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Extended Instructions for Making Wines from Kits

"To make a better wine...."

My biggest complain with wine kits is that they are too rushed. In this era of immediate gratification, the consumer wants (I guess) his or her wine now! Forget the fact that wine takes time to make, to clarify, to degass itself, to age, and to develop bouquet once it is bottled. Having said that, there is a way to extend the process even for kits and make a much better wine than the 28-day regimens the kit manufacturers have devised.

I posted these instructions in my WineBlog (see the entry for December 18th, 2003). Their purpose is to extend a 28-day kit over a reasonable period to make an even better wine. The instructions below were originally devised by Ed Goist on the rec.crafts.winemaking use group on March 31st, 2000. While I have modified Ed's original to better fit my own belief system for making wines, I must give Ed the credit for the bulk of what follows. If you want to read his original posting, visit the link at the end of this entry.

These instructions are for kits that make 6 U.S. gallons (23 liters) of wine.

Extended Instructions for Making Wines from Kits

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