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Winemaking is a deceptively simple process; just mix your varietal grape juice with yeast, and let it ferment for four months before bottling. Unlike brewing, which requires you to boil malt with hops to create fermentable wort, winemaking does not require a boiling pot, forced cooling, or delicate liquid yeast cultures to produce great wine. Great wine does require good quality varietal grape juice, undiluted by added sugar or generic concentrate, and it also needs extended aging periods of 3 to 6 months for whites, and 6 months or more for reds. Our Home Winery includes everything you need to make wine making easy and satisfying. The Siphonless Fermenter with invert tube transfer valve makes it easy to complete the initial 25 day stage of fermentation, and the unbreakable PET carboy with airlock and valve makes the following secondary fermentation easy. Siphoning is not required at any stage of the process. Other supplies include Brewer’s Edge® Cleanser, for cleaning your fermenters and bottles, stirring spoon, a precision hydrometer (needed to know when your wine has finished fermenting and is safe to bottle), hydrometer jar, 4 feet of transfer tubing for the Siphonless Fermenter, and all needed airlocks and stoppers. Once you bottle your finished wine from the Carboy with the included Bottle Filler, the optional Ferrari Bench Corker makes corking your bottles easy. Unlike hand corkers which require a lot of force and often damage the cork, the rugged steel Ferrari Bench Corker has a long handle for leverage and compresses the cork evenly with its 4 iris-like nylon jaws before it is inserted into the bottle. This makes the cork easy to insert, and prevents any damage to the cork sides as it is pressed. Also included with the Bench Corker Optionn are 100 pure natural corks to fit standard 750 ml wine bottles (bottles not included — salvage your own, or purchase bottles).
Keep in mind that wine does not need a cork to be wine - if you elect not to get the Corker Option, you can still bottle wine in beer bottles or screw cap bottles. Which William’s California Wine Kit to choose? If you like reds and want something that is ready to drink in 6 months or less, pick the rich Petite Sirah, Merlot, or for a lighter red, Pinot. For whites, Riesling can be quite good after only 3 months in the bottle, and Viognier has a smooth fruitiness that develops quickly with touches of pear and apricot in the finish. Making your own wine is satisfying and easy. As long as you ferment great juice, keep everything clean, and give it enough time to age, you will get great wine. Another benefit is the cost savings; the cost of our William’s California Wine Kits works out to under $3.00 per bottle.
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I got this and am pleased with the quality of all the items. The corker is first rate, and very easy to use.
The only problem is I have to wait a few months for the wine to mature!
This is a great kit for people starting out making their own wine, good quality kits that include more than most others offered from other places. When I had a defect in one of my small parts, the amazing customer service from William's blew me away. They really went above and beyond by sending me the new part overnight so I didn't lose any time with the brewing process!!
The quality of the juice is quite good. I rate it 4star. The instructions are better than most. Follow them and you will be producing some very drinkable wine that will surprise your wine snob friends and impress everyone else when you tell them you made this from a kit. It is the siphonless fermenter bucket that brings this review down to Average. You must have the seal Just Right! A little too tight or a little too loose and you will have a leak. In 4 attempts at using it, I have only managed to get it "Just Right" one time. In order to promote and insure domestic tranquility, be sure to check the seal for leaks with some water (filled completely full) before using it and it should be OK. It is just kind of annoying to have to do this extra step every time. Fail to do this and there is an excellent probability that you will be hearing from your Significant Other that "Your $#@*&! stuff is leaking all over the counter AGAIN!
Response from William's: Sounds like a defective Siphonless Fermenter, please contact us at 800-759-6025 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will take care of this.
So, I've been brewing beer with Williams' ingredients for 20 years, and decided it's time to make some wine. It's very difficult to find concentrate recipes without sugar, but as usual Williams stepped up to the plate. Very easy to make; much easier than beer. Substituted Petite Syrah for Merlot and added 1 can of frozen grocery store concentrate with a quart of extra water for a little more body and sweetness. Check back in 9 months!
I got one of these kits for Christmas, 2012 and it is a great kit. I found the instructions succinct and exactly what is needed for a beginning home wine maker. The quality of the items provided was great. I am on my third batch of wine right now and couldn't be happier. I am a new but loyal Williams Brewing customer. If you want to make your own wine, this is the ONLY way to go!
The Siphonless primary fermenter is 6½ gallons, and the Vintage Shop Carboy with spigot (secondary fermenter) is 5 gallons.
Included kits make 5 gallons.