This is a Cellar Craft Showcase kit, one of Mr. Scribbles’ projects.
7/22/12 – Started kit per instructions, SG 1.104. In 11 days, it had fermented to an SG of .990, so it was time to rack into a carboy and top off (with Zinfandel and Carmenere). In case the fermentation seems a little fast to you, remember that I live in south Florida, and my house is generally around 79 degrees F.
8/4/12 – added 2 oz. of medium toast Hungarian oak cubes (not in the original kit).
10/24/12 – added 1 oz. heavy toast French oak cubes (not in the original kit).
12/5/12 – racked off of oak and stabilized, added 1 oz. heavy toast French oak cubes (not in the original kit).
3/8/13 – added 1 oz. medium plus toast French oak cubes (not in the original kit).
3/17/13 – set aside 3 gallons in a carboy, and bottled the remainder (15 bottles).
Too long, didn’t read: Followed the instructions on this kit but added a bunch of extra oak during secondary fermentation. Mr. Scribbles isn’t quite happy with how the oak turned out, so he bottled half and is going to do something else with the other half.
As of 7/11/13, the remaining 3 gallons sits in a carboy. Mr. Scribbles wants to blend some with another wine (more about that in a future post) and make a fortified, Port-style wine with some (definitely more about that in a future post).