Weak wine

I have a BrewKing's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot in progress. I added the betonite in 2 litres of water, stired, added the 15 litres of juice, rinced the container with water and added it to the mix, and toped it up to 23 litres. Added the oak. SG: 1.085. After 6 days, the SG was at 1.000, so I racked it in a 6 gallon carboy for 10 days. Then the SG was at 0.992, so I stabilized it. Now, I have just racked it after 8 days of stabilisation as the instructions says.
Is it normal that it's color and taste is rather weak at this time? It doesn't LOOK like a quality wine, and almost taste like water and alcohol. Did I miss something? Or everything is normal and color, texture and taste will come with ageing Any comments would be appreciated.
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Willie
I've used the Selection kits before and have had reasonably good results. You seem to have followed all the steps and altho the wine won't won't be very smooth at this stage it should be weak. My favorite styles are Barolo & Amarone which are perhaps more full bodied than the Cab Sav\Merlot. I'd suggest you take a bottle to the store where you bought the kit and ask them for their opinion. > I have a BrewKing's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot in progress. > I added the betonite in 2 litres of water, stired, added the 15 litres of > juice, rinced the container with water and added it to the mix, and toped it > up to 23 litres. Added the oak. SG: 1.085. After 6 days, the SG was at > 1.000, so I racked it in a 6 gallon carboy for 10 days. Then the SG was at > 0.992, so I stabilized it. > Now, I have just racked it after 8 days of stabilisation as the instructions > says. > > Is it normal that it's color and taste is rather weak at this time? It > doesn't LOOK like a quality wine, and almost taste like water and alcohol. > Did I miss something? Or everything is normal and color, texture and taste > will come with ageing Any comments would be appreciated. > >
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atrebla2
I have a BrewKing's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot in progress. I added the betonite in 2 litres of water, stired, added the 15 litres of juice, rinced the container with water and added it to the mix, and toped it up to 23 litres. Added the oak. SG: 1.085. After 6 days, the SG was at 1.000, so I racked it in a 6 gallon carboy for 10 days. Then the SG was at 0.992, so I stabilized it. Now, I have just racked it after 8 days of stabilisation as the instructions says.
Is it normal that it's color and taste is rather weak at this time? It doesn't LOOK like a quality wine, and almost taste like water and alcohol. Did I miss something? Or everything is normal and color, texture and taste will come with ageing Any comments would be appreciated.
Reply to
Willie
Of all the wine kits that I have made (~20) that was my favourite red. The first batch was soooo good. Lots of full flavour and a nice oak taste. In a taste test against 2 $15 bottles and another home brew, it won easily. I made it a second time and it was still good, but not like the first time. I don't know what changed, but that first Selection Cabernet/Merlot kit may have been the best wine I ever tasted.
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Luap

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