- Nov 15, 2007
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Then they become a background flavor
So after the primary with only 5 gallons, do you add another gallon back in the carboy? Or do you keep it there to keep it thicker. I tried wine from one of these and they do seem to be very thin. Or can you add enymes to help if become more full and rounded. Or both?hoew much
usually these kits are a 6 gallon /4 week contender, but I brake them down to a 5 gallon starter volume to increase the concentrate and in crease the flavor profile then boost the abv, in the primary.
I quite often use the same kits and they are fun to tweak during aging...my 3-year-old oaked Shiraz is wonderful.Hey joeswine!
In early December, I bought a 60 bottle/12 gal Shiraz kit at Costco for 60$. I did half exactly like the instructions said, turned out surprisingly nice.
The other half, I brought the volume down to 5 gal, added a pound of raisins, tannins and it's now sitting on oak chips. All I can say is WOW! Totally different glass of wine. I'm sold on the idea!
So I've been eyeing a chardonnay kit, and I think I'll be picking one up next time we go grocery shopping.
What is your go-to recipe for enhancing a cheap Chardonnay? I really appreciate any input.
That's very encouraging. Im pretty impressed with the value in these wine kits. Have you messed with them much or do you tend to follow the instructions? I left mine on oak a little too long, but hoping it ages well.I quite often use the same kits and they are fun to tweak during aging...my 3-year-old oaked Shiraz is wonderful.
I have tried Sauvignon-blanc with added elderflowers before. Like you recommend Joe. I took (1-)2 cups of fresh flower. Heated to 80C in water and added to primary for 3 weeks.Put the Elderberry flowers in the secondary.and let it sit for1 month..
Make the primary straight up no changes.
Afd nothing else it should turn out delicious , I've made it before this way