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What I like:-
  • Fleurrie
  • Good Merlot
  • Chardonnay
Not sweet, not too dry, not much Oak but with some reasonable body.

I prefer red wine but chilled the Chardonnay is nice in summer.

I have all the common wine making equipment, including a Harris filter, demijohns, airlocks and so on the rest being shared from my beer brewing equipment.

I've never been successful with wine the last one I did was a juice (pineapple) wine and when I poured it down the drain the rats fled the country!
I think I've asked before however as summer approaches I'd like to try again.

If I'm to go to a lot of trouble for just 6 bottles, I bottled 42 beers yesterday, I want something good whether it's a juice wine or a country wine.

I know I can't do a good red without fermenting on the skins but within that limit what recipe can you recommend?

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Give this a go its from the first post here -


Rosé wine

1 litre Red grape juice.

1.5 litre Apple Juice.

750g Sugar.

1 tsp Tannin or a mug of very strong black tea. (3 bags stirred every couple of minutes as you put the rest of the ingredients together)

1 tsp Yeast (i use youngs super wine yeast compound)

1 tsp Yeast Nutrient.

1 tsp Pectolase.

1 tsp Glycerine. (optional)

1 tsp citric acid or juice of one lemon. (optional)


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Chippy, isn't that just going to make a Rose wine?
I may try it on your recommendation but it's never been a style I particularly enjoy, if I look up a couple of recipes and post them would you be willing to look them over?

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I know I can't do a good red without fermenting on the skins but within that limit what recipe can you recommend
I'm not sure anyone has made an 'easy' red from fruit juice. A few members have tried using dark cherries and dark cherry coulis, with some success.

Chippy, isn't that just going to make a Rose wine?
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I might be better trying a kit, 6 bottles to start with.
My first Kit was a Youngs Merlot Winebuddy. Nice enough product but not a red. Dark Rosè maybe, but not red. These cost in the range of £25-30 (30 bottle). I think you need to pay a little more to get more concentrated red grape juice.
 

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Yes you make a decent red wine from kits, BUT in my opinion you will need to spend in the order of £50 for 30 bottles. I've tried Beaverdale, On The House, VineCo and WinExpert for reds and whites and they easily match £5 supermarket offerings. Why not try a 6 bottle decent kit and see what you like? That's why I did when I returned to homebrew and then moved on to 30 bottle. What I would say though is that in my experience the 30 bottle kits make a better wine, probably just fermenting and maturing in bulk makes a better wine.
 

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Yep, I'm making wine from 100% red grape juice at the moment & I am expecting it to come out as somewhere between a dark rose & light red simply because juice doesn't give you the little extra omph you would get from the grape skins.
 
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Yep, I'm making wine from 100% red grape juice at the moment & I am expecting it to come out as somewhere between a dark rose & light red simply because juice doesn't give you the little extra omph you would get from the grape skins.
I made one with 100% Red Grape Juice from Sainbury's. 5 ltrs of juice and no water. Came out a dark red, darker than a dark Rose. Matured in bottle for 16 months and was very drinkable. Better than i expected, will be making it again. Please let us know how yours turns out.
I am going to try Chippy_Tea Rose wine recipe as sounds good and i like a Rose.
 
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Yep, I'm making wine from 100% red grape juice at the moment & I am expecting it to come out as somewhere between a dark rose & light red simply because juice doesn't give you the little extra omph you would get from the grape skins.
It's turned out OK at bottling time.
Tastes like inexpensive red wine.
What I would describe as a lightweight red similar to Italian style.

Tastes OK, comparable to £4 cheap supermarket stuff, but will leave a little longer in the bottle.

I would make it again. The only things I added was a little sugar & yeast nutrient.
 

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It's turned out OK at bottling time.
Tastes like inexpensive red wine.
What I would describe as a lightweight red similar to Italian style.

Tastes OK, comparable to £4 cheap supermarket stuff, but will leave a little longer in the bottle.

I would make it again. The only things I added was a little sugar & yeast nutrient.
Was that 100% just juice or a % of water and if so how much. Looks good. Enjoy
 

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