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I‘ve just been looking at the Dark Rock website and noticed they’re doing their own wine kits and I wondered if anyone has any experience of them. It costs £39.99 for a 30 bottle kit and if it’s half as good as their beer kits, then they’ll probably be worth a punt, it I just thought I’d check if some one on here has tried them.
 
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“No” to Dark Rock kits but The Range do superbly drinkable Red Wine and Rosé Wine. At the moment I have a White Wine kit fermenting and the OG sample tasted superb.

All the MYO Wine Kits are 23 litre kits that currently cost £19.99 (Rosé & White) or £24.99 (Red). Check out the following links:



Note: They may not suit a Wine Buff but personally I brew them with less sugar and chill them for a summer drink! The result is very “Moreish”!
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“No” to Dark Rock kits but The Range do superbly drinkable Red Wine and Rosé Wine. At the moment I have a White Wine kit fermenting and the OG sample tasted superb.

All the MYO Wine Kits are 23 litre kits that currently cost £19.99 (Rosé & White) or £24.99 (Red). Check out the following links:



Note: They may not suit a Wine Buff but personally I brew them with less sugar and chill them for a summer drink! The result is very “Moreish”!
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Thank yo. I’ll take a look at them.
 

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Thank you. Just out of interest, what’s the abv of the final product?


Tasting NotesA light, fruity, medium-sweet rosé with a peachy-orange hue. Well balanced sweetness and acidity, with subtle apple and strawberry notes.
Average ABV11.8%
ColourPeachy Orange


Tasting NotesA light-bodied, fruity, easy-drinking dry red wine. Well-structured and lightly oaked, with intense, ripe berry fruit flavours.
Average ABV11.5%
ColourDeep Cherry
 

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Tasting NotesA light, fruity, medium-sweet rosé with a peachy-orange hue. Well balanced sweetness and acidity, with subtle apple and strawberry notes.
Average ABV11.8%
ColourPeachy Orange


Tasting NotesA light-bodied, fruity, easy-drinking dry red wine. Well-structured and lightly oaked, with intense, ripe berry fruit flavours.
Average ABV11.5%
ColourDeep Cherry
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Thank you. Just out of interest, what’s the abv of the final product?
The ABV is what @Chippy_Tea said …

… but that’s only if you put in the 3.5kg of sugar recommended in the recipe!

Personally, I like to brew wine that I can drink in copious amounts in the summer so I always “brew light” and use sugar to regulate the ABV.

As a general rule, I use only 1.5kg of sugar for Rosé and Red Wine (‘cos I add Cassis to it before drinking) and 2.0kg for White Wine. This gives me about 6% to 8% ABV.

BTW, being a true peasant, I chill all of my MKO Wines before drinking!

Enjoy.
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Rather than use bottles, I use the 5 litre bottles that the Spring Water used for brewing the wine comes in! I then decant this into 2 litre bottles as required for chilling. (I said I was a peasant!)
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I’ve now bought the Range Red Wine kit and I’ve also got a 32 litre FV in which to do it. The only thing is that this FV has neither a tap nor a hole for an airlock and I have to ask….does this matter? I should think not, but I’d be interested in any views on this. Thanks, Gaz
 
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The Instructions for The Range say to just leave the lid on the FV resting on top.

Personally, I use a blow-off bottle ‘cos I use the FV for everything!

If you have doubts, stretch a length of cling-film over the top of the FV, puncture it with a small knife and then rest the lid on top.
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The Instructions for The Range say to just leave the lid on the FV resting on top.

Personally, I use a blow-off bottle ‘cos I use the FV for everything!

If you have doubts, stretch a length of cling-film over the top of the FV, puncture it with a small knife and then rest the lid on top.
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Thank you. I hadn’t thought about using cling film. I’ve just read the instructions and it advises using either granulated sugar or dextrose. Which would you use?
 

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They weren’t exaggerating when they said the fermentation could be vigorous! Good grief! I am now so glad I bought a 32 litre FV. The starting hydrometer reading was 1082 so we’ll see how it ends up.
 

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