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With our vast range of home brew wine making kits, virtually any commercial style of wine can be produced, at home, with the minimum of effort.
Using the equipment in Brew Mart's wine starter pack and a wine making kit a wine can be ready in as little time as a week.
All wine making kits have their own easy to follow instructions.
Some homebrew making wine kits are available in both 1 gallon (6 bottles) and 5 gallons (30 bottles) sizes.
All wine's favourite types are available, and Solomon Grundy and Cellar 7 has a popular range of different fruit wines.
Brewmart stock homebrew wine from all the major homebrew manufacturers such as
What is in a winemaking kit?
Buying The Kit
Everyone knows that good grape make world-class wine. However, in recent years, the quality of kit wines has improved enough to impress even the most dedicated fresh-fruit purist.
Besides offering first-time winemakers an accessible introduction to the hobby, wine kits offer experts a chance to produce wines from grape-growing regions worldwide. Some varietals are only grown in some areas of the world or grow in amounts too small to allow for use in the home winemaking market.
Vineyards such Nebbiolo or Viognier are very specialists, and it isn't very likely that they would supply the home wine kit market.
However, high-quality varietal wine kits are available at any time of the year. They are sourced from vineyards in California, Australia, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain and other classic wine areas.
You can also find wine kits for exciting styles, like late-harvest wines, noble-rot wines, ice wines, sparkling wines, sherries and ports.
The wine-kit enthusiasm began in the 1970s when high-quality kits first emerged from California.
Although some laws called for a minimum of 51 per cent content for a wine kit of any stated variety, many manufacturers provided 70 per cent. This higher percentage means that 70 per cent of the juice or concentrate is made from pure Chardonnay grapes in a Chardonnay kit.
The greater the Chardonnay content in the wine kit, the more varietal character in the finished wine.
The Californian wine kits being considered better than their European counterparts forced a wholesale effort to increase quality worldwide. The boom in aseptic packaging, fueled by cutting-edge Canadian companies, also fueled the drive for quality and freshness. For example, in the 1970s in Canada, less than one per cent of all wine consumed came from home winemakers.
As of today, the figure is closer to 10 or 12 per cent. This increase is attributable to popular homebrew shops and the widespread availability of suitable kits.
Making a kit of wine is less labour-intensive than producing wine from fresh grapes, making it much cheaper. You will gain savings in time and money because you won't need to buy the equipment such as crushes or presses required when using fresh grapes.
To produce five-gallon of wine, you need approximately ninety pounds of grapes. Ninety pounds of grapes could cost as little as £100 or as much as £400. Wine kits that yield the same volume cost anywhere from £40 to £100.
Another bonus: Many wine kits are all-inclusive. They will contain all the additives you will need, and they will be pre-measured. The instructions are easy to follow, and the results are relatively predictable. Some recipe options allow you to add more concentrate for a more extensive, grander wine. You may also choose to add less water than a concentrate recipe suggests. These two options would be akin to "letting the vats bleed" at a commercial winery.
If you're a novice winemaker, a wine kit is a very suitable way to begin learning the art. If you're an expert fresh-grape winemaker, it is a good idea to supplement your portfolio with a wine kit. It will deepen your knowledge and broaden your skills.Buying The Kit
There are four distinct types of wine kits:
The approach to making wine from these wine kits is similar. The only difference is that the pure juice wine kit requires no additional water. These wine kits are the most expensive.
Wine Kit prices should directly correlate to the purity of the product. Pure juice wine kits will be more expensive than concentrate or mixed wine kits.
Before you leave the homebrew shop, check the wine kit instructions. You may need to purchase additional ingredients such as grape tannin, wine acids, nutrients and yeast. Some concentrate wine kits also require extra brewing sugar.Juice versus Concentrate
Here is a comparison of juice and concentrate. Some wine kits contain one, some the other and some both. Pure juice wine kits are made from freshly crushed grapes; the juice (and possibly some grape pulp) is vacuum-sealed in food-grade pouches. The concentrate is pure grape juice with 30 to 70 per cent of its water vacuumed out; it is then sealed in cans or bladder packs to keep the freshness.Juice
Enjoy your wine!
Enjoying it isn't a suggestion. It is more a prediction. Look after your wines well, and they will delight you. Ask questions to broaden your knowledge and gain exposure to other people's wines and winemaking methods.
It is a good idea to get into the habit of taking a few notes when you are drinking and enjoying your bottles.. Taking notes will give you a feel for the personality and promise of the wines you've chosen. A few years from now, you will open a bottle that tastes as terrific. And it will have come from a wine kit!