FAQS

Q) Can I make wine with my beer making equipment?

A) The quick answer is YES, most kits can be used to make beer, cider or wine. Many wine recipes will use demijohns but a food grade bucket will do the same job, the main difference being that you will require a second conatiner as wine will need to be "racked off" often more than once. With most beer kits you will ferment in the bucket and then syphon staright to barrel or bottles, with wine you will rack off leaving sediment behind and may need to repeat this several times so you will need more than one food grade bucket or demijohn.

Q) Can I re-use my Screw Top Wine Bottles?

A) Yes, you can re-use Screw Top Wine Bottles by using Novatwist Screw Caps (pack of 12) Fits most screw top wine bottles with a 30mm diameter top. Simply push on and screw to seal. No extra tool needed. The shroud is tamper evident and remains on the bottle when the cap is unscrewed.

Q) Can I use Wine Corks in screw cap wine bottles?

A) Not recommended as screw cap bottles have thinner glass around the neck. The force used to insert the cork may crack the bottle plus the necks of these bottles tend to be slightly wider resulting in a poor seal and potential wine spoilage.

Q) How strong will my beer be?

A) As with any home brew kits, the percentage of alcohol is determined by the quantity of ingredients in relation to the quantity of water.

So if you make a typical 1.7kg single tin beer kit and 1Kg Sugar up to 40 pints, you will achieve approx 4.5 % abv, regardless of the variety.
If you would like this stronger, simply add more sugar/enhancer, decrease the amount of water, or a combination of the two.
If you were to make this kit to 32 pints with an extra 1/2 kilo of sugar, you should achieve around 5.5% to 6% abv.

Q) How strong will my wine be?

A) As with any home wine kits, the percentage of alcohol is determined by the quantity of ingredients in relation to the quantity of water.

So if you make a typical wine kit and follow the instructions, you will achieve approx 11% - 12% abv, regardless of the variety.


If you would like this stronger, simply add more sugar or Grape Juice Concentrate, or decrease the amount of water, or a combination of the two.

Q) How to insert my Balliihoo Traditional Champagne Cork?

A) These mushroom shaped Champagne Corks are designed to be inserted into most standard Champagne Bottles with a 17mm - 19mm top diameter by either pushing them in by hand or gently tapping them in with a rubber mallet. They can be secured with the champagne cage/wire. Champagne Foil Capsules can be added for a truely professional finish.

Q) What is Brewing Sugar?

A) Brewing Sugar is Glucose (often called Dextrose) Ferments Easier, Increases Yield & Gives Cleaner Flavour than regular Sugar.