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Old 11-15-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Could anyone help me please, im new to this but really want to get into it! Ive bought a starter kit which tells me its all the equipment i need but as for ingredients and sterile tablets and stuff im a bit of a novice. Any tips would be much appreciated! Thanks



 
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:58 PM   #2
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Could you start off by telling us what it is that you have in the kit exactly?

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Old 11-15-2011, 02:12 PM   #3
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Yeah, i have a 10ltr bucket and lid
1 glass demijohn / Dama jar
1 bubbler airlock and bored bung
1 Stevenson Reeve Hydrometer
1 Thermometer
1 syphon tube
2 Muslin bags for straining the must
100gms of cleaning/sterilising solution

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:30 PM   #4
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I'll prolly get beat up by all the recipe junkies out there but start with some non pre-hopped pre-made extract kits untill you get your process and some techniques down.. Then go from there Use this site and its search feature to its fullest extent!!
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:06 PM   #5
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Is that for making wine? Thought id start with wine then move onto the ale!

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:19 PM   #6
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Is that for making wine? Thought id start with wine then move onto the ale!
You can take it for both.... there are alot of great wine kits out there too.. A little on the pricy side but should do the trick for you... Might be some added expense for sorbate, conditioner ect!!
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Old 11-15-2011, 03:20 PM   #7
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Sorry for sounding dumb but what extras i.e sorbet, nutrients, yeast, do i need?

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 04:56 PM   #8
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Sorry for sounding dumb but what extras i.e sorbet, nutrients, yeast, do i need?
What kind of wine do you wish to make? If you're starting with a kit wine, they have everything you need in the box. If you want to start by using fruits or juices on your own, check out some of the recipes I have posted. Everything you need will be in the recipe. (The recipes are under my "recipe" pulldown under my avatar).

For equipment, you want to match your batch size to your demijohn or carboy. So, if you have a 23L demijohn, you should make a 23L batch.
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Old 11-15-2011, 09:28 PM   #9
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Im just going to start with a red merlot and go from there, once i understand the process i should be ok, its just starting out thats the hard part!

 
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:07 PM   #10
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I started with fruit wines. My elderberry has actually turned out great. It'll be amazing in a few months time.

I think making a kit wine can be beneficial to the learning process. Just remember - patience is key!!

Let us know how you get on.

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