Thursday, June 12, 2008
Picked up a new wine kit this afternoon
I had a little bit of time between an afternoon appointment and getting to the evening job, so I stopped by my brew supply store, Lumina Winery, and I let Dave, the owner, talk me into giving a R.J. Sphttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifagnols wine kit a shot. I got a , in the Australian Shiraz type. This will be the second grape wine I've made, the first being a Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay that actually came out pretty good. My dad, the wine snob, even enjoyed that Chardonnay, so if this wine comes out as good I'll be real happy.
Unlike the beermaking, which isn't really saving much money over Miller High Life, but produce much better beer, winemaking presents a big potential savings over store bought. At a little more than $60 for a decent wine kit, which produces 28-30 750ml bottles, you pay just a bit more than $2 per bottle. Many of the items needed to make wine are the same ones used for making beer, so I didn't have a huge bunch of expenses for new equipment. The most expensive tool for wine so far has been the Portuguese Floor Corker, which is an awesome piece of equipment, and I highly recommend one if you get into the hobby.
Father's Day this year should be fun, with plans so far to included both a batch of beer and a batch of wine on the fermenting stand by the end of the day.
(I borrowed the picture above from wine.appellationamerica.com)