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First wine
« on: December 17, 2014, 02:55:47 AM »
So my wife likes her wine, and has become quite envious of the copious amounts of beer I produce and have available on the cheap. So this leads me to her interest in having me produce a 6- gal batch of white- Gewurtztraminer , Sauvignon , Pinot Grigio , or Chardonnay .

I see many kits ranging from $49-$139 ish.....and suggestions or direction would be appreciated.


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Re: First wine
« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2014, 04:54:51 AM »
I've been wanting to give a batch of wine a whirl myself, but i was wondering the same thing about the kits. I don't drink a whole lot of wine, so I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of something that will take years to get rid of because I'm not that interested in drinking it.

Another question - if I'm only going to make wine every so often, is it worth it to buy a corker or am I better off with something like Zorks that don't require a corker?
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Re: First wine
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2014, 01:00:02 PM »
I've been wanting to give a batch of wine a whirl myself, but i was wondering the same thing about the kits. I don't drink a whole lot of wine, so I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of something that will take years to get rid of because I'm not that interested in drinking it.

Another question - if I'm only going to make wine every so often, is it worth it to buy a corker or am I better off with something like Zorks that don't require a corker?
Eric, if you have a corker you could also cork mead. We cork all of our mead and cellar it.
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Re: First wine
« Reply #4 on: December 17, 2014, 02:35:31 PM »
You might be close enough to this place to visit. It's been a few years since I needed wine supplies, but these folks were good to deal with

http://www.piwine.com/supplies.html

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Re: First wine
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2014, 02:59:33 PM »
You might be close enough to this place to visit. It's been a few years since I needed wine supplies, but these folks were good to deal with

http://www.piwine.com/supplies.html

funny you mentioned them. i was just there a couple weeks ago.  its about 1.5 hours so not somewhere id frequently get to.
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Re: First wine
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2014, 03:51:41 PM »
I've been wanting to give a batch of wine a whirl myself, but i was wondering the same thing about the kits. I don't drink a whole lot of wine, so I don't want to be stuck with a bunch of something that will take years to get rid of because I'm not that interested in drinking it.

Another question - if I'm only going to make wine every so often, is it worth it to buy a corker or am I better off with something like Zorks that don't require a corker?
Eric, if you have a corker you could also cork mead. We cork all of our mead and cellar it.
I bottle my mead in the 187 mL champagne bottles. They accept a normal crown cap and they're the right size for meads in the 16%+ range for me.
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Re: First wine
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2014, 03:56:45 PM »
im planning on using the screw cap - works for the whites with little maturation and quick consumption.
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Re: First wine
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2014, 06:59:04 PM »
Never made wine but I've been to classes at the LHBS with kits. The kits seem pretty easy and foolproof.
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Re: First wine
« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2014, 07:51:11 PM »
i'd agree with that theory on fairly straight forward.

 interested  if there's a particular brand some prefer and  variety of white that stands out, and any gotcha's for first time wine maker.
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Re: First wine
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2014, 02:32:30 PM »
doesn't appear we have many wine makers here.

i'm going to go with the wine expert gewurtz and see how that goes.
http://labelpeelers.com/wine-making/wine-kits/selection-premium-wine/selection-california-gewurztraminer--wine-kit/
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Re: First wine
« Reply #11 on: December 18, 2014, 02:39:01 PM »
doesn't appear we have many wine makers here.

i'm going to go with the wine expert gewurtz and see how that goes.
http://labelpeelers.com/wine-making/wine-kits/selection-premium-wine/selection-california-gewurztraminer--wine-kit/

most of my efforts with grapes get made into pyment.
But, although I haven't made that exact kit I've been happy with the company on the 3 others I've made.  that's all I got for ya. 

good luck--
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Re: First wine
« Reply #12 on: December 18, 2014, 02:42:01 PM »
doesn't appear we have many wine makers here.

i'm going to go with the wine expert gewurtz and see how that goes.
http://labelpeelers.com/wine-making/wine-kits/selection-premium-wine/selection-california-gewurztraminer--wine-kit/

most of my efforts with grapes get made into pyment.
But, although I haven't made that exact kit I've been happy with the company on the 3 others I've made.  that's all I got for ya. 

good luck--
--Michael

cool. seems people have good reviews for their kits.
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Dort
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Cider                         
Ger'merican Blonde
Amber Ale
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Re: First wine
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2014, 05:05:46 AM »
doesn't appear we have many wine makers here.

i'm going to go with the wine expert gewurtz and see how that goes.
http://labelpeelers.com/wine-making/wine-kits/selection-premium-wine/selection-california-gewurztraminer--wine-kit/
Keep us posted on how it turns out!
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Re: First wine
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2014, 11:32:48 AM »
Will do. Picking it up this weekend and will make it over the holidays.


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Vienna IPA          O'Fest
Dort
Mead                 
Cider                         
Ger'merican Blonde
Amber Ale
Next:
Ger Pils
O'Fest