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Unferth 02-01-2013 06:53 PM

"Prestige" Cheapo wine kit
 
So, a good friend of mine got me a cheapo wine kit (Prestige Chianti--$45), because he knew I made wine and I guess it was on sale or something.

I normally would buy this,I've tried another cheapo kit (can't remember the brand) and was very displeased with the results.

but, hey, free is free, you know?

Any tried and true tricks to make this a better wine? There is very little juice, less than 2 gallons must to make a 6 gallon recipe. it comes with some powdered oak and, of course, Lalvin EC1118.

I'll take any and all suggestions

novalou 02-01-2013 07:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unferth
So, a good friend of mine got me a cheapo wine kit (Prestige Chianti--$45), because he knew I made wine and I guess it was on sale or something.

I normally would buy this,I've tried another cheapo kit (can't remember the brand) and was very displeased with the results.

but, hey, free is free, you know?

Any tried and true tricks to make this a better wine? There is very little juice, less than 2 gallons must to make a 6 gallon recipe. it comes with some powdered oak and, of course, Lalvin EC1118.

I'll take any and all suggestions

Add water to 5 gallons. Better flavor, won't taste so watered down.

oogaboogachiefwalkingdeer 02-01-2013 10:52 PM

Maybe cut down to five and and add some concentrated juice instead of just water. Mike

Unferth 02-02-2013 03:51 AM

So adding a different kind of juice wouldn't throw off the taste too much?

DoctorCAD 02-02-2013 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Unferth (Post 4855369)
So adding a different kind of juice wouldn't throw off the taste too much?

Yes it will, but chianti is a blend already.


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