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Old 02-04-2011, 01:31 AM   #1
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Default How do kit wines stack up against store bought wines?

Thank you to the guys that responded in my other thread. Now I have a different question that is more about the quality of wine. How do the kits stack up against commercial wine? Someone on BA suggested that you won't be making high quality wine with kits because they are not fresh enough. What is your experience with them? Are kits kind of the "no boil home brew kits" of wine making?

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Old 02-04-2011, 01:40 AM   #2
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i've made a couple of kits. they went over very well. they won't compare to the $100 a bottle stuff, of course, but they will hold up to bottles way more expensive than what the kits cost

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Old 02-04-2011, 02:17 AM   #3
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My fruit wines stacks up great. Costs me about 2.00 bucks a bottle that is far superior to 12.00 winery grade blackberry wine. That goes for all my fruit wine.

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Old 02-05-2011, 10:36 PM   #4
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The thing that kills me on the kit wines is the shipping. Ordered 15 gal in 5 gal pails and it cost me 145.00 in shipping. So when I get my fresh blackberries, like Jarret said I can make it for about 1.20 a bottle as I barter with the Farmer for the berries....

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I've made a Brunello that doesn't compare to a $300 Brunello. It is very good, though.

I've made Pino Noirs that are every bit as good as $15 Pinos.

I've made Merlots that suck, but still better than Barefoot (My wifes personal fav).

I've just finished a Cab Franc that, even though young, tastes as good as $30 bordeaux.

Mist kits are way better than commercial mist wines.

It depends on how well you work with the ingredients.

To say that kits aren't "fresh" enough, you do realize that wines are not supposed to be fresh except for Beaujolais nouveau.

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Old 02-06-2011, 05:59 PM   #6
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The kits can make wine that is on par with the quality of wine 3-4x the retail cost of the kit. Like homebrewing beer, a lot of the quality depends on the quality of your process. If your sanitation is perfect, your handling practices are good, and you properly clear and age your wine before drinking, the kits are an outstanding value.

Check around your local area. If there are on-premise wineries where make your own custom wine, they are almost certainly producing wine with the kits, so you can stop in and buy a few bottles to try yourself before you commit to a batch.

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Old 02-06-2011, 06:17 PM   #7
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My parents have been making wine for about a year and they have done some that are quick and you can drink them as soon as you bottle and some that have to age for a year.

I haven't tasted one they've done that I didn't like. $3/bottle or less for win you like beats paying whatever the liquor stores are charging every day of the week.

They just started opening some bottles that go for $40-$60/bottle at the liquor store and the kit was less than $100.

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Old 02-07-2011, 04:22 PM   #8
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Thanks guys. I went ahead and ordered the equipment that I need. You guys were a big help.
P.s- for those of you that mentioned shipping costs, brewmasterswarehouse.com has flat rate shipping which includes their wine kits.

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If you go more than $100 on an order at Austin Homebrew shipping is free. One wine kit and corks will typically put you over that price limit.

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I agree with all that is said here about the kits, plus one other thing. I got fruit+grape wine kits -like a green apple rieseling. I couldn't have found such a bottle at my local wine seller. So in that sense what I made can't be compared to the store wines, except to say I like them as much as anything I'd bought.

So a little bit of that is like beer, if you want a Honey Belgium Wit, you've got to make it yourself, if you want a passable pale american lager, the store has tons of them.

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