More wine blending

WCGWCG Posts: 50Member
Following on from the Cabernet Sauvignon-Pinot Noir blend I made a couple of months ago, I've now started the promised Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon blend.
Again it's 50-50% with a slack handful of oak chips thrown in.
The Merlot kit came with a packet of 'chips' but it would be more accurate to describe it as dust, so I also added some of the normal chips HBO sell.

Messed up a bit, though...both kits make about 4.5L each, so combined it would be about 9L.
Suffering from brain-fade, I added both bags of wine ( about 3L in total ) then proceeded to add 9L of water !! :s
Unsurprisingly, with a total mix of about 12L the SG was well down on what it should be ( 1.062 as opposed to about 1.085-1.09 )
No worries, thinks I, I'll add some brewing sugar to raise the SG.....only to find I haven't got any.

I've ordered some more, but as the batch has already been started I'll have to add it later then do a rough calculation on what difference it'll make to the SG ( from memory, about 500g sugar should raise it from 1.06 to 1.09 )


  • HBO_StaffHBO_Staff Posts: 1,853Administrator
    Great, let us know on your progress. easy mistake to make with the quantity and you are definitely not the first, as you say you could add some sugar to bump it up or perhaps some grape juice just to give it a bit more body and flavour
  • WCGWCG Posts: 50Member
    I considered adding grape juice, but as it's a bit of an experiment I didn't want to skew the result.

    It's a shame you can't add DME or LME as I've got plenty of that :)
  • WCGWCG Posts: 50Member
    Delivery of brewing sugar and other stuff just arrived.
    Tested the SG & it's already down to 0.996 ( about 8.7% ABV )
    I didn't bother weighing it, I just added enough sugar to take it back up to around 1.02 ( 1.022 to be precise )
    In theory, that difference ( .026 ) added to the original SG should make it up to around 1.088
    Not 100% accurate, but it shouldn't be that far out.
    If it gets down to around .996 again, that should make it just over 12% ABV.
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