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The original wine kit just got better! Winexpert is pleased to announce exciting news regarding one of the core brands in our portfolio, Vintners Reserve. The wines have undergone significant transformations: they will now not only satisfy the high expectations of winemakers, but simultaneously move the brand forward, competing with commercial wines and besting those of competitor brands in the same category. When you make your first kit you will notice the initial Specific Gravity has increased from 1.070 - 1.085 to 1.080 - 1.097.
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While our wine kits are ready to bottle (depending on the kit) in 28 or 45 days, they're not ready to drink at that point. They still need at least a month to get over the shock of bottling, and to begin opening up to release their aromas and flavours. So one month is the minimum time you should wait, to allow the kit to start tasting good. But to do the wine proper justice, three months is much better, and will allow your wine to show much of its character.
All Winexpert wines will improve with a minimum of three months ageing, and they will continue to improve over time. How long this enhancement will continue successfully depends on factors like the type bottle, the cork you used, and the conditions in which you store the wine.
Bottled wines are dramatically affected by the environment in which you store them. In fact, proper storage conditions are so important to ensuring that your wine is at peak quality when opened, that they should be considered the last unwritten step in the winemaking process. Commercial wineries usually age their wines in bottles, and we prefer bottle ageing for our wines as well.
Bulk ageing – that is, ageing a whole batch of wine in a single large container – is not necessarily preferable to ageing in individual bottles. While each method of ageing wine has pros and cons, there are no particular chemical or biochemical advantages that favour the bulk method over using bottles. Even commercial wineries, when they age their vintages, put the wine in bottles rather than ageing in bulk.
Our Black Pilsner is a dark lager that balances roasted yet smooth malt flavours with moderate hop bitterness. Light to moderate malt flavour, which can have a clean, neutral character to a rich, sweet, Munich-like intensity. Light to moderate roasted malt flavours can give a bitter-chocolate palate that lasts into the finish, but which are never burnt. Medium-low to medium bitterness, which can last into the finish. Light to moderate noble hop flavour. Clean lager character with no fruity esters or diacetyl. Aftertaste tends to dry out slowly and linger, featuring hop bitterness with a complementary but subtle roastiness in the background. Ingredients from our add on pack include 500 60° L Caramel Malt, Chocolate Malt and Hallertau hops. I will be using Wyeast Bavarian Lager - when considering this yeast be aware that the lagering requires a temperature range of 9-13 C.
Delicious flavours of apricot, green apple and peach aromas of Riesling, and the early ripening qualities of Silvaner. A great sipping wine, it's a perfect choice for potato chips (there's nothing like a crisp glass of Muller-Thurgau and some Lay’s chips!), but mostly it's a very satisfying wine to quench a thirst in good company.The Müller-Thurgau, or Rivaner, is the second most widely planted grape in Germany and accounts for about a fifth of the total vineyard area. It is named after Professor Müller of Thurgau, Switzerland, who created it in 1882, by crossing Riesling and Gutedel . It yields about 30% more than Riesling and ripens earlier, usually in the latter part of September. While it requires less sun and makes few demands of the climate, it does need more rain than Riesling, as well as soil with good drainage. Its wines are generally light, with a flowery bouquet and less acidity than Riesling. Müller-Thurgau often carries a hint of Muscat in its flavor. The wines are best consumed while fresh and young. Dry versions are increasingly marketed under the synonym Rivaner. It is grown throughout German wine country.
The original wine kit just got better!
A glossary is an alphabetical list of the specialized terms used in a field of knowledge. Kit winemaking is pretty specialized. And even if much of this terminology is obvious or well-known to experienced winemakers, there is still a real benefit to reading glossaries of things you already know. This helps you keep your knowledge sharp. And for first-time or fairly new winemakers, having one place to look for all these terms is useful as a reminder and as reinforcement of new knowledge.
From reading the side panels on wine kit boxes, you’ll see that Winexpert kits contain concentrate, juice and other winemaking staples like acid and sulphite. However, just how these things came together to make your kit isn’t as obvious. For the most part, about 75% of the methods used to construct wine kits, in the beginning at least, are exactly the methods used in making wine.
One of the most important tools in your wine & beer making process is the hydrometer. The principle of the hydrometer is to measure the density of your wine & beer. As the wine & beer ferments creating alcohol, the hydrometer will sink deeper into the wine & beer, giving you important readings as to the progress of your fermentation.
Did this July whip by faster than usual? Maybe it was the gorgeous heat spell and the excitement of hosting guests for the 100th Stampede? Or the series of late nights working in the brew room to restock the wine racks and beer fridges? No matter, it was a great one. So what says summer more than a berry beer? My next batch will feature Saskatoons. I am going to use clear bottles again, like I did with my Wild Blueberry Cerveza (pictured).
We are pleased to introduce our newest "add on package" used with our Barons Dutch Lager or Canadian Pilsner. We recommend using Bavarian Lager liquid yeast. Black Pilsner would be Schwarzbier, category 4C in the BJCP manual.
Exclusive to The Home Vintner – beer add on packages with instructions and the extra dry ingredients intended to pair with our Barons Beer Kits. (Hop socks and liquid yeast are extra)