Wine Making Starter Kits

Master Vintner Small Batch Wine Starter Kits (cabernet Sauvignon)

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I just completed my first batch of wine using this kit. Overall I was pleased. It came with everything that was stated and was well packaged. The instructions were concise and easy to follow. An added bonus is that Northern Brewery has a How-to YouTube video on using this kit. The wine I made was a cabernet sauvignon. About a month later, I ended up with 5 bottles of drinkable wine! While its not the best wine I've ever had, I was quite satisfied.

So why not five stars? Well there were 2 minor issues that I had. The first one is that some of the equipment felt kinda....cheap. In particular, the wine thief and the auto-siphon. The wine thief did not do the best job holding wine and I found myself having to transfer several small amounts at a time to the test beaker. The auto-siphon did not have the best seal, taking several pumps to get a flow going. The second problem was the chemicals. More sodium metabisulfite could have been included. I feel like I had to be very conservative with the amount given if it was going to last through the entire process. Being able to liberally sanitize your equipment seems like a good idea, and I easily would of paid a little more to do that. Also, make sure you note the amount of each chemical you are adding, as the instructions just refer to then as "packets". This makes brewing a second batch difficult since I have to re-order most of the ingredients.

These were just minor complains, so I still recommend this kit to anyone looking to try out wine making. Cheers!

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