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  1. Bootcutboy

    Struggling to get hold of some Yeast Nutrient, any household alternatives?

    Hi all, I am going to be making an elderflower sparkling wine and some Turbo Ciders this week, I do not have any yeast nutrient in though, I can’t get to a Wilko/boyes due to being stuck at home and I can’t find any online where delivery isn’t about a fiver! Is there anything else I can use...
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    Can I add different fruit/flavours in various demijohns to red wine brew kit please?

    Howdy folks, hope everyone is supping well and staying safe. I made a red wine kit a while back and am happy with the 30 bottles I have stored. I actually have a second one of the exact same kit to make ASAP as it is almost at its Best Before date. I don’t have another 30 empty bottles though...
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    Ideas and advice for different fruit/flavours to add to red wine brew kit please?

    Howdy folks, hope everyone is supping well and staying safe. I have a second 30bottle MYO red wine kit to start to make and because I don’t have another 30 empty bottles I am wanting to have a play about with flavour and rack it into 6 separate demijohns and then bottle later. My question is...
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    How to remove bits of Blackberry seeds from my brew please?

    Howdy all, a quick question that I Hope someone can help me with. I am making A cider kit and had some blackberries in the freezer which I have blitzed and blended and added when syphoning into another FV for secondary fermentation today, however even though I blended and blended there are still...
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    How long to leave cider kit to clear please?

    Hi all. As per attached pic of Magnum Strawberry Cider Kit I just noticed that the instructions State that after secondary fermentation has occurred “Then leave cool to clear”, bit vague, how long should I leave it to clear for and should it be primed and bottled before leaving to clear? I...
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    Should I juice or blend fruit for adding to secondary fermentation?

    Howdy all I have some blackberries and limes that I want to add to a cider kit at secondary fermentation Later today, I will be syphoning into another FV to get rid of the sediment before adding the fruit and popping back in the beer fridge. My question is Should I be straining and adding just...
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    Can I temporarily store my wine in demijohns rather than bottles???

    Hi all, I’m a total wine brewing novice and I have my first ever 30 bottle wine kit to bottle up tomorrow, I also scored lucky with an Amazon glitch and got 36 bottles of red for £20, AND I still have another 30 bottle red wine kit to make before it goes out of date in June. I never thought...
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    Recommendation for a better stirrer please???

    Howdy all, I have a couple of those cheap bendy long white plastic spoons (about £2ea) that I use to stir my brews but I find them awkward and flimsy, so I think I would like to upgrade. What would people suggest as the next best thing, still need it to be cheap or reasonably priced, about £10...
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    When and how to add chocolate to a red wine kit please?

    Howdy all! I have a “Make your own red wine” kit from the Range and I really want to add a “hint of chocolate” to it as it seems to be I like a lot of commercial reds with a taste of choc. Can anyone advise me whether I should used grated dark choc or cocoa powder, and what % of dark choc I...
  10. Bootcutboy

    How and when to add extra fruit flavours to cider kits please?

    Hi all, I’ve got a couple of Magnum Strawberry cider kits to make that I picked up cheap but all the reviews say that there is hardly any strawberry taste at all, The taste is mainly grape. So I want to add some extra fruit flavour to it but I have no idea whatsoever how to go about this other...
  11. Bootcutboy

    Best type of airlock/blow off for Make your own red wine kit

    Ok so I have a brew fridge set up and I’ve just brewed a batch of Wilko Cerveza lager without an airlock, I just used foil over the airlock hole. My next brew is a Make Your Own Red Wine kit from the Range and it is also my first ever wine brew. I have read up about the kit on here and it...
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    Do most people syphon into 2nd vessel and add Priming sugar in one go?

    Howdy all, I just got my first batch of Wilko Cerveza lager bottled up today, it came out at a lovely 5.25% as I only brewed to 20L. Anyway, my question is regarding the bottling process, do most people syphon into another vessel, leaving the sediment behind in the 1st tub or not bother...
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    FREE wine recipe Ebook for Kindle on Amazon

    I just came across and downloaded this totally free Ebook, got good reviews. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet but for nowt it’s got to be worth downloading. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00MALUCBO/ref=nodl_ Just thought I would share, Hope it is of use to some other members too!
  14. Bootcutboy

    Do I need to bottle Wilko Cerveza now or can it wait a few days?

    Hi all, just a quick question about my kit I am brewing. My Wilko Cerveza kit is now at a constant 1.005, is it best to bottle it ASAP or will it be ok to sit around in the beer fridge for a few days at 1.005? Just asking as I will struggle to find time until the weekend, but also it’s good...
  15. Bootcutboy

    Making Wilko Cerveza Kit, advice needed please

    I am brewing a Wilko Cerveza lager kit at the moment, it is my first kit I’ve done in my new beer fridge. The instructions say that upon bottling and adding the teaspoon of sugar it should then be left to stand in a “warm place” for 2 days. This is what I find a little vague, can they go back...
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    Getting the best out of Magnum Strawberry Cider kit

    Hi folks, I managed to get hold of a couple of the magnum strawberry cider kits for £8ea and was looking on here for some advice brewing them, it would seem by most comments they are not the nicest kits to say the least. I have got a brew fridge set up, I would expect that would help a bit...
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    Advice on brewing the “Make Your Own” brand red and white wine kits please

    Howdy all. I managed to get hold of a white and a red Make your Own brand wine kits and I am looking for any advice to get the best out of these please? I do have a brew fridge set up now to use, but this will be my first ever foray into wine brewing so any advice would be amazing, or should I...
  18. Bootcutboy

    Finished making my brew fridge, Will my airlock be ok??

    Howdy all, as you can see from the pics below I got my 1st beer fridge built yesterday and my first brew on the go today, just a wilko Cerveza lager to test the fridge out so I’m not too bothered if anything goes wrong this time. The only real problem I have is that there is not enough room...
  19. Bootcutboy

    Instructions and advice for first fermentation fridge build please

    Hi all, I am a beginner brewer in UK and have Previously brewed a few batches of kit beers/lagers and once made my own cider from fresh apples and I have got the bug so I have decided to go down the fermentation fridge route, I believe I have all the components bought for this but I would like...
  20. Bootcutboy

    Hydrometer broken? And is Wilko brew sugar ok for priming?

    Hi all I have my first lager brewing, a Wilkos Light lager 4% kit, which has just stopped bubbling and has been at 1.014 for a couple days, I am hoping it still goes down further as it is only 3.3% at present, I’d probably be able to drink the entire FV worth in one sitting at that strength...
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