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adm5087 01-07-2013 01:13 AM

Grape wine from...
 
I am new to wine making and I want to find a happy medium between kit wine processes and stemming and seeding grapes. Would that be using concentrates? And if so, where do I find good/quality ones (I. e. not Wal-Mart frozen cans) sorry for my prudence, still learning! Thanks!

novalou 01-07-2013 01:16 AM

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Originally Posted by adm5087
I am new to wine making and I want to find a happy medium between kit wine processes and stemming and seeding grapes. Would that be using concentrates? And if so, where do I find good/quality ones (I. e. not Wal-Mart frozen cans) sorry for my prudence, still learning! Thanks!

A kit is a form of wine making from concentrates.

I think you'd be happy with wine from fresh juice. It is available from local wineries or your local brew supply store may carry it.

adm5087 01-07-2013 01:19 AM

That's what I think I am looking for. I want something with a bit of challenge, not just a cookie cutter approach.

WilliamSlayer 01-08-2013 02:35 PM

For a more 'hands on' experience than the wine kits, a pail of juice is the way to go. You should be able to get it @ your LHBS, or they can give you a local source. Be prepared to purchase all the other needed ingredients and weigh/measure them yourself! A good digital scale makes a world of difference.

adm5087 01-09-2013 06:14 PM

Thanks for the idea. I talked to my LHBS today, he does a juice order in spring, which I will take him up on thanks to your tip.

Sammyk 01-09-2013 10:26 PM

I have made white grape/peach and white grape/ red raspberry from frozen juice in the grocery. Just picked up Cranberry/pomegranate and blueberry today on a buy one get one free for $5.79 for 2 bottles that are 101 oz each.

novalou 01-09-2013 10:58 PM

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Originally Posted by adm5087
Thanks for the idea. I talked to my LHBS today, he does a juice order in spring, which I will take him up on thanks to your tip.

Remember, even if the supplier claims the juice was adjusted for sugar and acid, do your own tests. Also, some pails ferment in transit, so watch for freshness.

WilliamSlayer 01-10-2013 10:32 AM

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Originally Posted by novalou (Post 4767273)

Remember, even if the supplier claims the juice was adjusted for sugar and acid, do your own tests. Also, some pails ferment in transit, so watch for freshness.

+1

Good tip Nova.

adm5087 01-13-2013 01:51 AM

Just got my first starter kit today, and starting tomorrow. Thanks for all the feedback, it's why I love this forum.

adm5087 01-20-2013 11:09 PM

Ok maybe I'm missing something here, sorry if this is a stupid question. We bought a Winexpert Pinot G. kit and everything seems to be going well. But I am confused, it says to allow the wine to ferment down to .996 SG which I understood to be a dry wine? We were anticipating/hoping this being a sweet wine.... Did we just assume wrong? Or am I missing something? Help appreciated!


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