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  1. Putterrr

    RJ Spagnols RQ 2020 The Deb: Spanish Rose Thoughts?

    I made this kit back in the spring 2020 and bottled it at 3 months which is 3 short of when i usually bottle whites/rose. It was good enough for me to order an second kit. it was a lovely summer wine with a definite berry flavor. i now have my second kit aging so it will be bottled at 6 months...
  2. Putterrr

    New Winexpert Kits

    My brew store says the top line red kits with skins are 13L plus 1L of skins. I'm still not buying the whole smaller is better. cheers
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    New Winexpert Kits

    I was just on my local suppliers online store and they have the new WE kits listed. They are the same price and the old eclipse kits . Some of them mention grape skins. but there is no listing of the quantity of juice so not sure if they skin kits have less volume to account for the skins as the...
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    New Winexpert Kits

    The issue as I have with the new and improved and lets not forget smaller kits is the unknown. I usually have my top line kits sit for 2 years before I drink them. I make about a dozen kits a year and 75% are from Vineco or WE. So am I going to invest in 18 kits @ $120-150 per kit over the next...
  5. Putterrr

    should there be a concern over the age of top up wine?

    I'm making another RJS EPWS Cab and was going to use a bottle of he same wine for top up. Should I have any concerns with using a 3 year old wine to top up a fresh batch? I always wondered about this practice. thx and cheers
  6. Putterrr

    No Alcohol Detected

    If you started with 1.040 and ended with .991, then you have an alcohol content of 6.7% according to the online calculator i used. If this is a fruit kit or mist kit then the addition of what is normally a large f-pack will give it a sweet taste (also hides any flaws with the wine). it will...
  7. Putterrr

    Sulphite Additions

    or you could buy direct for 1/2 the price. ask for roger vintable.com
  8. Putterrr

    Fermentation finished early

    do you use your primary pail for EM or do you use another vessel like the wide mouth carboy? thx
  9. Putterrr

    Fermentation finished early

    Hi Dugger. it has been awhile since i've seen you here but then again, i"m not on here much of late either. Since I have never done the 14 day method, you are saying the whole bag will eventually sink?. How does that do for racking. I find the eclipse and now showcase (since i've done a few of...
  10. Putterrr

    WineXpert day 6 only 22L (or less) left

    I can't say whether this is a common mistake or not. Though it may be a bit misleading to call it a 18L kit even though it is 16L of juice plus the grapeskins, that should not matter if following the directions included. Under step one-day 1, 1.3 and 1.4 clearly state to add the juice and then...
  11. Putterrr

    New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Atmosphere or Eclipse?

    Eclipse is 18L vs 16L for the atmosphere. that would make the decision for me every time but then i'm a wine kit snob cheers
  12. Putterrr

    Fermentation finished early

    I do believe that your instructions call for you to leave it in the primary till day 14. I have not made a kt yet that was not almost done fermenting by the 7th day so yours is not unusual. If you follow the instructions, you will be covered if anything goes wrong. However, the part of the...
  13. Putterrr

    WineXpert kits with f-packs

    Not much i can add that hasn't already been said, however .................. since this if your first kit with an f-pack, just know that the size of the f-packs are not always that big. two kits i would recommend with small f-packs (maybe around 1/4 cup - didn't measure them), are winery series...
  14. Putterrr

    Suggestions for a good Trio Kit

    i have made the EP winery series Trio red and very much enjoyed it. Spagnols also make different 3 grape blends in the CRU SELECT line Chile Style Cabernet Malbec Carménère Australia Style Cabernet Shiraz Merlot California Cabernet Syrah Zinfandel i dont make kits without skins but have tasted...
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    Cellar Craft Cellar Craft Showcase Barbera

    wine expert has a limited edition kit that may be what you're looking for. probably not too late to order one or 2 or 3. you get the picture, one is not enough and ....... Italy Barbaresco Style with Grape Skins LE18 cheers
  16. Putterrr

    Wine Kitz Any kits for rose'?

    i made this Rose last year and as soon as I bottled it, i ordered another kit. The colour and taste has made this a summer fav of ours cheers EN PRIMEUR WINERY SERIES Pinot Noir Rosé Bursting with the aromas and flavours of strawberry jam, complimented by raspberries, rhubarb and floral...
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    WineXpert Winexpert LE Fortitude

    Ours is a few months past the 2 year mark and is the best wine we have on our racks at the moment Of course I'm easy to please so your mileage may vary cheers
  18. Putterrr

    What is your favorite kit?

    I usually bottle my top line white kits at 6 months and start consuming. they don't all disappear right away. by the time all are gone it might be 18-24 months because others have been bottled during that time. i usually make 4 whites and lately a rose` as well. winter is for reds and summer...
  19. Putterrr

    RJ Spagnols RJS Amarone vs Amarone Classico

    the classico version is 18L of juice with dried grape skins while the other one is 16L of juice and 2L of wet skins. I asked the difference a few years back about the skins and was told it was actually more expensive to produce the dried skins and the juice was higher quality. i have not made...
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    Port wine kit recommendations

    i have only made a few and tasted some others. The Black forest and coffee have strong flavour while some of the others like chocolate raspberry and oranae, not so much. I have a toasted caramel on the go now but have no opinion as yet. cheers