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Old 12-06-2008, 02:39 PM   #1
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Hi,
A question about wine making from someone completely ignorant of the process.
I currently brew beer from canned Cooper's kits.
Lazy, I know but it fits my schedule.
The women in my life, wife, (can someone decode SWMBO ?) freinds wives,
daughter etc. all know I brew my own beer. Some have even been brave enough to try it...
The question they ask most is "Hey Joe, can you make White Zin for us" ?
My answer is DUH......

So is it do-able on a small scale with some additional equipment ?
Joe

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Old 12-06-2008, 03:23 PM   #2
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I drink mostly beer but brewing beer seemed much more complicated so I started with wine. I have used mostly kit wine kits (mostly reds). I did brew a wine call Passion Fruit Zin for my wife and she loves it. I used an Island Mist kit and added about 12lbs of table sugar. The kits make about 6 gallons of wine.

If you have a 5 gallon carboy you should still be fine. The process is not more complicated for the kits. I've made a couple of batches from fruit and that is more time consuming.

Looking back on it, I would have probably started with the apfelwein first. Just do a search and you will pull up about 1 million posts on apfelwein

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Old 12-06-2008, 03:51 PM   #3
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Kb, go for a wine kit. They are quite straight forward and easy. Just follow the directions exactly and you will have a pretty good wine, cheaply, and quickly. Wine kits are balanced in flavor and alcohol, plus they are designed to ferment quickly and be ready to drink pretty quick too. You can get either ingredient or full kits, but if you brew beer you most likely have most of the equipment you need already.

The island mist kits should be decently sweet and average on abv. Should be a good kit to try, although there are tons out there. So look around and see what intrigues you.

And buck, you added 12 lbs of sugar? How much did that boost the alcohol percentage? That's a lot of sugar haha

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Old 12-06-2008, 06:17 PM   #4
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You will be amazed at how easy the kits are to make. Just don't tell anyone how easy they are and your wife and friends will be so impressed.

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Old 12-06-2008, 08:17 PM   #5
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[quote=Tusch;994439 Wine kits are balanced in flavor and alcohol....

haha[/quote]

Gee, I need a new recipe. The only thing I know about balance in my fruit wines has been that after I drink some, I don't have any.

But also, from my short experience, any wine is easier to brew than any beer.

And, like beer, making good stuff is pretty much a sure thing. It is trying to adjust a particular nuance that gets hard. Good Stuff is my ideal, even if it does burn the hairs out of my nostrils.

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Old 12-07-2008, 05:07 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info, I'll go ahead and order an ingredient kit.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:22 PM   #7
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OK,
I'm not COMPLETELY computer illiterate, but I still can't figure out SWMBO when referencing "the wife"
Some body throw me a bone here.....
Joe

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Old 12-07-2008, 08:25 PM   #8
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We have a search function here at the forum. You can search for SWMBO or even acronyms. That's all I can help, sorry!

I was just thinking- Richbrewer made a white zinfandel kit a year or two ago, and sent me a bottle. I'm NOT a white zin fan at all but it was very good if you like those kinds of wines. I'll see if I can dig up the thread on that. It was slightly sweet, and a nice blush/rose color.

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Here's the kind of kit Richbrewer made: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f25/ill-...ne-soon-18335/

Like I said, it turned out really well and I appreciated a sample. If your wife likes white zin, she'll love this kit.

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SWMBO = 'She Who Must Be Obeyed.' You know what it's talking about...

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