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Old 21-08-2004, 12:17 PM
Reticulum
 
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Default The BEST kits for Reds are ? (Newbie Asks)

Greetings,

I'm close to moving to 2ndary ferment on
my 1st kit. Already I'm eager to begin again.
I love Reds. I have no complaints with brewking,
but are their kits the best ? By best I mean
the finest quality, taste, etc. Not just the
best "deal".

Enjoy the weekend,

Andrew

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Old 23-08-2004, 02:46 AM
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Andrew,
Congrats on your first kit in-process. And you should begin another, soon!
I like the BrewKing Cabernets- the more expensive kits yield a better
product. And I don't dilute the concentrate per the instructions- I skimp
on the water- omitting 1/2 to 1/4 gallon. After 16 kits, trial and error
has clearly shown that kits topped off to the full 6 US gallons are a little
weak, and lack robust flavor. I also add grape tannin powder and double or
triple the oak. This extends the bottle aging time far beyond what the
directions say for an excellent wine, but you can drink it anytime.

I also have made Chennin Blanc from Alexander's Sun Country Concentrate and
have been very pleased with the outcome. IMO my Alexander's CBs are far
better than what I have been buying at the package stores.

DO experiment, just do it in tiny increments from kit to kit and keep
careful notes in your wine journal.

All the Best,

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KB




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Greetings,

I'm close to moving to 2ndary ferment on
my 1st kit. Already I'm eager to begin again.
I love Reds. I have no complaints with brewking,
but are their kits the best ? By best I mean
the finest quality, taste, etc. Not just the
best "deal".

Enjoy the weekend,

Andrew



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The Brewking red kits are generally good. You might want to go to the
Winemaker magazine web page for their 2003 competition., look up the type of
wine you'd like to make, and see which kits got the highest awards:

http://www.winemakermag.com/feature/357.html

Ed

"Reticulum" wrote in message
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Greetings,

I'm close to moving to 2ndary ferment on
my 1st kit. Already I'm eager to begin again.
I love Reds. I have no complaints with brewking,
but are their kits the best ? By best I mean
the finest quality, taste, etc. Not just the
best "deal".

Enjoy the weekend,

Andrew



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Old 24-08-2004, 01:37 AM
 
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On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 01:46:08 GMT, "K. B."
wrote:

Andrew,
Congrats on your first kit in-process. And you should begin another, soon!
I like the BrewKing Cabernets- the more expensive kits yield a better
product. And I don't dilute the concentrate per the instructions- I skimp
on the water- omitting 1/2 to 1/4 gallon. After 16 kits, trial and error
has clearly shown that kits topped off to the full 6 US gallons are a little
weak, and lack robust flavor. I also add grape tannin powder and double or
triple the oak. This extends the bottle aging time far beyond what the
directions say for an excellent wine, but you can drink it anytime.

I also have made Chennin Blanc from Alexander's Sun Country Concentrate and
have been very pleased with the outcome. IMO my Alexander's CBs are far
better than what I have been buying at the package stores.

DO experiment, just do it in tiny increments from kit to kit and keep
careful notes in your wine journal.

All the Best,


Thank you. I like your idea about concentrating the kit
some. Have made any Blends this way? It would be interesting
to try that with an 80/20 Merlot/Cab.Franc.

Andrew
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Old 24-08-2004, 01:39 AM
 
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On Mon, 23 Aug 2004 09:37:36 -0400, "Ed Marks"
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The Brewking red kits are generally good. You might want to go to the
Winemaker magazine web page for their 2003 competition., look up the type of
wine you'd like to make, and see which kits got the highest awards:

http://www.winemakermag.com/feature/357.html

Ed

I wasted some serious time today crawling over thier
Winnner's List. A lot of fun to compare.

Thanks,

Andrew



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