RJ Cole Winery

Insights into the world of an amateur home winemaker.

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Cole Wines anagrams to Senile Cow.

Friday, February 10, 2006


VR Merlot:
This past Monday, February 6th, I moved on to the next step on my VR Merlot. Checking the SG on Sunday and Monday, it was already down to .990.

I added packets #2 and #3 (K-metabisulfite and K-sorbate*). Following the instructions carefully, I added these packets to a half cup of warm water and disolved them the best I could, then added directly to the carboy. I then stirred for 2 minutes using my Mix-Stir.

Next I added packet #4 - Chitosan. This is a fining agent, which attaches to small tiny floaties, thereby increasing their mass and falling to the bottom of the carboy clearing the wine.

Finally, I topped up the Carboy with about a cup and a half of cool water to around 2 inches below the bottom of the bung. Now I have to wait 2 weeks from all this activity, which will be February 27th, to bottle. If I prefer, I could rack first to a sanitized carboy to make sure I don't suck up any of the sediment. I'll let you know how that goes!

Pumpkin Wine:
Just looking at my Pumpkin wine. I may try to rack again at the end of the month, but for now, it's starting to clear nicely. The top of the carboy is getting clear enough that I can see my hand through the wine (not extremely clearly yet, but getting there.) As I guessed, this wine has a beautiful golden amber color.

That's it for now. Salud!

*The letter K is the chemical symbol for potassium. Who thought I would ever need chemistry after high school?


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