2019 Merlot #3 – 2nd Run
October 2019 – This wine is from the pomace of my 3rd batch of Merlot this year. It’s a good thing I like Merlot, as I’ll be up to my armpits in it!
|Grape||pomace from 180# Merlot pressed at SG 1.012|
|Water||5 gallons hot tap water|
|Sugar||13 lbs 4 oz|
|Yeast||Red Star Premier Rouge remaining in the pomace|
|Acid Blend||3 tsp|
|Fermentation Oak||8 oz American oak chips (heavy toast) that was in the original batch|
|Put 5 gallons hot tap water in the fermenter. Stirred in sugar until it dissolved. Stirred pomace into the water.
This is a repeat of the Malbec and Zinfandel — the SG is really low for the amount of sugar I put in — 1.053. So I added another 3 lbs 4 oz (finished a 10 lb bag), which kicked the SG up.
Stirred in Fermax and 3 tsp Acid Blend.
|Checked pH — yup, it’s around 4.0, so stirred in another 1 tsp Acid Blend.
This one looks good in the glass … allowing for it being sweet and full of yeast and grape solids.