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Old 06-19-2013, 11:18 PM   #1
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New to the home fermenting, I see a lot of online info on the US kits, was wondering what your experience with Wine Kitz? How it compares with the US based kit outfits?
And is Wine Kitz affiliated with any of the US companies?

 
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:47 AM   #2
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jjallen:

First, the major kit companies are Canadian.

Wine Kitz is owned by Global Vintners, who also owns Winexpert, Vineco, and Cellar Craft. GV is itself owned by Andrew Peller Ltd, who owns a few wineries. These are Canadian based companies.

RJ Spagnols is Canadian based but owned by Constellation Brands, a large US outfit in the wine business.

Advintage and Paklab are Canadian.

How does Wine Kitz compare? I started in the wine making hobby with Wine Kitz product from a store in Regina SK. I felt that the reults were quite good. However, I haven't made any of their kits in a long time, so can't speak for current quality.

You haven't indicated where you live. Do you plan to make these kits at home or have them made for you in a Ferment on Premises style store (availability differs by province).

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Old 06-20-2013, 09:34 AM   #3
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I live in Duncan BC, I am starting with having WineKitz do a few batches first.
But I am learning fast that one can cheaply buy used equipment to brew at home. And many many people are helpful in offering their experiential knowledge. So thinking of trying to make kits from home sooner.
Thanks for the knowledge, I ask in case I wanna seek out another kit while in the states, to see how they match up.
But sound like that is not necessary.

 
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:44 AM   #4
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I live in Duncan BC, I am starting with having WineKitz do a few batches first.
But I am learning fast that one can cheaply buy used equipment to brew at home. And many many people are helpful in offering their experiential knowledge. So thinking of trying to make kits from home sooner.
Thanks for the knowledge, I ask in case I wanna seek out another kit while in the states, to see how they match up.
But sound like that is not necessary.

If you can afford it, but the best version of the particular brand of kit and varietal. In wine kits, you really do "Get what you pay for".
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:55 AM   #5
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I live in Duncan BC, I am starting with having WineKitz do a few batches first.
But I am learning fast that one can cheaply buy used equipment to brew at home. And many many people are helpful in offering their experiential knowledge. So thinking of trying to make kits from home sooner.
Thanks for the knowledge, I ask in case I wanna seek out another kit while in the states, to see how they match up.
But sound like that is not necessary.
Starting with an FoP is a good idea. It allows you to find out if kit wines are something that you like to drink without the equipment investment.

Unfortunately many FoP stores do not cater to the home winemaker. Hopefully your WK store is not one of those. If you get to the mainland with a bit of free time, try to check out the RJ Spagnols factory store on Annacis Island in Vancouver. They have a big warehouse clearance sale in February (unless they've changed in the last couple of years).

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Old 06-20-2013, 12:45 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by jjallen View Post
I live in Duncan BC, I am starting with having WineKitz do a few batches first.
But I am learning fast that one can cheaply buy used equipment to brew at home. And many many people are helpful in offering their experiential knowledge. So thinking of trying to make kits from home sooner.
Thanks for the knowledge, I ask in case I wanna seek out another kit while in the states, to see how they match up.
But sound like that is not necessary.
If you are buying the glass then go ahead but unless the kit you are looking at is new leave the plastic parts at the garage sale. The plastic can have a minor scratch and carry bacteria that will ruin your batch. For the price of a decent kit it is more worth while to by new and then you know what you are getting.

 
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:49 PM   #7
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I used WineKitz starting out. Very good luck with them. I have to travel 25 minutes to the Valley for WineKitz or 40 minutes to the city for RJS and locally just started selling Vine Co. And I travel to the city once or twice a month and don't travel to the Valley much any more. So I switched to RJS mostly ( reds ) and Vine CO for whites - mist kits. But I found the WineKitz easy to make and with great results.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:02 AM   #8
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Starting with an FoP is a good idea. It allows you to find out if kit wines are something that you like to drink without the equipment investment.

Unfortunately many FoP stores do not cater to the home winemaker. Hopefully your WK store is not one of those. If you get to the mainland with a bit of free time, try to check out the RJ Spagnols factory store on Annacis Island in Vancouver. They have a big warehouse clearance sale in February (unless they've changed in the last couple of years).

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Old 06-21-2013, 12:03 AM   #9
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I used WineKitz starting out. Very good luck with them. I have to travel 25 minutes to the Valley for WineKitz or 40 minutes to the city for RJS and locally just started selling Vine Co. And I travel to the city once or twice a month and don't travel to the Valley much any more. So I switched to RJS mostly ( reds ) and Vine CO for whites - mist kits. But I found the WineKitz easy to make and with great results.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:04 AM   #10
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If you can afford it, but the best version of the particular brand of kit and varietal. In wine kits, you really do "Get what you pay for".
Thanks Robie

 
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