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pditt13

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Does anyone know of a good quality 3 gallon kit? I started with 1 gallon kits to learn about the process, and now I would like to start making larger quantities. Since this is just a home hobby, I would rather have 15 bottles of two different wines vs. 30 bottles of one but all I can find is kits that make 6 gallons. One gallon is not enough. Freezer space is limited to freeze half the juice since i already did that with a shiraz juice AND I don't know how well freezing holds up for the next batch anyway. Any suggestions?
 

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If you bought two kits which blend well together you could make 4 different 3 gallon wines. For instance a Cabernet and a Merlot kit, 1 100% Cab, 2 100% Merlot, 3 67 or 75% Cab, balance Merlot, 4 exact opposite of 3. If you added a 3rd wine you could do even more combinations (another Bordeaux varietal, or Sangiovese, etc.). I would prefer to do the above with Finer Wine Kits as we know that they are 100% varietal, whereas other kits are usually already blends (and the manufacturers do not tell us what the blend comprises).

Or, with a single kit you could do two different yeasts, and/or oak one and not the other, use fining agents in one and not the other, ferment with and without skins/raisins/fpac, ferment at different temperatures, bottle one in 6-8 weeks and bulk age the other for a year before bottling. All sorts of variations which could make for interesting differences without even blending kits.
 

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If you bought two kits which blend well together you could make 4 different 3 gallon wines. For instance a Cabernet and a Merlot kit, 1 100% Cab, 2 100% Merlot, 3 67 or 75% Cab, balance Merlot, 4 exact opposite of 3. If you added a 3rd wine you could do even more combinations (another Bordeaux varietal, or Sangiovese, etc.). I would prefer to do the above with Finer Wine Kits as we know that they are 100% varietal, whereas other kits are usually already blends (and the manufacturers do not tell us what the blend comprises).

Or, with a single kit you could do two different yeasts, and/or oak one and not the other, use fining agents in one and not the other, ferment with and without skins/raisins/fpac, ferment at different temperatures, bottle one in 6-8 weeks and bulk age the other for a year before bottling. All sorts of variations which could make for interesting differences without even blending kits.
I can definitely do that. I have a 3 gallon Shiraz that has been bulk aging for about 6 months now. Thinking I will start a cab. Thanks!
 

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I wouldn't think there would be too many smaller kits, not very cost effective or space effective. I ended up with one 5-gallon carboy and one 1.5- liter bottle from one '6 gallon' kit. My carboys hold 1 to 3 quarts more than marked, incluing the 3 gallon.
 

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Go to Williams Brewing…..


They have 3 gallon wine kits, both white and red.
Very interesting kits and concentrates from Williams, I think that they may be getting their concentrates from the same place in Lodi where Finer Wine Kits does, as some of the language is very similar:

William's California Wine Concentrates are made from 100% Central Valley varietal wine grapes, picked at their peak and gently concentrated with minimum heat (never exceeding 180 degrees F.) under vacuum to 68 Brix. Sugar has not been added, nor is sugar needed to make 5 gallons of full-bodied varietal wine.

The 192 ounces [= 5.68 liters] of concentrate included in each pack is enough to make 5 gallons of wine with an alcohol content of 12 to 13%. Contains sulfiltes, so you do not need to add them before fermentation. Our California Wine Concentrates are also acid balanced, so you do not need to add acid or do an acid titration test (unless you want to).

IMMEDIATE REFRIGERATION IS REQUIRED ONCE THIS CONCENTRATE IS RECEIVED
 

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I know this isn't the answer you're looking for, but my suggestion is to bite the bullet and do a couple regular 6 gallon kits. This hobby has a way of snowballing, and before you know it you'll be making 4 kits at a time wondering if you should attempt making wine from grapes.

Remember, you can age these wines. If you drank a kit over a 3 year period, for example, that would only give you 10 bottles each year from that kit. If that's still too much for you, find a friend that would be interested in making it with you or paying you for half the bottles.

The blending option is a great idea. However, you may end up with 60 very similar tasting bottles, as opposed to making 2 very different kits and not blending them. Just my thoughts.
 

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I'm making a 5 gallon merlot and 5 gallon chardonnay from Williams Brewery. So far they smell great, and the sg was 1.10 and 1.15
 

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I think others alluded to it but perhaps you might have more luck finding 6 gallon kits and split it into two, as long as you don't try to keep the second half around for long after you break the seal.
 
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