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jema
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 03, 04 6:54 pm    Post subject: Beaverdale wine kits  Reply with quote    

Have just bottled some Beaverdale Chardonay, Instantly pleasant to drink

If you want to create a quick cellar to give you something to drink in the long patient wait for the Country wines, I'd recommend these kits, they do a large range red and white

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 04 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've never used a kit. Often looked at them in the shop, but I've never taken the plunge. Are they worth the cost? Is the result much better than, say, a blend of apple juice and grape juice in a wine?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 04 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Better? possibly even probably with a good kit.

Quicker? definatly, whilst the kits are a bit optimistic in their claims, you can be drinking the wine in a month quite easily.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 04 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I tried a few Supermarket kits earlier in the year but was disappointed. I then discovered the local homebrew shop and paid a bit more and was very impressed. It was Beaverdale that they recommended and it was worth the extra cash.

Tried the Rioja and Zinnfandel (sp). Both very good for kits.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 04 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm basically working through what they have, have done Chardonay and Cabernet Souvignon so far

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When they say Chardonnay or Zinfandel, are you actually geting concentrate from those grapes? Or does the tin say something like 'makes xlitres of chardonnay-style white wine'. I'm not saying that would be a terible thing, I just wondered.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 8:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You are getting the actual grave variety and you do not need to add suger.

Hence all this is really is grape concentrate from high quaility grapes.

This is the difference between a cheap kit and a kit what will make a really good wine.

jema

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 04 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jema wrote:
I'm basically working through what they have, have done Chardonay and Cabernet Souvignon so far


How selfless of you - there aren't many here could steel themselves to such a task

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 04 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How much quicker is it from start to drinking. I have never done a wine kit.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 04 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Beaverdale kits claim that from starting the kit to drinking can be as little as 1 month, 6 weeks is certainly realistic.

I think I said you could do them okay in a month earlier, but I was missing a stage out.

jema

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 04 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If it is ready that quick, how long does it last or does that not matter

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 04 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The instructions say that it will mature to it peak over several months

these really are pretty good wines.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 11, 04 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Has anyone tried a Saturnes kit? I've seen a 'Choice' 6 bottle sixe that seems worth a go. I would like to give it a go but would it be worth it?

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