Wine Making -- 2012

24 March 2014

This year will probably be light for winemaking. I have numerous cases of wine, the racks are full. I need to think before making more.


Wines Made in 2012

Wine

Started

Bottled

Yield

Orange Chocolate Port

11 Feb 2012

24 Mar 2012

15.5

Total Made:

 

 

15.5 bottles


Orange Chocolate Port

I spotted this kit in American Brewmaster, heavily discounted. I checked the label and it was 1.5 years old. Yikes! But a voice inside me said, "go for it!" and I did.

Ingredients:

Kit

RJ Spagnols Orange Chcolate Port kit

Yeast

did not record the brand of yeast

Winemaking Actions

Tasks

Date

SG

Added juice concentrate to the fermenter, stirred in bentonite. Sprinkled yeast on top.

11 Feb 2012

1.112

Racked the wine into a fresh primary fermenter. Added sulfite, potassium sorbate, stirred with powered stirring rod. Added F Pack and stirred well. Added kieselsol and stirred, then added chitosan and stirred. Racked into 3-1/2 gallon carboy.

23 Feb 2012

0.998
1.030

This one is sweet! Racked the wine into a fermenter, and bottled in 31 splits. Amazingly enough, I never checked the SG after adding the F Pack.

24 Mar 2012

1.030

Final Notes

Yield

15.5 bottles

Alcohol

15.2%

24 Sep 2012

The kit may have been old, but it did not affect the quality of the wine. This came out fantastic! When I'm done to my last half dozen bottles, which will take a while as I don't drink it often, I will spend the money to buy another port kit.

04 Jan 2014

This kit is aging incredibly well. This is not an authentic port, but it's a delicious dessert wine, and it has done well for cooking. However, I'd rather spent the money on an inexpensive marsala than use this for cooking. I can always get more marsala but will eventually run out of bottles of this one!