I’ve made a couple of kit wines before but never checked/adjusted the PH (shame on me). However, I just tested my latest Merlot after a month in the secondary and the test strips tell me I’m basically making beer!
I have PH strips for beer and wine but the Merlot is registering a dark brown color when using the wine strips (which matches more closely to 5.8 on the beer PH scale), and registering a light yellow when using the beer strips (which looks like 4.6 on the beer PH scale).
So I obviously need to adjust down but not sure how far. From some quick reading it looks like Merlot should be around 3.68. I purchased an acid blend from my local brew store which is a 40/40/20 blend of tartaric, malic and citric acids.
1st question: Any good PH calculators on line?
2nd question: Is it typical for these kits to produce a high PH wine that needs adjusting? If not, I guess it’s my water.
Thanks in advance.