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So I've been homebrewing for a couple years and am thinking about getting some wine going as i do like a glass here and there especially with meals. I have all the equipment I need other than wine bottles and corks. Can I bottle wine in beer bottles and cap them rather than cork?
 

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So I've been homebrewing for a couple years and am thinking about getting some wine going as i do like a glass here and there especially with meals. I have all the equipment I need other than wine bottles and corks. Can I bottle wine in beer bottles and cap them rather than cork?
Yes, you can do that.

The only thing I needed, besides a corker, to make wine kits was my brewing gear plus a 6 gallon carboy. I didn't have a 6 gallon carboy when I got my first wine kit, so I had to buy one. But everything else, like siphon tubing and airlocks, is the same and you shouldn't need anything if you'll be bottling in beer bottles.
 
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Cool. I'm thinking about trying your welches grape juice recipe as it seems fairly cheap and easy to start. Any other cheap and easy recipes?
 

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Cool. I'm thinking about trying your welches grape juice recipe as it seems fairly cheap and easy to start. Any other cheap and easy recipes?
Hmm, I think the apple juice recipe is really good for a beginner and it makes a nice white wine.

Fruit wines don't taste like traditional commercial wines, though. They are good, but they don't have anything in common with a bottle of wine that you'd buy at the store so if you want something like that with dinner you may want to consider making a wine kit. The thing is, most kits make 6 gallons of wine and that's a lot for non-winos!
 
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I have made a hard sparkling cider from apple juice based off a brewing tv recipe and it came out pretty good but I wish I would have back sweetened because its too dry for my tastes and the ~3vols of carbonation doesn't help. I may give your grape juice recipe a go, then make a wine kit so I can compare. Thanks !
 
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