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Old 08-08-2016, 04:17 AM   #11
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I don't do many kits but was given a "6 bottle" of this. Bottled 5 today after following the destructions to the letter and drank the clear leftovers. OMG, it's like alco ribena! This one will go to the very back and be left for as long as possible.


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Old 21-10-2016, 08:17 AM   #12
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I have one of these on the go at moment, tasted just like you describe after 10 days. Will update in 3 weeks.


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Old 21-10-2016, 04:35 PM   #13
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I tried one bottle a couple of weeks ago, reasonably light but does have a definite spiced kick to it, worth doing i think for the variety.
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Old 09-11-2016, 03:31 PM   #14
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I have one of these on the go at moment, tasted just like you describe after 10 days. Will update in 3 weeks.
eagerly awaiting your update on this.
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Old 09-11-2016, 04:11 PM   #15
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Well - it was easy to make. But when it was being bottled it (3L bags) it smelled horrible - as I said elsewhere - overtones of underpants.

So I was at a pretty low ebb tbh.

1 week in shed later however (it's what 8c there these days?) and that awful smell is gone - tasted the wine and it appears to be an actual drinkable red.

Given that I have thrown out a cellar 7 kit (added water) and a sol grundy one (had only .5 L of stuff with it and tastes of pi$$, vinegar, and chemicals), and screwed up a fresh elderberry 30 bottle WoW (tastes of Benelyn) this was last chance saloon for a proper wine. [Not to mention I also poured out 30L of WoW which refused to ferment with Young's standard yeast ....]

So yeah I am relieved, will probably try a glass or two from it tomorrow night and report back.

Having downscaled a bit I have a 1L AJ/ 1L RGJ/ 1 bottle lowicz strawberry I am just tending to now - this one refused to go past 1001 or so after 2 weeks but I will see what it is like. Brewing in a ferm fridge at about 22c btw. Using 5L PETs at moment and how crap are those .... hoping Santy will bring me some glass ones....
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Old 09-11-2016, 04:19 PM   #16
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Well - it was easy to make. But when it was being bottled it (3L bags) it smelled horrible - as I said elsewhere - overtones of underpants.

So I was at a pretty low ebb tbh.

1 week in shed later however (it's what 8c there these days?) and that awful smell is gone - tasted the wine and it appears to be an actual drinkable red.

Given that I have thrown out a cellar 7 kit (added water) and a sol grundy one (had only .5 L of stuff with it and tastes of pi$$, vinegar, and chemicals), and screwed up a fresh elderberry 30 bottle WoW (tastes of Benelyn) this was last chance saloon for a proper wine. [Not to mention I also poured out 30L of WoW which refused to ferment with Young's standard yeast ....]

So yeah I am relieved, will probably try a glass or two from it tomorrow night and report back.

Having downscaled a bit I have a 1L AJ/ 1L RGJ/ 1 bottle lowicz strawberry I am just tending to now - this one refused to go past 1001 or so after 2 weeks but I will see what it is like. Brewing in a ferm fridge at about 22c btw. Using 5L PETs at moment and how crap are those .... hoping Santy will bring me some glass ones....
Thanks Dublin. To be honest I couldn't wait and have ordered a CC Pinot Noir whilst it is still on offer. As you know I had concerns about the Kenridge one as it went from good to iffy then back to good again.

I have a 5 gal glass carboy. Nice item but remember these boys are heavy. Get the bolt on handle with it and plan your stages to minimise moving it about. I think the best deal I got at the time wit other bits was from Brewbitz
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Old 09-11-2016, 04:22 PM   #17
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The 5L PETs I am using are these ! (Not a patch on the canadian 11 and 23 L ones)

You cannot lift those glass ones just with that handle when they are full afaik - can break - perhaps check.
I have brewhauler straps - v handy. Had to get from USA though.
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Apologies I misread your post. You said 5l , I meant 5 gallon glass and this handle.
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Like the look of the Brew Hauler though.
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