Advice on first wine batch

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Advice on first wine batch

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 00:37

Hi all,

I've been considering brewing some white wine for the missus for a while, but I know exactly zero about making wine (well, very little anyway).

Are kits worth the trouble or should I go the whole hog and buy some grape juice?

Cheers for the advice :hat:
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Re: Advice on first wine batch

Postby robwalker » Sun Jul 30, 2017 13:38

Kits basically are grape juice. The single variety Beaverdale kits are a good starting point and work out around 2.50 a bottle.
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Re: Advice on first wine batch

Postby HTH1975 » Sun Jul 30, 2017 15:53

robwalker wrote:Kits basically are grape juice. The single variety Beaverdale kits are a good starting point and work out around 2.50 a bottle.


I'll take a look. Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Advice on first wine batch

Postby tonyhibbett » Sat Sep 30, 2017 15:20

The Winebuddy sauvignon blanc kit makes a perfectly acceptable smooth white wine although it lacks the finesse of a decent French one!
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Re: Advice on first wine batch

Postby HTH1975 » Sat Sep 30, 2017 22:54

tonyhibbett wrote:The Winebuddy sauvignon blanc kit makes a perfectly acceptable smooth white wine although it lacks the finesse of a decent French one!


If it will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with a typical supermarket £5-10 bottle I'd be tempted to try it. The missus is wanting a white wine brew.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed (need to update this figure)
Drinking: Landlord clone
Conditioning: ciders from 2016, hedgerow barrolo, 1914 Courage RIS (10%).
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Re: Advice on first wine batch

Postby tonyhibbett » Tue Oct 03, 2017 15:02

It certainly won't stand up to a good French sauvignon blanc. However, presentation plays a big part in perception. A woman at a party was somewhat critical of one of my wines. When I presented the same wine in a commercially labelled bottle, she refused to believe it was the same wine!
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Re: Advice on first wine batch

Postby HTH1975 » Tue Oct 03, 2017 17:53

tonyhibbett wrote:It certainly won't stand up to a good French sauvignon blanc. However, presentation plays a big part in perception. A woman at a party was somewhat critical of one of my wines. When I presented the same wine in a commercially labelled bottle, she refused to believe it was the same wine!


It's cost me nothing but time so far, plus a few quid for yeast and sugar. I'm good with that.

2016: 330L brewed (72 gallons, over 8 firkins)
2017: 105L brewed (need to update this figure)
Drinking: Landlord clone
Conditioning: ciders from 2016, hedgerow barrolo, 1914 Courage RIS (10%).
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