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Hello All:

I started my new winemaking hobby a few weeks ago. I have found some of the posts on here SO helpful and it's nice people are willing to share information and advice. At the moment I have three demijohns with juice wines in them: apple and cranberry / apple, red grape and cranberry / apple and pomegranate. I have also made two six bottle kit wines - Wilko's Merlot and a Beaverdale Merlot. Don't think I would have got this far without reading your posts, to be honest. Thank you as well for sharing your recipes. Cheers!
 

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Welcome to the forum thumb.

Sounds like you are hooked, the juice wines are great i have made many many gallons of them.
 

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Oh that sounds lovely. I must look into Juice Wines. I’ve made 6 beers, an Oaked Apple Cider and a 30 x Bottle Pinot Grigio kit so far. The white wine is really really good and compares very well against any shop bought wine in the €10 to €15 bracket. I’ll be doing it again. Welcome to the forum.
 

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Thanks for the welcome! Yes, I think I am proper hooked. Patience is not my virtue, so it will be, er, interesting. I won't touch the bottled Merlot for two or three months, but I am looking forward to a couple of glasses of the juice wine much sooner than that...
In your experience, is a couple of months enough time for the kit wines to mature a bit?
 

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I have only done 1 wine. After 2 months it was lovely. 4 months later and it is getting better. But only 15 bottles left.😂 I’ll be doing it again soon.
 

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In your experience, is a couple of months enough time for the kit wines to mature a bit?
In our house a wine is lucky to last a month. :laugh8:

We found Supermarket juice wines don't improve much with age so we used to drink them soon after they were bottled.
 

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Thank you Damienair, Chippy Tea and StJayJay. Nice to hear the juice wine is of the 'drink soon' variety. Woo-hoo. clapa
 
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