When looking at home wine making, there are many pros and cons to using a home wine making kit. This article will discuss both in an attempt to highlight those pros and cons.
Some of the pros to using a home wine making kit are basic in that the home wine making kit provides instructions for the inexperienced wine maker. They are very often easy to use and come with all the necessary chemicals needed to make a fortified wine. They are also quite inexpensive. This helps the wine grower in producing many wines in a short period if he or she wishes to sell the wine when done fermenting and bottling.
The home wine making kit also provides a system for producing a quality product that provides for all the needs of the wine maker. The actual juice for the kit comes in concentrated form, which you then would reconstitute, and the winemaking follows a very simple process outlined in the detailed instructions included with each kit. The wine is usually bottled after six to ten weeks. This provides a quick turnaround time for the wine maker.
Some of the drawbacks of using a wine kit are numerous. The main complaint or con to making wine from a kit is that the kit wine tends to lack some of the depth and intensity of wines made from fresh or frozen fruit, since the juice usually comes from concentrate. Another drawback is that often times certain things will get mixed into the batch that shouldn’t be there out of carelessness or afterthought. Some juices often get mixed in that make the wine too tart or too bland.
Some of the natural juices often can evaporate. Also you have to be careful that you time your wine correctly. A lot of patience is involved in making sure the proper steps are followed and maintained. Also, one must really take the time to watch the mixture in case of problems so the recipe comes out the way it should.
All in all, the pros and cons to wine making with a kit shore up on the positive side as long as you follow the specific directions.