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  • winemaking

    Out of curiosity does anyone on the forum also make wine?
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  • #2
    I've got a grape vine that I'm going to harvest in Feb and see if I can whip up a wine. I've been watering it almost exclusively with recycled beer and spent grains and last year's grapes were amazing.
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    • #3
      I made wine from mine last Feb, wine was pretty good. This year the heat killed my main vine, had to plant again
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      • #4
        Would love to try it some day.
        Most of the Canadian beer brewers also make wine & apparently it's easier than beer, especially using the kits.
        They also rave about how cheap it is, but I don't really find the kits here in SA something to be called cheap
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        • #5
          Dave at national food products is looking at importing reasonably priced kits next year. So might be worth it. Would love to try a kit, but brewcraft is the only place that stocks 30 bottle kits and they work out about the same as cheap wine...
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          • #6
            Originally posted by DieBaas View Post
            I've got a grape vine that I'm going to harvest in Feb and see if I can whip up a wine. I've been watering it almost exclusively with recycled beer and spent grains and last year's grapes were amazing.
            Recycled beer ?
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            • #7
              There is a company somewhere in stellenbosch that supplies grape juice from local vineyards to home wine makers
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              • #8
                Originally posted by defender110 View Post
                Recycled beer ?
                I drink lots of homebrew then I'm too lazy too walk to the toilet so I vacate my bladder on the vine. Best grapes I've had.
                Primary: APA
                Bottled: Quad, tripel, K@K red ale
                Keg 1: Weiss. 2: Weiss. Keg 3: Air. Keg 4: Air
                Next up: world domination

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by defender110 View Post
                  There is a company somewhere in stellenbosch that supplies grape juice from local vineyards to home wine makers

                  Do you have a name for them? The only place I've found sells enough to make 60 bottles for R4000 without transport...
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Andreas View Post
                    Do you have a name for them? The only place I've found sells enough to make 60 bottles for R4000 without transport...

                    Distillique has some DIY kits that is not nearly that expensive

                    http://distillique.co.za/distilling_shop/32-diy-kits
                    Primary: APA
                    Bottled: Quad, tripel, K@K red ale
                    Keg 1: Weiss. 2: Weiss. Keg 3: Air. Keg 4: Air
                    Next up: world domination

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DieBaas View Post
                      Distillique has some DIY kits that is not nearly that expensive

                      http://distillique.co.za/distilling_shop/32-diy-kits

                      True, but the kit contains yeast, yeast nutrient, steriliser, oak chips, clarifier, an airlock, a fermenter and stabiliser. Bought one. Its awesome for when you have fruit at home or access to decent juice. Used it to make 12 bottles of Catawba Rosť from my own grapevine. Barbeton 's weather isn't good for european wine grapes, so that's all I can grow. Brewcraft has a range of wine expert kits that go for 865 and make 30 bottles of medium bodied wine, but have yet to try them...
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                      • #12
                        I only whine when my beer glass is empty.

                        Beer is way more complex in all respects: taste, process, etc

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                        • #13
                          I've always found winemaking to be an art while beer brewing is more of a science. With wine its very hard to make good wine from anything but good ingriedients. With beer you can make good beer from even marginal ingredients...IMHO
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by DieBaas View Post
                            I drink lots of homebrew then I'm too lazy too walk to the toilet so I vacate my bladder on the vine. Best grapes I've had.
                            Lol ..........
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Andreas View Post
                              Do you have a name for them? The only place I've found sells enough to make 60 bottles for R4000 without transport...
                              I found them online a while ago and an in depth search today didn't bring them up , sorry
                              I do know that my wife's cousin , who makes wine at home , actually goes to wine farms and books the production of a certain section ( row , block or whatever ) and then harvests it himself for his wine making
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