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Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2015 21:36
What would I need to make a basic red wine from scratch? How much concentrate would I need to do a 6 gallon batch?
Re: Basic red
Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 00:16
My thoughts-as summer foraging will soon get into full swing with elderberries,blackberries & damsons to be had for free it might be worth considering a hedgerow wine. There are many great posts here about fruit wines ( I made GAs Elderberry port last year & that will turn into something rather lovely). I would also suggest you try a 4.5lt red wine kit. If you like a light red wine then the Beaverdale/ Cal Con kits are fairly inexpensive & perfectly acceptable.
In your shoes I think I would rather try making smaller batches of a few wines-be they kit,hedgerow or WOW & find something that I like rather than having 35+ bottles of something I might not enjoy. Also the experience & knowledge gained from making small batches is valuable.
I love red wine-plain & simple. I worked my way up in price range through kits until I found something I liked. If I were to have a kit house red it would be Selection Luna Rosa (think BrewUK have the best price)-but there is no way I would have paid that much for a kit without a lot of practise first.
I have a LE14 Triumph fermenting now,which in theory should be better than that.
If I am a good lad, for my birthday I am hoping for a Stags Leap Merlot kit-which frankly is ridiculous money for home brew.
On the other hand-an oaked blackberry wine is probably one of the nicest things I have made on the cheap-& is my house hedgerow red.
For other posts about good wine I would look at posts by Moley or Tony Hibbert-but there are many other excellent ones.
Re: Basic red
Posted: Wed Aug 05, 2015 09:38
I'd probably just go for a decent kit, although I'm not a regular wine brewer. I can +1 for country wine too, we brew an autumn fruit port every year around 18% and its marvellous. You need about 800g elderberries, 1L red grape juice, acid and yeast for a decent table red style.