Originally posted 06-05-2013
This was my second Solomon Grundy 6 bottle 7 day kit, i tried the medium sweet white first (my first ever home brew) and although drinkable it lacked taste in fact it was impossible to describe the taste.
My wife likes Rose wine so I decided to give the Solomon Grundy Rose kit a try, the instructions were easy to follow (see below) and the end result was very pleasant, the taste is that of a fruity rich rose and is very drinkable my wife likes the taste and also because it is slightly dry, I normally drink medium sweet white wine so it was a little on the dry side for me so i back sweetened (see instructions below) one of the 2 litre bottles i racked into by adding 3 teaspoons of sugar and that did the trick, i liked it so much i bought a 25 litre fermenting bucket and have just finished a 30 bottle Solomon Grundy Rose kit, i now have a great tasting Rose that works out at less than £1 a bottle.
If you decide to try this kit bear in mind the instructions are a little optimistic on time unless you have a heat pad or belt, the first kit (7 day kit) took 7 days to ferment to 995 and 2 to clear, this was probably because my kitchen was below 20c when the central heating was not on , i read in the forums the longer it takes the better it tastes so i was happy to wait an extra day or two
The 30 bottle kit was a different beast i assume because my kitchen was at 20c most of the time, it was so vigorous it nearly emptied the air lock on day 2 (i have a 25L bucket with a hole in the lid for an air lock) and it fermented to 995 in 5 days, i gave it an extra day to clear so it took 8 days, the end result was as good as the first kit, it is not going to get much time to mature.
One think to bear in mind if you like the 6 bottle kit and decide to try the 30 bottle kit is that the instructions differ when it comes to adding stabiliser e.t.c. for the 30 bottle kit you have to do it over a period of 2 hours as it is done in stages.
The instructions below are for the 6 bottle 7 day kit.
Instructions for the 30 bottle 7 day kit are here - http://www.the-home-brew-shop.co.uk/aca
Using a plastic funnel (if possible) pour 2 Litres (3 1/2 pints) of cold water, between
600gm (21oz) and 770g (27oz) of sugar (using 600gms will produce 10.5% Alcohol by
Volume, 770gms will produce 12.5% Alcohol by Volume) and the large container of
concentrate into a clean fermenting container. Then add 1.2 Litres (2 pints) of hot (not
boiling) water and shake the fermenting container until the sugar is fully dissolved.
Top up to 4.6 Litres (just over 1 gallon) with cold water, then add the sachets of WINE
YEAST, ACID REGULATOR and NUTRIENT. Shake well then fit bung and airlock (half
fill with cold water). Transfer the fermenting container somewhere warm between 21-26Âº
C (70-79Âº F) to ferment. Fermentation will be complete in 5 days providing the correct
temperature is maintained.
What to do at the end of fermentation
You must have a hydrometer if you want to make your wine in 7 days. If the hydrometer
reads below 995 then add the sachet of STABILISER (this will give off gas - do not
inhale). If making the Medium Sweet White table wine you should also add the
Shake vigorously several times over the next two hours. This will remove all the carbon
dioxide gases which are present in the wine. This should be done for several minutes at
a time. Once degassed add the ADD BACK sachet. Shake well. Now add the
KIESELSOL sachet and shake for 10 seconds then leave to stand for 12-24 hours.
What to do 12-24 hours later
Add the sachet of CHITOSAN, swirl the fermentation container gently for 10 seconds.
Now leave somewhere cool to clear, this will normally take 1-2 days but wait until
completely bright before continuing otherwise a slight sediment may settle in your bottles.
What to do when your wine is completely bright
Carefully syphon the clear wine into another clean demijohn or container, taking care not
to disturb the sediment.