2014 Gewurztraminer

January 2014 – Lorraine 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.

2014 Gewurztraminer

Ingredients

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

Method

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.

01/01/2014
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 instrunctions) and racked to a 7 gallon fermenter. 01/24/2014
SG 0.998
Using powered stirring rod, added the metabisuliphite & 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.

01/24/2014
SG –
Racked the wine.

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

01/31/2014
SG 0.998
Bottled the wine. 03/31/2014
SG 0.998

Notes:

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.

Bryan

Long time wine and beer making ....