Discussion in 'Kit Winemaking' started by joeswine, Dec 11, 2015.
Now I understand your using a concentrate,now that sounds like a basic plan to start with.
I suggest adding the blueberries in primary. Mash them with a potato masher, then simmer off some of the water to concentrate the flavor, let them cool to around room temperature and add to the fruit base and water.
As far as the oak is concerned, I would not use anything too heavy (toasted). If anything, I might add 3 to 4 oz. of medium toast American oak.
That's a good plan to me and yes no oak at all.
ABV at least 10% no higher if possible. This will be ready to drink in 8 weeks from your starting date.
What would you say about adding dried elderberries to wine instead of currants as a tweak?
Yes any good white will do, I've done this before and if you let it set with the fruit in the secondary it's very good, give it time to set up then rack and allow it to come back together again.
I'm not sure I understand. Elderberries in a white?
I used dried elderberries in a niagara white wine from concentrate. I had thought it would be something similar to a rose, but my extended extraction made very light type red. Turned out pretty decently, I think.
I just racked my Sauvignon Blanc (and managed to stir up a bit of sediment). I will let it sit for about 4 more months, then rack one more time and bottle.
Did you sneak a sip ?
Oh yes, Joe. My MO is to take a little out of each carboy with a wine thief to taste, mostly to see if everything is going okay. All were very nice considering their youth. This will be a very nice afternoon drinker for next Summer.
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