finishing a cellar classic cab sauv kit - question

finishing a cellar classic cab sauv kit - question

Post by ricardo.. » Wed, 30 Nov 2005 11:59:51



I received a cellar classic cab sauv kit from someone who bought it
with great intentions, but it never got made.
I fermented it, and let it bulk age for a while (6 months or so).
I have kept the airlocks topped up, and am now going to finish the kit.
 Considering it's going to be a dry wine, and it's been sitting for a
while, my question is:  does it really need the addition of the
sorbate, bentonite slurry, and the gelatin in addition to the potass.
met?  It seems to me to add sorbate is necessary only if you are going
to sweeten it, bentonite and gelatin are fining agents only if you want
to get your kit going and bottle it quickly.  It seems to me that the
addition of the potassium metabisulfite would be sufficient to finish
and bottle this cellar classic cab sauv kit.

Any advice?  would you concur?
Thanks.
Rick
Fremont, Michigan

 
 
 

finishing a cellar classic cab sauv kit - question

Post by Dar » Thu, 01 Dec 2005 22:13:12


Do you know what your beginning and ending SG was?
Darlene


Quote:
>I received a cellar classic cab sauv kit from someone who bought it
> with great intentions, but it never got made.
> I fermented it, and let it bulk age for a while (6 months or so).
> I have kept the airlocks topped up, and am now going to finish the kit.
> Considering it's going to be a dry wine, and it's been sitting for a
> while, my question is:  does it really need the addition of the
> sorbate, bentonite slurry, and the gelatin in addition to the potass.
> met?  It seems to me to add sorbate is necessary only if you are going
> to sweeten it, bentonite and gelatin are fining agents only if you want
> to get your kit going and bottle it quickly.  It seems to me that the
> addition of the potassium metabisulfite would be sufficient to finish
> and bottle this cellar classic cab sauv kit.

> Any advice?  would you concur?
> Thanks.
> Rick
> Fremont, Michigan


 
 
 

finishing a cellar classic cab sauv kit - question

Post by Steve Walle » Fri, 02 Dec 2005 00:23:03


Rick I would have put the pot-meta in prior to the long-term aging.

You're right, leave the sorbate out if not sweetening.

Re the gelatin & bentonite...although I usually add the clearing
agents...take a good look at the wine, perhaps take a sample , and
decide yourself if it needs the clearing agents.  Each wine may be
different.  Based on comments from others, the bentonite may be
necessary due to haze in wine.

Steve


Quote:
>I received a cellar classic cab sauv kit from someone who bought it
>with great intentions, but it never got made.
>I fermented it, and let it bulk age for a while (6 months or so).
>I have kept the airlocks topped up, and am now going to finish the kit.
> Considering it's going to be a dry wine, and it's been sitting for a
>while, my question is:  does it really need the addition of the
>sorbate, bentonite slurry, and the gelatin in addition to the potass.
>met?  It seems to me to add sorbate is necessary only if you are going
>to sweeten it, bentonite and gelatin are fining agents only if you want
>to get your kit going and bottle it quickly.  It seems to me that the
>addition of the potassium metabisulfite would be sufficient to finish
>and bottle this cellar classic cab sauv kit.

>Any advice?  would you concur?
>Thanks.
>Rick
>Fremont, Michigan