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Old 09-08-2010, 03:37 PM   #1
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Default Beer brewer with no wine making experience...help

I've been brewing beer for quite a while with excellent results, and I'd love to make some wine for my wife and family members.

In my experience, the beer kits you can get from Northern Brewer, Austin Home Brew Supply, etc, are all excellent.

Is the same true for wine kits from places such as NB?

For what it's worth, my wifes (current) favorite wine is the Coppola Chardonnay and I'd love to be able to make something similar for her. I just really have no idea where to start in the wine making area.

Any suggestions would be great.

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Old 09-08-2010, 03:54 PM   #2
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Ive made a few of the vitners reservre chardonnay wine kits and they turned out really well. Just keep in mind that those kits make a 6-6.5 gallon batch and that you will need a 7.9 gal fermenter and a 6gal glass carboy. Also I would reccomend one of those drill attachment stir/degassing rods.

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There is less room for divergence from the directions that come with wine kits vs. beer kits. On the other hand, it only takes me about 30 minutes to start a batch of wine compared to beer.

I highly recommend that you start with a cheap kit to get your feet wet. They don't make great wines but you don't want to spend $150 on a kit and mess it up.

On the other hand, the island mist wines are cheap and they make for great summer drinking. However, you need to temper your expectations because they are "fruit wines" not "normal" wines.

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Old 09-08-2010, 05:16 PM   #4
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I highly recommend that you start with a cheap kit to get your feet wet. They don't make great wines but you don't want to spend $150 on a kit and mess it up.
I'm not sure how I feel about this.

I think I would rather spend $150 on a kit, given the chance to make an excellent wine, and run the risk of ruining it, rather than spend $40 (?) and have it go well, but be undrinkable anyways...
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The kits a foolproof. Easier to make than the beer. IMHO the Vintners Reserve kits are too light in body. Try making a Selection Chardonnay.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...roducts_id=684

Only $3.67 a bottle. Free shipping.

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I am feeling good today. 462studio, if you buy the kit from me and you "ruin" it, (won't happen) I will replace the kit. Just follow the instructions.

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I am feeling good today. 462studio, if you buy the kit from me and you "ruin" it, (won't happen) I will replace the kit. Just follow the instructions.

Forrest
Haha; you are a wise, and kind man. I just might order that kit here soon, too. I've ordered several things from you before, and I've never been disappointed.
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Also, Forrest, what does that kit include? It doesn't seem to be itemized on the website. Just curious if I'll need yeast, corks, etc.

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Heck of a deal!!!

Don't pass it up.
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That's a REALLY good deal.

It IS possible to mess up pouring the juice into the fermenter... my wife will show you the red stain on the wall downstairs!

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