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Old 16-02-2014, 06:57 PM   #21
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Default Re: The Range "Make your own" Rosť

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For what its worth, i think this kit is brilliant.
Do you add the extra sugar recommended in the instructions after stabilising? i didn't as when i tasted it it tasted sweet enough.


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Update.

I have made this kit regularly since the first in my OP, i still think it is brilliant value for money, i am sure that one of the members said it is a good kit re-branded with the range logo, i can believe it as i have made dearer kits that are no where near as good as this.


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Just spotted these kits, if I wanted something a bit stronger do you think it would be OK to increase the sugar or reduce the water to get to something around 13 =14% ?
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Just spotted these kits, if I wanted something a bit stronger do you think it would be OK to increase the sugar or reduce the water to get to something around 13 =14% ?
I took a reading with my hydrometer when i first made one of these kits and it read 1090 which if you let it ferment dry will give you 13.5% so no need to add more sugar or reduce the water.

If you haven't read the thread from the beginning bear this in mind -

The instructions tell you to add 750g of sugar to back sweeten after you have stabilised and degassed it, i decided to leave it dry as Mrs Tea doesn't like sweet wine and i am glad i did it would have been sickly sweet if i had followed the instructions, i never back sweeten as i find it fine without the extra sugar.
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Nice one, might be tempted to get one to build stock levels up while I play around with the WOW and country wines. Just been round to the wives mothers to pick up her birthday present, she must have heard we had started making wine again. She has just been given two Wilko's kits

Have four more DJ's so can get another three going now
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Thats what I do get a stock of this in the cupboard while I wait for my wows to finish.
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I bottled mine today on day 14.
Slightly cloudy, but I did it the lazy way through the tap on the bottom of the FV.

Always some yeast around the tap, I suppose, and I know from experience that it is unlikely to last long enough to be much of an issue. Tastes slightly astringent at first, as C-T says, but it reminds me very much of the old Boots 3-Week wine kits. I used to do the Dry White from choice and everyone who tasted it thought it was good. (Anyone else on here remember Boots 3-week Dry White?).

I think this will be a decent wine in fairly short order. Might even try back-sweetening with a Vimto / Ribena / Summer Fruits cordial, although I am not convinced it will need anything.

SWMBO had a sniff and and a taste, whilst I was bottling. She didn't like it, pehaps due to the fact it's 2 weeks from pitching and at 18 deg C to boot, but said it "wasn't horrible". She seemed a bit horrified by how quickly I had assembled 18 empty Pinot Grigio bottles, all emptied by the Dear Wife (as they say on Mumsnet)

The rest had to go into PET botlles that formerly contained lemonade or some such, about which she was most disparaging.
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The rest had to go into PET bottles that formerly contained lemonade or some such, about which she was most disparaging.
One advantage of using plastic over glass is plastic speeds up the ageing process as they are permeable to air, they are not so good if you intend to age your wine over a long period.
As you have already said the wine is a bit rough when new, give it a week or two in plastic bottles and you will notice the difference.
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The rest had to go into PET bottles that formerly contained lemonade or some such, about which she was most disparaging.
One advantage of using plastic over glass is plastic speeds up the ageing process as they are permeable to air, they are not so good if you intend to age your wine over a long period.
As you have already said the wine is a bit rough when new, give it a week or two in plastic bottles and you will notice the difference.
Nice one, Chippy Ageing over a long period is not really happening. When it turns out OK, I think there will be some interest at home. As has been pointed out, at 20% fruit content, it ain't going anywhere better, even in a bottle, after a few weeks.

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Default Second batch - with Blackberries

There is still one bottle of the 27 or so I got out of the first kit.
It's a very good, workmanlike kit that does its job - at less than £1 a bottle at 11.5 - 12% range its a good bet.

Over the last couple of weeks, I picked 2.4kg of blackberries and froze them. Yesterday, I defrosted the berries in the microwave (to zap micro-organisms) and added boiling water to a Pasteurisation temp at 50 - 60 C in a large pot. Left to cool and added campden tablet and pectolase to leave overnight.

Managed to strain the juice through a hop bag wrapped around a sieve, perched in a collander, into a FV containing 4kg of sugar dissolved in boiling water. This was less messy than I feared. Used a ladle to get the juice from the 15L pan to the FV via the sieve set-up.

Topped up to 25.5L and pitched the yeast at 25C.

On the experience of the first batch, I am planning to rack this before de-gassing (due to the little bits of blackberry stuff that will have gone through the sieving) and adding the stabiliser and finings. I also intend to add a concentrated cordial of blackcurrant juice (750ml) at the racking and stabilising stage, instead of back-sweetening with sugar.

Incidentally, there are more raspberry beetle grubs this year, following a great blackberry season last year. Don't suppose they will drink much, though.


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