The kit consists of four packets of yeast, a rubber bung, plastic funnel and lid, labels and the all-important instructions, and the ultimate goal is to turn juice into sparkling wine in 24 hours. All you need is an empty bottle with a VERY wide neck (if the juice is in a carton), a little bit of water and some glasses to enjoy...
The process is incredibly simple:
|Pour the juice into a bottle|
|Add the yeast|
|Fill the top half way with water and |
add the cap
|Leave to ferment for at least 24 hours!|
As you can see, I used Raspberry and Cranberry juice (as recommended by the team) and had to pour the juice into this plastic milk bottle as any others I had spare were not wide enough to accommodate the bung! I did find a problem using this type of bottle, but I will explain this later. In my second try I used Still Pink Lemonade and luckily the juice came in a bottle that had a wide enough neck, and this worked a treat!
The process itself is as simple as it looks - it's so easy - and the good news is you are left with a fruity, fizzy, slightly alcoholic beverage in the end which I think is ideal for drinks before a night out! I drank the Pink Lemonade wine myself (lovely flavour) and took the Cranberry and Raspberry variety to a family gathering - everybody said it was tasty and that it was incredibly sweet. I have a major sweet tooth (have I mentioned that before?!), so the wine was perfect for me, but for those who aren't as sweet as me, maybe drink this in small doses...
|Still Pink Lemonade Sparkling Wine!|
Finally, my third piece of advice is to drink your wine within a couple of days; I drank most of my Pink Lemonade variety the night after making it, however a week later I still had a glass left so I thought I'd treat myself. Little did I know that juice had continued fermenting and BOOM! as I opened the bottle the lid blew off and there was 'smoke' billowing out of it! I still tried to drink it but it was too strong - so make sure your wine is not left too long either!
Overall, I was very happy with the kit. The wine still tasted fruity and zesty (in the lemonade example) but had a little kick - very tasty - and thanks to the instructions and juice suggestions on the Drinks-Lab website, it was no fuss at all! As I said, I did encounter a couple of mishaps, but nothing too major that would make me think badly of this kit; for £9.99, you can't go wrong!