Chardonnay Wine Buddy kit review
Chardonnay is one of my favourite wines and it is perfect for the warm summer days in the garden with friends and family. For this reason, when I started making wine, I decided that I was going to give making it a go using one of the kits that are on market. If I am totally honest I didn’t do much research. I wasn’t sure how it would work so I brought the cheapest one I could find. This happened to be the Chardonnay Wine Buddy kit that I brought.
The kit arrived quickly and I was really excited to try it. I wasn’t convinced that you could produce a drinkable Chardonnay in the space of a week but I was willing to give it a go. I was either going to have 30 bottles of half-decent wine or 30 bottles to pour down the drain. With this in mind, I opened the box and read the instructions.
The instructions were clearly printed and easy to understand, even for a novice like myself. One of the things I liked about the Chardonnay Wine Buddy kit was how easy it seemed to make it. The hardest part was figuring out how to use the hydrometer to work out what the sugar level was at the start. This was really hard because I had never done it before and the instructions seemed a little confusing. In the end, I turned to good old YouTube to show me how to do it.
The wine takes about seven days to make. For the first six days you basically need to leave it to do its thing. On the sixth day you need to add the finings to help it clear any remaining sediment. This is done three times, each one an hour apart. You then need to leave it to clear for 24 hours and once this is done you actually have drinkable wine!
Once you’ve left the wine to settle for 24 hours you need to siphon it off into a separate container. This is where the fun really begins!