Brewing Red Wine

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Brewing Red Wine

Post by aamcle » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:48 pm

Is it possible to make a Red at least as good as Toro Loco or a decent Merlo for for less than the cost of buying a bottle? As far as I know I can't do it WOW style.

So what are my options?


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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by LeeH » Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:57 pm

Ive made some cracking white and rose wines using decent kits such as beaverdale.

Red not so much. I did 2 or 3 and gave up. They were OK but not commercial quality like the whites.


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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by Secla » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:02 pm

ive made good white and red from kits. reds you need to leave a good 6 months before there good to drink but whites are good nearly straight away

a decent kit will set you back 1.50-2 a bottle

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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by themadhippy » Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:10 pm

So what are my options?
dig up the lawn and plant some vines?
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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by greenwood » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:44 am

Kenridge do a cracking Cabernet Sauvignon . Did blind taste test against papa Neuf and it won. It is the wine of choice among our friends . ( the biggest compliment I received was ‘ I’d happily pay eight quid for a bottle of that !’)


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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by aamcle » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:46 am

themadhippy wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:10 pm
So what are my options?
dig up the lawn and plant some vines?

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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by aamcle » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:48 am

aamcle wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:46 am
themadhippy wrote:
Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:10 pm
So what are my options?
dig up the lawn and plant some vines?

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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by LeeH » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:34 am

greenwood wrote:Kenridge do a cracking Cabernet Sauvignon . Did blind taste test against papa Neuf and it won. It is the wine of choice among our friends . ( the biggest compliment I received was ‘ I’d happily pay eight quid for a bottle of that !Image’)


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I’ll give one of those ago.

What’s the longest you’ve stored them for? I have a large temp controlled catering fridge so thinking of doing 30 bottle kit and ageing them for a year or 2??


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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by greenwood » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:13 pm

TBH they are fine after a month but when I’ve opened older ones they are better . I don’t think I’ve had one more than 12 months old. Not sure they need keeping cold either .. I keep em in garage ..


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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by greenwood » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:16 pm

Ps my friend down the road is quite a wine snob and he keeps it continuously brewing . Never had a negative comment about the wine


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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by LeeH » Wed Jun 27, 2018 9:49 pm

greenwood wrote:TBH they are fine after a month but when I’ve opened older ones they are better . I don’t think I’ve had one more than 12 months old. Not sure they need keeping cold either .. I keep em in garage ..

Not cold, just like my beer I store wine a 12 ish via an STC.


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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by Kev888 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 6:03 pm

This is a completey ignorant question, but how long does a kit like the kenridge red take to ferment etc. before bottling?

It has been decades since I made a wine kit, so things 'must' have improved since then.
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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by Secla » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:00 pm

2-3 weeks I'd say

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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by Kev888 » Fri Jun 29, 2018 7:03 pm

Thanks, thats not too bad at all. I may try one at some point then.
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Re: Brewing Red Wine

Post by jaroporter » Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:45 pm

i was very disappointed with a couple of the kenridge and beaverdale reds i did. tasting at 6-8 months gave some very flat and "kit-like" wine. from what i'd read i expected better at that stage even if they could still improve. not tried the cab sav though so might be tempted to revisit if i lunch out the elderberries again later this year.

those wines are now over a year in the keg though so might have to try soon..
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