Red wine kit quality

Discussion in 'Wine & Cider Kit Reviews' started by darrellm, Jul 25, 2016.

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  1. Sep 26, 2017 #21

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    Funny this because I always found that my white kits always had a certain taste all very similar "homebrewie" ended up giving them away but my reds iv really enjoyed...
     
  2. Oct 9, 2017 #22

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    Interesting to read. I do the Beaverdale kits and although they produce a drinkable red I still buy shop reds for a treat. I suspect that a lot of it is just age rather than an issue with the kit itself, I don't have anywhere cool to keep it so it tends to be drunk within weeks rather than months.

    I am considering doing the Kenmore kits but I wonder if it will be a waste with effectively the same issue about aging.
     
  3. Oct 19, 2017 #23

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    Kenridge Classic Pinot Noir was just like shop red wine after 3 days in the bottle. I don't know if it will be worth trying cheaper kits if they don't turn out any good
     
  4. Oct 21, 2017 #24

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    Following on from my earlier posts: I've just bottled a 6 bottle California Connoisseur Shiraz kit, and first tasting seems a vast improvement on the earlier kit. I've put some bottles in the garage rack, (out-of-site, out-of-mind), in the hope they'll improve with age. It'll be a terrible irony if they mature brilliantly, only for me to find the recent wildfires in California have destroyed the vineyards they source the juice from. :doh:
     
  5. Nov 20, 2017 #25

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    I've a Craft Range Sessions cab sav kitits in fv for 3 weeks on a 14 day kit. Temp is stable at 16 (had offer of heat belt but didn't want to fluctuate) and today I did test and gently raised temp to 20 for reading it has very slight fizz and hydrometer reads 0.996.
    Do I leave longer in fv???? Stressed out!
     
  6. Nov 21, 2017 #26

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    I'm not an expert but I think 16 is a bit low. I've just bottled some DIY Prosecco and it took 35 days to finish fermenting, again in a cool kitchen around 16-17 degrees. It tastes fine, just took it's time.

    As it's a kit, what do your instructions say to leave it to? 0.996 sounds as though it's pretty much finished to me though. The end reading will only affect the sweetness and strength.
     
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    All it says it to test after 12 days and if it reads same 3 days running, rack off and add timings.. but if it's fizzy, I can't see it's ready! I'm happy to be a bit patient and see.
     
  8. Mar 9, 2018 #28

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    Ok. Expanded mouse = "Rat":laugh2:
     

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