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i was just thinking that if we had a dish and everytime we drink a bottle of wine we put $5.00 for cheaper wines and $10.00 for the better wines in the dish . It wouldn't take long to have enough money aside to buy another kit .Since any bottle of wine we buy is atleast $10.00 thats a deal . Could even put less money in and still it would add up quickly .
 

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Darlene, have you ever made wine from juice and not a kit. It's alot cheaper and with experience you can create your own blends.

I have never made a kit except for two Vinteer's fruit base cans. I've used Regina juice from Calif. or made wine from fruit, apples, mangos, berries etc.

This way you would only add 1 to 2 dollars per bottle.
 

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I have Peach, Pear, Blueberry wine that I paid NOTHING for the fruit. The $ in it is for what I spent on chemicals.
SO. YES I can confirm making fruit wines can be much cheaper.
 

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Good idea but dont have that kind of money to do that and thats why I make my own wine! :h
 

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Darlene, have you ever made wine from juice and not a kit. It's alot cheaper and with experience you can create your own blends.

I have never made a kit except for two Vinteer's fruit base cans. I've used Regina juice from Calif. or made wine from fruit, apples, mangos, berries etc.

This way you would only add 1 to 2 dollars per bottle.
Yes I have made a few batches of wine from juice but they are not the same as kit wines . I'm not talking about fruit wines ,I'm talking about wines like liebfraumilch and gewurztraminer that you can't just whip up from scratch .
 

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As bad as times are down here in the Florida housing industry, anytime I try to save money for anything, it only takes a week of nothing coming in for my "special money" to become the light bill or phone bill! :dg
It's a pain to work for yourself and end up making what you would at a Walmart for minumun wage, but that is my lot in life right now.
It's not a lot, but it is a life.
 

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I have never made a kit except for two Vinteer's fruit base cans. I've used Regina juice from Calif. or made wine from fruit, apples, mangos, berries etc.
Sorry Steve, but I have made a Regina juice wine...it was poor...I would not make again. And I hear conflicting reports on Vintner's fruit bases..some say good others not. Plus not available in Canada.

I have Peach, Pear, Blueberry wine that I paid NOTHING for the fruit. The $ in it is for what I spent on chemicals.
SO. YES I can confirm making fruit wines can be much cheaper.
Unfortunately not everyone has access to free fruit.

Steve
 

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Wish you were here Steve. I could turn you loose on pie cherries, currants, probably mulberries but havn't checked lately, will have crab apples a little later this summer and maybe chokecherries and elderberries. free for the taking if you don't mind standing in the sun in 90 degree plus heat. Arne.
 

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Used many of the Harvest fruit wine bases and they are all good IMo as long as you make the 3 gallon recipe, I find the 5 gallon recipe a little weak and use 2 per 6 gallon batch. I have not made the Regina but have tried one wine that friend near me made and I didnt like it, could have just been the person that made it though.
 

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Wish you were here Steve. I could turn you loose on pie cherries, currants, probably mulberries but havn't checked lately, will have crab apples a little later this summer and maybe chokecherries and elderberries. free for the taking if you don't mind standing in the sun in 90 degree plus heat. Arne.
Thanks Arne. A friend and I made crab apple wine when I lived in Regina Saskatchewan. The buddy had three trees that finally produced a big crop. I don't currently know anybody with trees/bushes. Won't mind trying a batch of cherry wine.

Steve
 

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Steve, if you're coming down this way to see a game soon now is the time they're picking cherries in Northeast. I imagine taking them back across the boarder could be an issue though.
 

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Steve, if you're coming down this way to see a game soon now is the time they're picking cherries in Northeast. I imagine taking them back across the boarder could be an issue though.
I'm pretty sure that bringing tree fruit into Ontario is a no-no. It certainly used to be. I haven't been asked about fruit in the last year or more though.

There's lots of cherry trees in this area, but I would have to pay (and I'm cheap and have lots of wine already) cause I don't know anybody with trees.

STeve
 

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Used many of the Harvest fruit wine bases and they are all good IMo as long as you make the 3 gallon recipe, I find the 5 gallon recipe a little weak and use 2 per 6 gallon batch. I have not made the Regina but have tried one wine that friend near me made and I didnt like it, could have just been the person that made it though.
Im interested in trying to use these harvest fruit wine bases and was worried about it being a little weak for making a 6 gallon batch. I was actually thinking of adding two different types of wine bases to make a 6 gallon batch... I was thinking of picking up the vintners harvest fruit bases of strawberry and kiwi and combining the two to make a 6 gallon batch. Any ideas if this will turn out ok since a 5 gallon only calls for one can of bases. I see that you said it was a little weak so thats why I was considering adding two different types.
 

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