In recent months I have taken up brewing, I have made up six 30 bottle 7 day kits. The whole process input from myself from start to bottled has worked out as under two hours, the process itself takes about 7-10 days.
10 minutes to get the kit going, as it’s basically add the packets and water then walk away.
10 minutes to sterilise buckets.
45 minutes to sterilise bottles ready for bottling, tend to do, rinse and shake off, then soak in sterilising solution (did 3 bottles at a time, moving through bottles) and shake, rinse in a bowl of water and shake then lastly add in some tap water and shake. In theory I could cut this step out if I was to buy bottles, however they are currently £1 per bottle, the other method is to use demijohns which I will probably use in the future.
30 minutes to actually bottle. Really just use the Siphon and boom.
The brew kit:
I picked up all the bits from love brewing, though as far as I can see, it’s pretty much a much of a muchness. The kit I picked up was http://www.lovebrewing.co.uk/luxury-wine-starter-pack/ , which contains every I would need.
The wine kits:
I’ve so far picked up 6 kits, started with a wine works one from love brewing, then moved onto wine buddy kits. The wine works one was better quality not needing extra sugar, though was more expensive at £30. Tescos had an offer on the wine buddy kits so got 2 more of those for £10, they changed the offer to make them upto £20 however they had a double voucher value offer, so got another 3 working out as £10 each again.
Firstly, all of them are quite drinkable and I’m pleasantly surprised. In the past I was generally drinking £5 bottles from supermarkets and these compare quite favourably. My personal favourite is between the love brewing kit, the cabernet sauvignon and merlot from wine buddy, though I do prefer red wine!
From left to right, wine works merlot 8 bottles, chardonnnay 15 bottles, cabernet sauvignon 8 bottles, merlot 11 bottles, sauvignon blanc 27 bottles (bottled today) and 22 cabernet sauvignon.
£80 in wine kits
£30 in equipment (love brewing did a combo with a kit for £60)
£15 in sugar
All in all made around 195 bottles of wine, so that’s 64p per bottle including set up fees, pretty awesome if you ask me. (n.b. Not included water costs so it’s a bit more). Also now got everything set up, a £10 kit and sugar at £3 works out as 43p per bottle, pretty crazy.
Going to add another bucket or two to my set up so can have multiple brews on the go and a few demijohns to allow easier bottling. Still having fun with this and will move onto more interesting recipes and probably kits as well over time.