Wine Making -- 2009

09 November 2009

Although I had tentative plans to make some spring wines, nothing happened this year. Since I'm running dangerously low on the remainder of previous years' productions ... I bought a Barolo kit. I'll need to buy another red wine kit in the next few weeks to ensure I've got wine throughout the spring ...


Wines Made in 2009

Wine

Started

Bottled

Yield

Barolo

21 Dec 2009

06 Mar 2011

25

Total Made:

 

 

25 bottles


Barolo Kit

This one caught my fancy ... and that was all the decision there was!

Ingredients:

Kit

Winexpert Selection Original Series Wine Kit -- Barolo

Yeast

Lalvin EC-1118 (included in kit)

Sugar

4 cups

Winemaking Actions

Tasks

Date

SG

Purchased 5 gallons of spring water as home water is very hard.

Dissolved bentonite in 1 gallon water in fermenter, using powered stirring rod to mix. Added juice/concentrate and topped up to 6 gallons, again mixing well. SG was a bit low so added 4 cups white sugar to increase it. Added the oak dust. Rehydrated the yeast and added it.

21 Dec 2009

1.090

Racked wine and transferred to carboy.

31 Dec 2009

1.010

Racked wine. Added sulfite & sorbate, stirring vigorously with drilled mounted stirring rod. Added chitosan adn stirred again. Added 1/4 tsp potassium metabisulfite.

06 Feb 2010

0.994

Ignored wine for far too long. Finally bottled it, putting 12 bottles in corked bottles and 13 in 750 ml screwcaps.

06 Mar 2011

0.994

Final Notes

Yield

25 bottles

Alcohol

12.837%

06 Mar 2011

Tasted a bit earthy at bottling time, probably from all that time spent on the lees. Kits don't benefit from aging on the lees, nor do they seem to benefit from bulk aging. Next kits should be done roughly within the timeframe specified in the directions.

18 Mar 2011

Opened a bottle for making spaghetti sauce. The off flavors I noticed at bottling are there, but seem to be lessening. Six months in the bottle may smooth this one out nicely. However, future kits I will bottle on a more timely basis!

13 Nov 2011

The off flavors previously noted have not lessened significantly. The wine is fine for cooking, and ok with food, but not for casual sipping.