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  1. Jan 22, 2020 #2041

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    The more consistent and the lower the temp the better. I put mine into my spare refrigerator set to as low as it goes, which is 33F for a week or two and consistent. With the temps fluctuating that much, it will probably never fully cool down to the lowest temp. I don't think it will have the intended effect to clear the wine.
     
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    Pitched the 1118 yesterday,
    Added 4 tsp pectin
    3/4 cup raw sugar sprinkled on the top.
    Seems ok.
    Will let you know .RocketBee
     
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    no to cold ...keep it somewhere moderate and walk away. Learn to make simple syrup..
     
  4. Jan 22, 2020 #2044

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    Sugar, good to hear you got it going. Are you reducing the volume or adding any fruit?
     
  5. Jan 25, 2020 #2045

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    So I just took a quick look at my Fontana Chardonnay kit. I stabilized it and started the clearing process on Tuesday (three days ago). And per your instructions above, @joeswine, I added a teaspoon of pectic enzyme.

    It's almost clear, just three days later.

    This after added a peach Fpack and everything. Seems too quick, yes? Wondering if I did something wrong.
     
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    Not at all you díd it correct and Bacchus was watching.
    It happens,really.
     
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    Oh, and there is still some positive pressure inside the carboy pushing out bubbles occasionally through the airlock. Maybe a bubble every 3-5 minutes or so. I did stabilize with the included Ksorbate. The packet of sorbate looked kind of old...wondering whether it has maybe lost some of its effectiveness...?
     
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    If the wine is not fully degassed, the carboy will bubble even after the yeast has finished and is dead. Also, k-meta makes its own gas.
     
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    Let it sit for a couple of weeks walk away, just walk away .nlet time work t for you.
     
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    RocketBee,
    Yes I always reduce to 5 gallon. I also use the 5 gallon water carboys Walmart sells with an air tight srew top for $7. Very easy to get around with handle.
    Not the puriest I know but it works for me.
     
  11. Jan 27, 2020 #2051

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    Always keep in mind that each batch of juice/ concentrate kit you make ,it's ABV. May very..
     
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    So if I understand correctly, what you're saying is that we should be keeping an eye on the original gravity measurement and carefully consider the potential alcohol and not just blindly plan on a certain volume because there may be some inconsistency in the sugar levels of the concentrate/juice between kits.

    Yes?
     
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    YES...make sense, here's something to play with,after opening the next kits bag take an SG. reading before adding water, then as usual after you added the amount of deluction , Masters of the control of the process .
     
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    My Fontana Chardonnay looks like it's ready to bottle now, very clear. I'm in no hurry to bottle it and I planned to bulk-age at least three months or more. At what point during the bulk-aging process do I need to do something like add more Kmeta? Or do I just leave it alone for 3 months, 6 months or more?
     
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    Just leave it alone, 1month then bottle. It can age in the bottle, period.⏳ theses kits are designed to be drunk early and enjoyed.
    This will then make room for the next kit.
     
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    RockeBee,
    I have bottled 4 Fontana kits. this is the second WG Kit. To me the Base stock is better character . so far it is producing better wine to my taste. Subjective at best that's my reason.
    Sugar
     
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    What is a WG kit
     
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    WG=Wild Grapes
     
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    Yes I've bought from them in the past
    Thanks
     
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    Joe, which do you prefer, Fontana or Wild Grapes?
     

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