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Old 02-05-2004, 11:33 PM
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Thought I would try something different and make a cooler style wine kit--was
thinking of the Niagara Mist Grapefruit Blush. Anyone else tried this

(My only other cooler style wine I have made was Blackberry Merlot-and it a
word it was terrible. Sickly sweet- Still trying to figure out ways to consume
it!) I presume that the grapefruit would be more tart.


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Old 03-05-2004, 03:15 AM
Weez
 
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Try the Brew King (winexpert) Island Mist kits. They're much better
balanced.

http://www.winexpert.com/index.cfm/f...t/products.cfm

I tried one kit from the company you mention "Black Cherry Pinot Noir" and
like you said, too sweet, It was like Dr. Pepper with alcohol!

I've tried 3 Brew King's so far and all are great. We add 1 pound of sugar
so they reach about 8.5%. We've tried the Strawberry Merlot, the Exotic
Fruit Zinfandel and the Peach & Apricot Chardonnay.

Louise)

"Insprucegrove" wrote in message
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Thought I would try something different and make a cooler style wine

kit--was
thinking of the Niagara Mist Grapefruit Blush. Anyone else tried this

(My only other cooler style wine I have made was Blackberry Merlot-and it

a
word it was terrible. Sickly sweet- Still trying to figure out ways to

consume
it!) I presume that the grapefruit would be more tart.



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Old 04-05-2004, 12:44 AM
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I have even tried drinking the Blackberry Merlot with orange juice just to cut
the sweetness. It's not too bad, but the real problem is I am just too darn
cheap to throw out any alcoholic produt. Might try it with gingerale too.


prefer the white variety over a sweet red as you mention with your bad
experience. Drink them really chilled and you can add some ice cubes
too.



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Old 04-05-2004, 08:26 PM
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Weez wrote:
Try the Brew King (winexpert) Island Mist kits. They're much better
balanced.

http://www.winexpert.com/index.cfm/f...t/products.cfm

I tried one kit from the company you mention "Black Cherry Pinot Noir" and
like you said, too sweet, It was like Dr. Pepper with alcohol!

Weez and all those finding the "Something Mist" fruit wines much
too sweet:

I have found it expedient to put a third to one half of the
fruit pack (the one that usually goes into the wine at the end
after stabilising) into the primary fermentation and ferment the
sugar out of it. That gives a little more alcohol in the
finished product, which I think does it good, and leaves most of
the fruit flavour in tact (although it does change character a
little).
A word of caution however--the fruit packs contain a fair bit
of sorbate, so too much in the fermenter could possibly stop your
fermentation, or at least slow it down a lot.

Cheers;
Les




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Old 04-05-2004, 09:20 PM
Brian
 
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You might want to try this product.

http://www.vinoka.com/

I doing the Hard Cran. Lemonade. (23 litre)

The kit is a 28 day procedure.

These kits are mostly sold to the u-brew outlets (in BC Canada) but most
will sell the kit for home. Only drawback on these kits is that they are
Forced Carbonated and shelf life is about 6 months. I am trying a
split batch doing the kit as suggested but not degassing half the batch
and not carbonating. The other half degassing to a still product.
I see if this works out.

What I been told by a buddy that sells wine/beer kits (not this one
unfortunately) Vinoka is a good product. They also make a cider. (next
Project).

Brian


Leslie Gadallah wrote:
Weez wrote:

Try the Brew King (winexpert) Island Mist kits. They're much better
balanced.

http://www.winexpert.com/index.cfm/f...t/products.cfm


I tried one kit from the company you mention "Black Cherry Pinot Noir"
and
like you said, too sweet, It was like Dr. Pepper with alcohol!

Weez and all those finding the "Something Mist" fruit wines much too sweet:

I have found it expedient to put a third to one half of the fruit
pack (the one that usually goes into the wine at the end after
stabilising) into the primary fermentation and ferment the sugar out of
it. That gives a little more alcohol in the finished product, which I
think does it good, and leaves most of the fruit flavour in tact
(although it does change character a little).
A word of caution however--the fruit packs contain a fair bit of
sorbate, so too much in the fermenter could possibly stop your
fermentation, or at least slow it down a lot.

Cheers;
Les



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Old 05-05-2004, 03:58 PM
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I have made two of their wines, the Blackberry Merlot that you mention and
the Peach/Apricot Chardonnay. The blackberry was pathetic. No blackberry
taste at all. I use it for my sweet wine drinking friends. The PAC is very
nice as a picnic wine. A friend of mine made a very nice Grapefruit wine
using canned concentrate. You might try making your own. It would
certainly be cheaper!

Ray

"Insprucegrove" wrote in message
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Thought I would try something different and make a cooler style wine

kit--was
thinking of the Niagara Mist Grapefruit Blush. Anyone else tried this

(My only other cooler style wine I have made was Blackberry Merlot-and it

a
word it was terrible. Sickly sweet- Still trying to figure out ways to

consume
it!) I presume that the grapefruit would be more tart.





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