- Oct 25, 2019
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Of all the kits I've done so far (about a dozen) my greatest success was with a cheap Sauvignon Blanc kit from wineloversonline.com I followed the above-quoted process from @Rocky under the tutelage of "master-tweaker" @joeswine but not to the same scale...just one six-gallon kit. Well the number of available bottles has dwindled...and my winemaking went on a pause after my lovely bride and I moved to another house. Shortly after the move, wineloversonline.com had a nice sale and I picked up two more SB kits (11.5% PABV) and started the process a week ago. I'm doing an A-B test this time, the only thing that's different between the two new batches is that I used QA-23 yeast on one batch and the yeast that came with the package on the other. Incidentally, I was disappointed when I opened the package and found that the yeast was not in the traditional Lalvin EC-1118 package so I assumed that it was still EC-1118, but I don't know for sure because it just says "Yeast" in a pretty four-color printed package. Anyway, primary fermentation has gone well for both yeasts, the QA-23 crossed the 1.000 S.G. line about 18 hours ahead of the EC-1118. It smells amazing and I will be stabilizing soon. I may keep the batches separate, may mix them together, or a little of both. Either way, I'm looking forward to the results. Thanks again to Rocky and Joe.Today I started a quadruple batch of Sauvignon Blanc (WE Vintner's Reserve) under the careful tutelage of Master Tweaker, Joe. This is my first attempt at tweaking a "cheap" kit and I am excited to see how it progresses. The tweaks I employed were adding 4# of white grapes, crushed and cooked down by 30%, the zest of two grapefruit (I know, the picture looks like orange zest, but it is grapefruit), toasted American oak chips and Hungarian oak powder. I did not change the yeast that came with the kit (EC-1118). I have this all in my 32 gallon fermenter, ET 2 Brute. We'll see how it goes!