Wine Making -- 1996

Background and General Notes

December 2007

As noted on other pages I found my notebooks, and have written up my notes from 1996.


Wines Made in 1996

Wine

Started

Bottled

Yield

Muscadine

21 Sep 1996

08 Mar 1997

30 bottles

Vieux Chateau-Du-Roi Kit

23 Sep 1996

08 Mar 1997

24 bottles

Total Made:

 

 

54 bottles


Muscadine

Ingredients

fruit

2 bushels muscadine

sulfite

5 tsp sodium metabisulfite

sugar

12 cups

pectic enzyme

7 tsp

yeast nutrient

7 tsp

yeast

Red Star Red Wine

Winemaking Actions

Tasks

Date

SG

Crushed fruit, added sulfite, sugar, pectic enzyme, and nutrient.

21 Sep 1996

1.076

Added yeast.

22 Sep 1996

1.076

No activity. Added Wyeast 3028 Pasteur Red Yeast to jump start it.

24 Sep 1996

1.076

Jump start worked like a champ! Pressed fruit.

29 Sep 1996

1.004

Racked.

03 Oct 1996

0.997

Racked

13 Oct 1996

0.997

Bottled.

08 Mar 1997

0.996

Final Notes

Yield

30 bottles

Afterthoughts

This wine was VERY sharp, painful to drink. In retrospect I should have sweetened it at least a bit. No plans to make it again -- the fruit quality (bought at Raleigh Farmer's Market) was low and it's not a grape that to my taste, anyway.


Vieux Chateau-Du-Roi Kit

Ingredients

fruit

WineArt Vieux Chateau-Du-Roi kit

sugar

4 cups

Yeast

Lalvin KV-1116

Winemaking Actions

Tasks

Date

SG

Started kit.

23 Sep 1996

1.080

Racked, added oak chips.

29 Sep 1996

1.014

Racked, added kielsol, stabilizer.

13 Oct 1996

1.001

Bottled.

08 Mar 1997

1.001

Final Notes

Yield

24 bottles bottles

Afterthoughts

This is the first "kit" I did. At the time I don't recall being impressed, but in terms of ease and consistency, it came out great! Prior to this kits weren't all that good, and they've certainly improved in quality since.