Combining the initial wine kit ingredients.

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What you need:

• Wine Kit Juice Pack

• Packet #1: Bentonite

• The Yeast Packet

• Water

Place 2 liters (½ gallon) of warm water into the sanitized fermenter pail. Sprinkle the bentonite from packet 1 into the water while stirring vigorously for 30 seconds, breaking up any clumps. Bentonite is inert clay. It is used to provide the active yeast some material to crop onto. The yeast colony will keep the clay suspended in the juice during the initial, vigorous fermentation. Once the food resource is exhausted the clay will sink pulling the yeast with it. This helps to clear the wine and eliminate unwanted yeast flavors. Placing the bentonite in a 1 quart container with a tight fitting lid, adding water and shaking is an easier way to mix the clay.

Tilt the wine kit box on its back with the large bag spout facing up. Open the flap covering the spout and pull the spout into place, securing it there with the flap. Pry open the cap seal on the bag. An optional kit juice opening tool is available. The cap on the bag can be difficult to remove by hand.

Tilt the box upright and allow the juice to pour into the primary fermenter pail. Once empty pour one or two liters of water into the bag and rinse it into the pail.

Add water to fill the pail to the 23 liter mark. Stir the wine juice for 15 seconds to blend the juice and water.

Making the kit to a full 23 liters (6 US gallons) is crucial to the functioning of the fining agents and stability of the finished wine. If you make it to any other volume, it will not turn out correctly.

When the juice settles hold the hydrometer by the small end and lower it into the pail. Release it when the large weighted end is submerged. The hydrometer will float. DO THIS GENTLY TO prevent BANGING THE INSTURMENT ON THE BOTTOM OF THE PAIL AND AVOID it FROM BOBBING UP AND DOWN. When the hydrometer is steady; note the original gravity (specific gravity). Match your reading to the expected gravity given in the kit instructions. You should be within .002 points of the anticipated reading. In the event that your hydrometer reading differs widely from the instruction sheet, you may have added too much or too little water. The original gravity of your wine may be used at bottling to calculate the alcohol content after fermentation.

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