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Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Chippy_Tea » Sun Apr 06, 2014 15:40

Originality posted 29-06-2013

I picked up this kit and a Strawberry for £4 each in the recent sale, at that price its as cheap as a WOW.

The juice is in a tin can with the ingredients inside the lid behind a cardboard doughnut.



You start this kit with only 1.8 litres of cold water, you then add the ingredients sachets and 450g of sugar, on day three you are advised to top up to 4.5 litres, i did this and on the next day it came out of the airlock, if i make this kit again i will wait a couple of days longer before topping up.

When fermentation has finished you add a sachet of flavouring and swirl the DJ.

24 hours later you add finings and stabiliser and wait another week before bottling.

I bottled this last night and it tasted great, i was not 100% clear so i will leave it a until it has cleared before i try it again. (need the DJ's for may latest WOW variant)

If you just want to bung everything in the DJ and leave it alone this is probably not the kit for you as it takes several steps to get to the end result.

I will add more to the thread when it has cleared.

Edit to add -

We had a couple of glasses of this last night and as you say its hard to say what it does taste of but it is not what i expected black cherry to taste of, it is drinkable and at £4 (in the sale) cheap enough, i would definitely not pay £8 for this kit.

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Alfiedog » Sun Apr 06, 2014 17:00

Probably a silly question but how do I tell when a red/dark wine is clear and ready to bottle.
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Chippy_Tea » Sun Apr 06, 2014 17:06

Its not actually that dark, you will be able to see through it as it clears.

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Alfiedog » Sun Apr 06, 2014 17:14

I see, was used to white wow type wines so wasnt sure. Have the youngs version of the black cherry added finings etc 2 weeks ago so will check if i can see though it before i bottle it.
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Chippy_Tea » Sun Apr 06, 2014 17:23

If you fancy trying rose type WOW there are a few recipes for it here - viewtopic.php?f=19&t=57

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Alfiedog » Sun Apr 06, 2014 17:35

Im pleased you have started up that thread again as there was loads "on the other site" As new to brewing its good to have loads of recipes to have a go at. Got a pommegranate on the go but wifes fav (so far) is apple and raspberry :D
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Chippy_Tea » Sun Apr 06, 2014 18:19

Love the Pomegranate, my favourite at the moment is WGJ + apple/raspberry, i have also made it with red grape juice but it was not as nice, perfectly drinkable but i prefer WGJ when i can get it.

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Kermie » Sun Jun 01, 2014 18:45

I have got one of these on the go at the moment (currently clearing). Has anyone got an update as to the taste after it's been bottled a few weeks?
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Kermie » Mon Jun 23, 2014 21:41

Having tried this after it had been bottled a week or so, it was drinkable but not sure I could tell it was black cherry though. Still, very nice.
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Titus A Duxass » Tue Jun 24, 2014 05:58

I tried mine after a year - crap!
Very thin tasting, I've put it back in the cellar for another year.

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Kermie » Tue Jul 22, 2014 21:16

I've just opened a bottle of my Black Cherry I bottled on 13/06/14 and it was very nice, not thin at all.
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby krazypara3165 » Wed Jul 23, 2014 09:05

Titus A Duxass wrote:I tried mine after a year - crap!
Very thin tasting, I've put it back in the cellar for another year.

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Will this get better with more time? swear I read somewhere that the cheaper kits peak after a few months and then go downhill.....

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Titus A Duxass » Wed Jul 23, 2014 10:01

I don't know if it'll get better, I'll try it again at Christmas,
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby boost » Fri Jul 25, 2014 23:41

I'm drinking a glass from a freshly bottled batch right now. Have to say it's really not bad. It's kind of half way between a rose and a red. Definitely worth 8 quid, or in my case free, as the kids got it me for my birthday :)
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Pedro » Mon Oct 13, 2014 14:46

Resurrecting an older thread.. I bought this kit today on a whim (I was in Wilco's for some other bits and bobs). Normally I brew with foraged stuff but it was 20% off so I figured I'd give it a go at £6.40!. I see conflicting reports on it being a bit thin. I do prefer a more full bodied wine.
I'm considering altering stage two of the instructions and adding a bit less water. I would only anticipate 5 bottles anyway, with waste. Thoughts on whether this might help it with body anyone?

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby Kermie » Sun Oct 18, 2015 10:47

I made mine as instructed, just tried one we made last March and it was very nice, not thin at all. Just making another kit up today actually!
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby duncs » Mon Oct 19, 2015 10:53

Are Wilkinsons stopping this kit? I got the last 5 of the kits for £1 each in my local Wilkos, BBE date was 2017 so they were not going out of date.

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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby MrBoy » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:56

Alfiedog wrote:Probably a silly question but how do I tell when a red/dark wine is clear and ready to bottle.
Sine a torch through it or hold it up to the light/sun. With a torch, I can even see inside my white plastic FV fairly clearly ;)
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Re: Wilkinson Black Cherry kit

Postby BarnsleyBrewer » Mon Oct 19, 2015 12:59

Did one of these the other year, thought it was quite nice. :thumb:

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