Cellar Craft showcase Chile Carmenere

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  1. May 25, 2019 #1

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    This is my first Cellar Craft kit in over 10 years, and also first CC with grapeskins. I have to get a bit creative, as Cellar Craft has chosen to combine the sulfite and sorbate in one package. I haven't used sorbate in a decade either, so I had to find out that my eclipse kits have a 4 gram packet of sulfite, which is roughly 3/4tsp. The juice has almost no aroma...I hope that is not a bad sign. It will make less alcohol than my typical eclipse kits, with the SG being only 1.07 before grapeskin addition. Allowing .022 for that, will get me a wine in the 13%ish range.
     
  2. Jun 19, 2019 #2

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    How is this kit progressing? Latest thoughts?
     
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    About a day after I pitched the yest, the must started to smell great. Stabilized yesterday (day 25) still smells great and sample tasted very good for raw wine. SG got right down to .990 so will be very dry the way I like it. If it continues down this road, I won't be making the WineXpert version again.
     
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    Thanks for the update! I just ordered this kit, and I'm excited about getting it started. Does this kit call for 14 days in primary?
     
  5. Jun 19, 2019 #5

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    Yes, but I don't follow those instructions. Made my own when the 2 week primary started in the instructions. Many mistakes in the instructions. I think I posted a thread about them.
     
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    I know exactly what you mean! I never follow the instructions either. I noticed all the errors too in the Eclipse kits when they 1st went to the new instructions. Thankfully I made enough wine in the past to disregard them.
     
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    Did you ferment it on the skins for 14 days? I'm thinking I'll do that.
     

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