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Home Brew & Wine Making - Winebuddy 30 Bottle Red Wine Refill - Merlot Ingredient Kit

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  • Ingredients To Make 30 Bottles Of Merlot
  • Ferments In 7 Days & Comes With Full Instructions
  • Kit Includes - 1 x Concentrate Bottle - 1 x Yeast Nutrient - 1 x Stabiliser - French Oak Chips - Finings
  • You Will Require 4Kg Of Sugar Or Brewing Sugar, Basic Brewing Equipment For 30 Bottles Of Wine.

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Brand Balliihoo Homebrew
Model Number1666
Item Weight1.9 Kg
Product Dimensions10 x 14 x 23 cm
  
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Best Sellers Rank 62,152 in Kitchen & Home (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.9 Kg
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Date First Available25 Jan. 2010
  
 

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30 Bottle Wine Buddy Refill - Merlot



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Have had several of this product, have now perfected the making, 7 days brewing is possible, but to get a full bodied, not too sweet wine it is benifitial to leave for 12 days, the hydrometer reading is beyond the .996 needed, but the wine benefits adding a more oaky taste and a darker less young, more rounded wine.
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If you like merlot and want a bottle which tastes like it cost £5 or £6 but which actually cost about £1 a bottle then this kit is for you.
Even a novice can't go wrong with this kit everything you need to do is clearly explained and every thing you need to make the wine is in the kit (except 4Kg of sugar which you will need).
Your also going to need a 5gal fermenting vessel and some bottles but that applies to any wine making.
Once you have made this you will be hooked and another batch will soon follow.
It makes 30 bottles but count on about 25 or 26 because some will be lost syphoning off etc.
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It makes "wine" more like alcohol flavoured chemicals, 2stars because it produced what it was meant to alcohol, I would not recommend this product in the slightest any other kit is better than this seriously do your self a favour and get california connoisseur, beaverdale, Kenridge or wine expert( beaverdale & Kenridge my choice)
This kit contained about half a litre of grape concentrate. Beaverdale contains 7.5 litre, Kenridge 10 litre.

The more grape juice the better the wine and I'm sure you could imagine half a litre in a 23 Litre mix is not good, do your research before purchasing
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I'm not that pleased with this kit; I have brewed more expensive kits and produced a decent wine. I decided to experiment with the cheaper end of the market to see if it is really necessary to pay extra for better quality kits.

After a quick brew I racked the wine off the lees and cleared. All seemed well. However, once cleared I poured a sample from my wine thief into a glass to examine the product. It was like looking at a fairly weak glass of Ribena!! very little flavour (what flavour there was was fairly cheap and unpleasant) and an unpleasant texture which I can only guess comes from the conditioning pack of syrupy liquid, probably containing glycerol. I should point out that I followed the instructions to the letter (I am by no means inexperienced at wine kit brewing, and they are usually foolproof so I'm sure the poor quality wasn't due to an error of mine).

This wine has been bottled but to be honest I think I'll just keep it until the California Connoisseur Cabernet Sauvignon I bought today is ready and pour them out so I don't have to sterilize them again :-). Might keep 6 of them for a year or two just to see but I'm not confident.

For what it's worth, my advice is: If you're considering a cheaper kit, don't do it. Even at £50 for a kit, you're still only paying ~£1.66 a bottle! it's false economy if you start scrimping on your grape juice.
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Easy to make. If room is cool takes about a week longer to brew. Clears beautifully with fining kit ingredients supplied. Resulting wine is quaffable but lacks body and colour. Either add more red grape juice at the start and back off on the sugar to get a better wine. Great for blending with homebrew country wines or for parties where no one is too particular about the drink as long as there is lots of it!
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I must say that I'm very impressed with this kit.

After reading some mixed reviews I decided to grab this kit anyway. While I wasn't expecting amazing wine, I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

True to it's word, I managed to get 20L of wine in 7 days. It's a little lighter in colour than most reds and is certainly drinkable immediately after bottling, but you'll get a full bodied wine if you leave to age for a month or so.

I'm not a huge fan of red wine but I could happily drink this of an evening or with my dinner.

Don't expect amazing wine, but it brews decent wine (comparable to a £5 bottle in a supermarket) in 7 days - what more can you ask for?
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I have to agree with the other reviewer - it came out looking like dilute Ribena. The taste was OK for me though, although nothing like a Merlot it was OK, and is certainly strong enough. Next time I'm going to try something more expensive...
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Wine Buddy kits will always hold a special place in my heart as they were what got me into winemaking. They are very cheap and produce a nice drinkable wine. However, don't expect to get a nice dark full bodied wine with these kits. What you will get is a lighter drop, which is more akin to a beaujolais than a merlot (in fact they aren't bad if slightly chilled in much the same way). If you want to make something that tastes nice for minimal cost to see if winemaking is for you then these are a good bet. If you want something that will more mimic the wine you would buy in a shop and be a closer representation of the grape variety, then you're probably better off paying a bit more for a more premium kit (Cellar 7 is the higher end version from this manufacturer).
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