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mnwc2004

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I’ve made many wine kits with no issues. I’m currently making the island mist green apple kit. Starting SG was 1.050. After 21 days it’s stuck at 1.000. 3 days ago I tried restarting it with E 1118 yeast. Still nothing. Room temp has been around 74-77. I’m at a loss on what to do. Is the kit ruined??
 

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Sorry, I don’t do kits but the first thing I would have done is up the sg to at least 1.080. That way there’s enough alcohol to protect the wine.
 

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Check your hydrometer in distilled water and see if it reads exactly 1.000, or if it’s off a little bit. I have one that’s off by .003, so when it reads 1.000, it’s reall.997. Worth checking.
 

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I have made this kit many times but always tweak it by adding at start one pack of grape juice concentrate (cost about $15) and about 4# table sugar to raise SG to bring alcohol to 11-12% then follow kit instructions to completion. All of my sweet wine lovers love the finished product!
I agree with other posts that your kit is ready to go into secondary continuing to follow the kit instructions. Should there be a little sugar remaining at this time it will not matter because you will be sweeting the wine when you add the f-pack anyway. Your wine will finish with an alcohol content of 7-8% which is fine for for a refreshing drink as the kit maker intended; just don’t plan on keeping it on the shelf for a long time; enjoy it now and for the next year or so. I don’t think this kit improves with aging.
 

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Thank you for the help! It was just disappointing to not have a kit work like I thought it would. This is my first wine making failure so I guess I shouldn't be too upset. ~ Nicole
 

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I don't think any post here indicated failure. Finish the process according to kit instructions and you should have the finished product intended by the kit maker. The slight difference between a hydrometer reading of 1.000 and 0.996 will not make a significant difference in the final product. The hydrometer reading is more likely a result of air bubbles on the hydrometer or a hydrometer accuracy than a stuck fermentation but even if fermentation stopped a bit soon it should result in no noticeable difference in thhe final product. This kit was not intended to result in a wine with a higher alcohol content. I suspect you will have a fine, clear and pleasant fruity wine when you are done. Please let me know how it turns out.
 

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Rack it start the secondary process ,let it sit for two weeks then add your clearing agents and chems stri well let it set until clear.
IvI' made 2 of these and because of the concentrate used it's sometimes harder to get to the finish line.
Be patient go slow ,it's all good.
 
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