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Old 03-12-2003, 04:19 AM
Willie
 
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I have a BrewKing's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot in progress.
I added the betonite in 2 litres of water, stired, added the 15 litres of
juice, rinced the container with water and added it to the mix, and toped it
up to 23 litres. Added the oak. SG: 1.085. After 6 days, the SG was at
1.000, so I racked it in a 6 gallon carboy for 10 days. Then the SG was at
0.992, so I stabilized it.
Now, I have just racked it after 8 days of stabilisation as the instructions
says.

Is it normal that it's color and taste is rather weak at this time? It
doesn't LOOK like a quality wine, and almost taste like water and alcohol.
Did I miss something? Or everything is normal and color, texture and taste
will come with ageing Any comments would be appreciated.



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Old 04-12-2003, 12:20 AM
atrebla2
 
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I've used the Selection kits before and have had reasonably good results.
You seem to have followed all the steps and altho the wine won't won't be
very smooth at this stage it should be weak. My favorite styles are Barolo
& Amarone which are perhaps more full bodied
than the Cab Sav\Merlot. I'd suggest you take a bottle to the store where
you bought the kit and ask them for their opinion.

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I have a BrewKing's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot in progress.
I added the betonite in 2 litres of water, stired, added the 15 litres of
juice, rinced the container with water and added it to the mix, and toped

it
up to 23 litres. Added the oak. SG: 1.085. After 6 days, the SG was at
1.000, so I racked it in a 6 gallon carboy for 10 days. Then the SG was at
0.992, so I stabilized it.
Now, I have just racked it after 8 days of stabilisation as the

instructions
says.

Is it normal that it's color and taste is rather weak at this time? It
doesn't LOOK like a quality wine, and almost taste like water and alcohol.
Did I miss something? Or everything is normal and color, texture and taste
will come with ageing Any comments would be appreciated.






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