gettin' close to rocket fuel! You sure you added the right amount of water to the kit? You might end up in the 1.120 range with those skins added.

    Don't give a finished one to @bkisel, not sure he could handle all of that alcohol. :)
     
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    How much sugar do you think those dried skins add?
     
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    Varis will be able to tell us soon enough.
     
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    Strange, Mine was at 1.103 when I pitched the yeast.
     
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    In all honesty, the SG was around 1.110~1.112 before I added the skins. That night I added the skins and then waited until noon next day and the SG was ~1.112

    Not sure if was going to go up from there but I pitched the yeast and been stirring since. I wonder is that is the reason this kit brings a sweetener blend to be added at the end, to balance the rocket fuel....LOL
     
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    Just ordered my kit, $93 from Midwest. They offering 20% off one item and free shipping.
    Thanks for everybody’s input, I wasn’t going to order it at first but it sounds like a good kit from what I’ve read.
     
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    It really seems like a good kit for that price.
    I'd be interested to know the initial SG before you pitch the yeast, please let me know....
     
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    After sitting in secondary for an extended maceration, I'm ready to move this kit.
    However, thinking about this 'finishing blend' small packet. I assume that's some sort of sugar blend and worry that if I don't add sorbate it will start fermenting again.

    I never add sorbate to my red wine kits.....

    How did you guys do with that blend?
     

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