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Old 03-27-2012, 02:44 AM   #1
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I am a beer brewer and my wife is a wine drinker. We would like to try our hand(s) at a batch of wine. She would like to make a blackberry or raspberry, or mixed berry wine.

I have 2 questions at this point.

(1) can anyone recommend a good research or tutorial book or website that will help me through the process, and
(2) can anyone recommend a good kit for this type of wine?

I appreciate your help and input.

Steve

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:49 AM   #2
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I love making wine, been doing it for years before I got into brewing. My suggestion is work with a couple of the kits first to wrap your head around the process.

If you really like the sweet berry I would go with the WinExpert Pom Zinf kit. It's cheap, easy to make, and will be ready for those summer patio drinking days.

Once you've got a few kits under your belt then go for making wine from berries/fruits. Once you do you'll really want to spend a few days reading Jack Keller's Wine Blog. http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/

I make my yearly run to the pick-your-own farms for strawberries, blackberries, cherries and blueberries. Each of those make fabulous wines. Just remember one thing: If you think brewing beer takes patience wine requires that level 10 fold. Those berry wines don't become drinkable until about 1 year, and really come in to their own around 2-3 years.

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Old 03-27-2012, 05:10 AM   #3
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Look for the author Terry Garey. The art of home wine making Is the book. It's a great fruit wine starter level book. She doesn't over complicate things and it has a ton of recipes.

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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Thank you both for your help.

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Old 03-27-2012, 08:22 PM   #5
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Why not just look up a recipe here on this site and go from there.

Wine can be that simple, to start. As you get more into it, then you can move to a "DIY" wine book.

IMO, I think the process needs to be honed before the recipe gets tweaked.

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Old 03-27-2012, 08:47 PM   #6
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The Wine expert kits are the way to go based on what you've described. there are 6-8 different fruity flavors. The instructions are easy to follow and they are ready to drink in about a month. over the years I've made all of them and the Pom Zin and Green Apple Ries are the 2 that I get the most requests for (I give them as gifts a lot).

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Does wine need to be fermented in a glass carboy, or can I use a plastic fermenting bucket?
Also, I saw that someone recommended using 1/2 or 3/4 of the F-Pack and adding extra sugar. Does anyone else here recommend this?

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BTW, my previous post was in regard to Pin Sin.

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*Sin
There"ll be no sinning.

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*Zin

Stupid autocorrect.

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