Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

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  1. wineforfun

    wineforfun Still Trying To Make The Perfect Wine and Now Tryi

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    Ok Joe, off to the races with the Fontana Shiraz.
    Tweaks made to base kit of juice.
    - Added 1 cup heavy toast chips
    - Added 1 tsp tannin
    - Switched yeast and went with Red Star Pasteur Red
    - Made an fpac from 6 pz. blueberries and 6 oz. blackberries simmered down in 1/2 cup merlot. Once cooled, added to must.
    SG 1.096

    Started it Saturday morning, fermenting away nicely so far.
     
  2. joeswine

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    So far so good next time. Just add the fruit in right off the stove the heat will help not hurt.... keep us informed..
     
  3. Mismost

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    WOW! I am looking for the Shiraz kit right now. Where did you get yours wineforfun?

    I want this kit to:
    1. tweak
    2. blend with the Malbec

    That may not be an "offical" wine style....but it sounds good to me. We did a little bottle blending with these two and liked the results.

    What do you think Joe? I mean you rocked boat with your tweaking. Imagine what would happen if we start blending these step children together!!:h
     
  4. wineforfun

    wineforfun Still Trying To Make The Perfect Wine and Now Tryi

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    Why will the heat help?
     
  5. wineforfun

    wineforfun Still Trying To Make The Perfect Wine and Now Tryi

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    Ordered mine from Walmart.com. 38.95 w/free shipping. Amazon is same price but they were out.
     
  6. joeswine

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    It could Temp the wine's temperature to start fermentation if not no harm and you move through the process with out waiting.
     
  7. wineforfun

    wineforfun Still Trying To Make The Perfect Wine and Now Tryi

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    I gotcha. I assumed that is what you were getting at but thought I would double check.
     
  8. joeswine

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    Cheap kits

    you could blend to your hearts content there's no limit to your creativity make it your own, try and learn.
     

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    Testing for posting pics
     
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    1 contents.jpg will try again with a blackberry zinfendal
     

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    this is the balance of the thread..
     

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    will get there....im learning slow but sure......
     
  13. joeswine

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    how are we doing in the cheap wine tweaking world?
     
  14. Mismost

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    I had a few sips of the latest Fontana malbec...3rd or 4th time with this kit...this may be the best one yet. But, I spent an extra 10 bucks on canned fruit...cherry, plums, and blackberries to so it better be good!
    In secondary now for two weeks...tasted young still a little yeasty but there was some warmth and goodness in there too.

    I saw Gerald's post on jalapeno red wine....I may do a gallon or so, dry hop the peppers like beer hops....in fact, I'm thinking of using just the seeds (in a small bag)...keep tweaking!
     
  15. Trick

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    Enjoying tweaking cheap kits with the great ideas from this thread.
    Making wine like cooking, Haha. Mind opening. Thx Joe for sharing.
     
  16. benchmstr

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    im thinking about doing the Fontana cabernet kit, and adding 1lb of blackberries, pectic enzymes, and some cracked black pepper. just have to finish up 2 batches currently brewing

    the bench
     
  17. joeswine

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    Good morning cheap wine kit makers and yes it can be entertaining to the mind pics should be coming back soon I hope.Benchmstr, just use the berries and the chems that comes with the kit nothing else required just remember to saute the fruit ..,Trick glad you're having fun stay the course and as always think outside the box.
     
  18. benchmstr

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    you don't think I will have a haze problem with the blackberries?

    the bench
     
  19. joeswine

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    no ,not at all, let time be your partner, use the chems. as dirrected
     

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    pics of TOM'S CHEAP WINE KIY T
     

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