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codeman

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So I made the RJS Super Tuscan today and the hydrometer reads nearly 1.110 which equates to high 15-16% I think. Anyone else get a reading like this immediately after adding the grape pack?
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Mine was 1.096 after stirrring the grape pack in. Is your hydrometer calibrated?
 

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I used two different hydrometer and both read within .002 of each other. This one had larger markings for a picture.
 

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I made the RJS Super Tuscan a few years back and remember the final calculated %ABV being 15%. However, I don't recall my starting SG.
 

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Codeman, I have seen big bold Super Tuscans in the 15%+ range. You might want to add a little more water to get the reading to 1.105-1.106. I have been able to ferment my Super Tuscans to SG 0.992. BTW, that has always been a great kit. Good luck.
 

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I've made that kit twice (assuming you're talking about the Winery Series) - one started at 1.110 and the other at 1.114. Both fermented fully dry (0.994 and 0.996) and were/are excellent.
 
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Just did a trio red with same initial SG after grape pack. Turned out fine. Not harsh as I thought it would be.
 

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I have not done the Super Tuscan, but I did have another En Primeur kit (Chardonnay I think?) that came in at a really high OG. To my surprise it fermented out just fine - down to about 0.996 or so if I recall correctly.
 

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I have a Super Tuscan going now. Starting SG 1.094, day 5 SG 1.03, day 7 SG 1.013, day 12 SG 0.999, day 16 SG 0.998 ABV 12.57%.
 

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Remember, every solid adds to the SG, not just sugar. Grape solid in the grape pack push the SG up. It will be fine.
 
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