Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Wine Making Forum > Quick, easy, inexpensive pinot for first time winemaker (but veteran homebrewer)
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
alfista
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 181
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default Quick, easy, inexpensive pinot for first time winemaker (but veteran homebrewer)

Hi all,

I have a friend who I can't get to drink beer, but she loves white wine and is not super picky about quality.

Can anyone recommend a good quick, easy, inexpensive recipe/kit that I could find online and would be drinkable young? I would also like to serve out of my kegerator and can control pressure independently for the one tap. I have a 54L demijohn to dedicate to the task.

Cheers!

Jason

I

Ideall


alfista is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 66,081
Liked 6247 Times on 4452 Posts
Likes Given: 1686

Default

The most inexpensive ones I know of (that are still pretty good!) are the Winexpert kits. They are about $60 or so in most homebrew shops. They aren't fine wine, but they make decent wine. All wine kits make 6 US gallons, so you need a 6 gallon carboy.


__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
alfista
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 181
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yooper View Post
The most inexpensive ones I know of (that are still pretty good!) are the Winexpert kits. They are about $60 or so in most homebrew shops. They aren't fine wine, but they make decent wine. All wine kits make 6 US gallons, so you need a 6 gallon carboy.
Thanks Yooper - I'll give that a try. I have a few 6g carboys but I assume I can use the 14g demijohn, or maybe I'll just double the batch size.
alfista is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 04:26 PM   #4
ArrogantDusty
Feedback Score: 4 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: St Louis, Missouri
Posts: 171
Liked 22 Times on 13 Posts
Likes Given: 32

Default

+1 on the Winexpert kits. I have a neighbor who used them for a long time.
__________________
"I have your car towed all the way to your house and all you got for me is lite beer?" ~Biff
ArrogantDusty is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2012, 05:46 PM   #5
tjdavid
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: New Berlin, WI
Posts: 5
Default

Respects to Yooper, but I've found that the lower end WinExpert kits turn out better when made as a 5 gallon batch, instead of 6 gallons.

Also, some minor tweeks will help you to make even lower end kits taste better.
1) If oak dust is provided, think about ditching that for oak cubes or adding the cubes in addition to the dust.
2) Test the acidity of the wine. Adding tartaric acid, as needed, will give you a better tasting wine with a longer shelf life.
3) Don't be afraid to let your wine age in the carboy for longer than the instructions tell you to.
Try these instructions from Tim Vandergrist of WinExpert:
http://www.winemakermag.com/componen...article/26/850

Enjoy!


tjdavid is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools



Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS