2014 Gewurztraminer

January 2014Lorraine loves Gewurztraminer and this kit was on sale, so I had to snag it. American Brewmaster discounts kits once they hit a certain age — it clears their shelf and is certainly a bargain for me.


Kit Winexpert Selection Estate Wine Kit — Gewurztraminer
Bentonite yes
Yeast Lalvin EC-1118 (included in kit)
Sugar yes
Sulfite yes
Sorbate yes
Kieselsol yes
Chitosan yes


Dissolved bentonite in 2 quarts hot tap water in fermenter, using powered stirring rod to mix.

Added juice/concentrate to fermenter. Added 1 quart hot tap water to bag, put the cap back on and shook well; pulled the cap and added to the fermenter, then topped up to 5.5 gallons, again mixing well.

Stirred in the oak dust.

Sprinkled the yeast on top.

Note: As with the cabernet, I made the kit up to just 5.5 gallons instead of 6. They always claim the SG will be 1.080 to 1.100, but EVERY time it’s low.

SG 1.085
Racked the wine, filling a 5 gallon carboy, a 1.5 l, and a 750 ml jugs. The cellar has been around 58 F so fermentation has been slow. 01/10/2014
SG 1.010
Stirred up sediment (as per kit instructions) and racked to a 7 gallon fermenter. 01/24/2014
SG 0.998
Using powered stirring rod, added the K-meta & sorbate, the F Pack, and then the chitosan.

Racked back to carboy and a 1 gallon jug. I could not get a good reading on the wine after the stirring. There was foam on the surface that would not go away. I’ll check at bottling time.

Note: The SG on this one never dropped below 0.998. This has been true for a number of kits.

SG –
Racked the wine.

Note: The F-pack did not change the SG.

SG 0.998
Bottled the wine. 03/31/2014
SG 0.998


Yield 26 bottles
Alcohol 11.8%
07/18/2014 Like the last Gewurztraminer, this kit is disappointing. While it is a decent table wine, it lacks in Gewurztraminer character. I have hope that it will develop as it ages.
12/01/2015 Nope, it never developed enough character to satisfy me. It’s a decent sipping wine and I’ve cooked plenty of dishes with it. But I wish it had more Gewurztraminer character.