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    Default Youngs Definitive range

    I have made quite a few of these kits from the cheap and cheerful end of the spectrum. When I started with wine making again a little over a year ago, the first kit I made was a Youngs Sauvignon Blanc. These are 1 gallon (6 bottle) kits that you need to add sugar to. From the range, I have made the following:

    Sauvignon Blanc (many times)
    Chardonnay (four kits)
    Riesling (once, I don't like this one)
    Zinfandel (twice)
    Cabernet Sauvignon (many times)

    These kits are a great way to get into home wine making as they are so quick to make and can be consumed right away but are better after a little ageing. The Chardonnay and Sauv Blanc kits will usualy ferment to .996 or lower in 5 to 7 days and will clear in 1 to 2 days.

    These kits require sugar to be added at the start so are not the easiest of kit to get started but require very little (if any) attention until fermentation is complete. Rack off the lees, filter (if you have to) then bottle all in one day and the wine will be drinkable within a couple of days.

    I buy these kits from Wilko's for £6.79, by the time you add the cost of the sugar you are looking at £1.25 a bottle, give or take a few pence.

    Easyness of making 4/5
    Flavour 3/5
    Value for money 3/5
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    MD Homebrew are selling these off at £2.99 a go
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    Sure your not on about the CWE kits Bob, I have had a few of them.
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    yes CWE but they are the same concentrates, I'm fairly sure, i can't recall where I got that info, but I'm reasonably sure
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    CWE are fruit or flower kits, the £2.99 offer is fab but the kits are out of date and require fresh yeast.

    I have a CWE blackberry kit that I intend to brew for topping off the real thing.

    I hear that you and Karl were in there the other day buying up all the cheap stuff.
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    Just me buying mate, a bargain just for the concentrate, i got 2 elderberry, 1 gooseberry and 1 elderflower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_S View Post
    CWE are fruit or flower kits,
    Youngs are fruit concentrates too (check the labels )

    I know it says Reisling on the front, but check whats in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lockwood1956 View Post
    Youngs are fruit concentrates too (check the labels )

    I know it says Reisling on the front, but check whats in it.
    Just had a look at this. The kits contain grape concentrate and the Cab Sauv kit also contains elderberry concentrate. Magnum white kits contain apple concentrate and the reds contain elderberry.

    Never looked at the ingrediants before, interesting
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    Quote Originally Posted by lockwood1956 View Post
    MD Homebrew are selling these off at £2.99 a go
    I really wish people would keep information like this off the web.

    I had to de tour last night on the way home, and ended up buying 20 kits. LOL. Thanks bob, always like a bargain.

    There are other interesting shops in that area of Wakefield to.
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    Did you buy anything from the "interesting" shop?
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