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Old 04-14-2007, 07:07 PM   #11
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I made a wineXperts kit this past winter and it was extremely simple. Just followed the instructions and it turned out great.
I've got a feeling that if you want to make very good wine from grapes it is much more difficult than beer. I've done some reading and it seems pretty difficult to me.

I like doing both because wine takes months to years before it's ready. I can brew lots of beer between wine batches and consume them within 5 or 6 weeks.

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Old 04-14-2007, 07:49 PM   #12
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The wine kits are great. I have made wine with an "old school" Italian friend of mine straight from grapes (Barbera and Zinfandel) The wine was ok, but no better than the kit was. I also do not think it was worth the additional work. The cost was not any better for all the extra work, as grapes are a bit more than 22.00 a case.

One thing I am wondering is anyone using the kits from Winexpert. Has anyone attempted to boost the ABV?

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Old 04-14-2007, 08:05 PM   #13
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I just put a WinExpert Vintner's Reserve kit into primary this past Sunday. It's a Pinot Blanc. It was very simple, but the directions (and everything else I've read) warn not to try to make the wine any stronger (dilute as directed) -- not sure if you could adjunct it with sugar/dextrose, good question.

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Old 04-14-2007, 08:37 PM   #14
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I think the WE kits (and other wine kits) have an ABV of around 13%. Any less and you risk infection, any more and you'd be making rocket fuel that would take forever to age out. Anything more than 14% would be way too "hot" for a couple of years. I wouldn't mess with a kit just to boost ABV.

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Old 04-14-2007, 09:00 PM   #15
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Hmmm...Didn't realize it was that high....Just thought it might be fun to stray a little and personalize it a bit

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