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LarryW

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I would like to get the most out of the Vintners Reserve Merlot I just bought.
Should I proceed as the instructions say or try some alternatives you experts know about? I saw mention of raisins. Is this a good way to improve the kit?
What kind of raisins? how many? What kind of grapes are raisins from?
Thanks for the Hep:h
 

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Add 2# of Sunmaid raisins in the primary. I get the 2 pak from Sams Club.
 

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Wade,
Can you use the 2 grape skins on all reds or just Cab & Merlot
 

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You could use them on just about anything with the exception of a few like Pinot Noir or Malbec. They and a few others really wont be a good match for those. Its kind of like topping up a win e, it doesnt have to be the same but should be like in other words a strong skin for a strong wine.
 

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is this a low end kit?

I've added both raisins and bananas to merlot/ pinot in the past.. it does improve things dramatically.

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It will add some time just like upping the abv with sugar will. The higher the abv the longer it needs to smooth out.
 

LarryW

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Yes it wil. Its a trade off.. better wine... longer to bottle
Tom,
Is this longer in the secondary before bottling or longer in the bottle before drinking, or can it be either?
Thanks
 

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