Less is More...yep. I made 7 Fontana kits... Used 4 gal. Spring water and topped off with deep well water. It's worked for me. Used Cane sugars simple syrup also and used a can of frozen grape concentrate to sweeten with. Newbie fear is part of the learning process. Wine making is the nearest thing to creative Artist and creative Cheff...all in one experience. Make the wine your own... eventually. Good sipping!