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How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 09:05
by GAZ9053
This was my brew day

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first off read your instructions

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have a glass of homebrew :D :D

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Make sure you have sanitised all your utensils and fermentation bucket (FV)

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empty the contents of your wine bag into your FV, rinse out the bag with water, you want all that grape juice

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Top up to the level your instructions say, in my case that was 24L you want to test your temperature part way, you are aiming for 18-20 °c use some warm water if needed. My tap water is fine so i don`t need to treat it

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Once topped up, give it a good stir to mix all that lovely grape juice and water. Take a sample and test your original gravity (OG)

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Add the contents that the instructions have told you to add

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Pitch your yeast

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Sit back and relax, let your yeasties do their thing, eating sugar and making alcohol

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After 24-48 hours

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You will then see the Kräusen forming

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This will then dissipate and leave a ring round your FV

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After another week I tested the SG 1st pic is from my refractometer. Still a little bit to go reading of 0.998

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Once fermentation is over it`s time to degas and add stabiliser

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Add the finings as directed in instructions

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After clearing is bottling day. sanitise your bottles

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I use milk crates to for the bottle, siphon tube and little bottler

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After filling it`s time to cork, I use a floor corker but there are other options

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Time to label and shrink cap your bottles, (the eagle eyed will notice the labels are from a different kit, lost my pics for this kit Dho)

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I use a paint remover heat gun to shrink cap

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Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 09:16
by mark1964
well done a nice guide :clap:

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 09:17
by GAZ9053
Cheers :cheers: will update later.

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 17:24
by Oldstunty
Missed this how to, must be going blind.
Bang on, Gaz, keep us updated on the brew length and bottling regime. :cheers:

Cheers,

Jon.

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 18:13
by GAZ9053
Will do Jon. Cheers

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 19:33
by Thegoldenheap
I posted earlier wondering if anyone has done a Sadlers, you will have to let us all know how this turns out. .?. Great how to also

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 19:59
by GAZ9053
Thegoldenheap wrote:I posted earlier wondering if anyone has done a Sadlers, you will have to let us all know how this turns out. .?. Great how to also

:cheers: :cheers:
my second castello first one is a nice full bodied red.

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 20:04
by Thegoldenheap
GAZ9053 wrote:
Thegoldenheap wrote:I posted earlier wondering if anyone has done a Sadlers, you will have to let us all know how this turns out. .?. Great how to also

:cheers: :cheers:
my second castello first one is a nice full bodied red.


Where did you get it best price I can find is £56? The chateau du Roi Beaverdale us a good drop !

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 21:12
by GAZ9053
I paid £56 for mine from lhbs, hey look we can use £ here :rofl: I think they are a bit dearer due to small company based in the uk, but by the sounds of it they still have a high shipping cost probably due to not shipping the bulk size yet to get big discounts. but they do say that their kits will do 30 bottles as you top up to 24L with water.

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sun Apr 27, 2014 21:22
by Thegoldenheap
Love the £ sign better then $ !! :rofl:

Not got 30 bottles yet out the three kits I've done! I will get one ordered and give it a go! Many thanks

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 19:36
by GAZ9053
Quick update to main body

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 19:59
by Springer
That is a good guide guide Gaz :D
Not a wine brewer these days, had a stock of over 400 bottles at one time, did a lot of the fancy kits but Mrs. S always turned her nose up, don't know why. :cry:
:hmm: I recon there are still quite a lot left in my mates cellar, :hmm:
S

How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 20:01
by GAZ9053
I think you need to check that out then S. Be updated again later. Cheers. Mrs gaz9053 enjoys em all :D

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 14:39
by GAZ9053
Updated

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 14:56
by krazypara3165
Spot on!

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 14:57
by GAZ9053
krazypara3165 wrote:Spot on!


Cheers :thumb:

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 15:01
by Chippy_Tea
Great guide Gaz, love the near clear FV, might have a look for one of those. :thumb:

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 15:18
by GAZ9053
Chippy_Tea wrote:Great guide Gaz, love the near clear FV, might have a look for one of those. :thumb:


It`s a coopers FV I got it from here but not sure if they have them at the moment :( :( and Cheers :thumb:

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 15:55
by Quensabob
Great How to thanks for posting!

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Sat May 24, 2014 15:56
by GAZ9053
Quensabob wrote:Great How to thanks for posting!


Cheers and not a problem glad you like it :thumb:

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Mon Oct 23, 2017 22:47
by gregles
That is a great how to Gaz :hat:

Just one question did you rack off the lees into a secondary fermenter before degassing and clearing?

Greg

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 06:09
by GAZ9053
I did Greg. Yes.

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2017 22:53
by gregles
Cheers Gaz. After tasting your kit wine there is obviously no probs with oxidation in secondary :thumb:

Re: How to make a kit wine

PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 18:26
by GAZ9053
No Greg, it isn't in secondary long enough. I don't bulk age due to limitation of space. And Anita drinks it too quick