Reserve Du Chateau 6 Week Wine Kit, Australian Semillon , 55-Pound Container
- All ingredients are 100% food grade OGM Free
- Step-by-Step instructions included
- Making Great Wines is as easy as 1,2,3
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contains sulphites and shellfish derivatives
grape juice concentrate, varietal grape juice, liquid invert sugar, tartaric acid, citric acid, tannin,diammonium phosphate,metabisulphite,bentonite, wine yeast,ascorbic acid,potassium sorbate,kieselsol, chitosan. ay contain oak.
Step 1: preparation and fermentation. Step 2: clearing. Step 3: bottling and bottle decoration
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I've been making wine for 3 years now & begin to have a decent reputation among friends. I offer the following advice in hopes that more experienced wine makers will add to or correct it. And hope beginners will find it helpful.
Wine making is insanely easy! You just buy the best juice you can afford and ferment it without contaminating it. But the cardinal sin is to drink it too soon. According to my brief experience the following are apropriate:
Apple wine - bottle between 1-3 months after start of fermentation & age 6 months more before drinking.
Cherry blueberry elderberry etc. - bottle @ 6-9 months and begin to consume after 1 year.
"4week" white wine kits - purchase at a discount & pour directly into sink as they're unfit for decent people.
"6 & 8 week" white wine kits - bottle at 3-4 months and begin to consume after 1 year. These can be good.
"4 week" red wine kits - bottle at 6 months and begin to consume after 1 year.
"6 & 8 week" red wine kits - The Best! Bottle at 1 year. Set aside in a cool place for another year. Tell your lazy son to stay out of it. Then slowly begin to enjoy.
Someone with 10 years or more experience please chime in!
UPDATE NOV 29: Further experience with premium white wines demands bottling around 9 months. The reason is gas. A soda would go flat overnight. But wine has miraculous gas retention capability. Even if sparklingly clear it might be gassy - which effects taste and visual impressions. I cannot stir it all out with the drill mounted agitator & really don't think it's right to agitate too vigorously. So I got more carboys and wait...
These kits are billed as "4 week" kits. In my opinion that is too fast. They are also billed as a 6 gallon kit. I do a few things differently. I only add water to make 5 gallons which gives the wine a noticeable change in body. I also leave the wine in a carboy, my secondary fermenter, for at least 6 months.
I normally rack the wine to a clean 5 gallon carboy after about 2 months, or when the wine is looking very clear. This allows me to get the wine off the lees at the bottom of the fermenter. I have left a batch of wine on the lees for a full 7 months and had no noticeable issues with it, I just do it because I like my wine sitting in a clean, pretty bottle.
Now in order to keep from getting impatient and trying to drink my wine too soon, I start multiple batches. I normally start at least one batch a month. That means I always have a few different types of wine in the pipeline. After you do this for a while you will find it is easy to leave a wine in the carboy for closer to a year, or even longer. Trust me on this, letting your wine sit for more than 6 months gives you a better wine, letting it sit for closer to a year and you will be getting into the range of a really good wine that you will be proud of.
Aging is more important than technique. Patience really pays dividends when it comes to wine making.Read more ›
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I have been doing wine kits for over 15 yrs. and never had so much problems with a wine kit. And at the end of eight months it was nasty. Will not buy againPublished 4 months ago by K. Brown
Perfect. Wine turned out better than store bought! All gone already!Published 6 months ago by Eloy Campos