The Range 'Make Your Own' Red

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  1. Jul 21, 2019 #21

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    HI

    I've read that using a stabiliser too early can have an adverse effect on the wine?. I have been making wine for around a year now and usually buy the Solomon Grundy range which cost £32 quid. Really nice and I now brew short at around 21 litres. The reds are pretty good.
     
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    The only negative thing i can think of is it would end up sweet as a lot of the sugar would not be eaten by the yeast.
     
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    Just bottled this yesterday. 29 1/2 bottles and drinkable now but will leave it a bit as noted.
    Controlled the temp in the new fridge and left it for about 2 weeks longer than stated, then another week after clearing and degassing. Result - very clear, and a heavy sediment that stayed put.
    Only other thing of note was it used wood chips which were more of a fine oak sawdust. I thought it would mess up the bottling but it all dropped out of suspension ok.
    ....now I have an empty FV again wink...
     
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    One thing I have noticed with the red compared to the white and rose kits is the red takes a lot longer to ferment, I put one on 12 days ago and it's still slowly bubbling away.
     
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    Started my red MYO kit a few weeks back on a Monday afternoon and by Thursday it was finished at 992 , I added 200 grams of elderberries to add colour and body used open bucket with muslin cloth cover , it hissed like crazy at 28 degrees in a 16 degree room , it’s now ageing in plastic carboy with oak chips, was originally planning cheap Christmas plonk but the wine tasted better than that so I’m leaving it a while,
     
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    Mine is just about finished it's taken 12 days on a heat pad so I will be putting a MYO rose on after this to build stock for Christmas.
     
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    Do you think leaving the fv open with a cloth cover speed mine up so much, I saw this method on a few videos which describes a certain phase of fermentation needing lots of oxygen but mine fermented out that quickly I didn’t have the opportunity to airlock during fermentation. I had it on a heat pad day one but it was raising temp too much so I turned it off, so fingers crossed.
     
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    I have found the white and rose finish around 7 days and the first red I made a couple of days more (on a heat pad) this red has been really slow and is now at 13 days, I have no idea why.
     
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    Just started making the white that I won, finally. Feckin landlord let me go home yesterday - the place is gutted with soot. More cleaning to come ><
     
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    I've just ordered this from B2B who have this in clearance offer (less than 50p per bottle).

    Are you using granulated sugar or Brewers sugar? I'm not sure using 3.5kg of brewers sugar would make much difference..
     
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    I have always made these kits with normal sugar its 3.5kg of table sugar or 4kg of Dextrose.
     
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    Err, this is what I found bud. Feckin ignore the damned outside of the thing, open it up and find it's like any other beer brewing ie boil wort. The outside does not make it clear. I trusted that yesterday and aham, I was stirring quite alot before I was satisfied to take an SG. Outside instructions are very misleading and ignore at all costs. Just make some wort from sugar, pour in as it says on the inside and brew like a normal beer.

    Pouring 3.5 kg of cane sugar takes a long time to aham get a decent starting point rofl. Yus my bad, I did it. I trusted teh outside instructions now please troll me for being stupid.

    Aham, However I have an SG of 12% abv so..... we'll see ;)
     
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