Big Kits

“Quantity has a quality all of its own.” -R K Ratch Someone once said, “good things come in small packages.” I’m pretty sure this was a shopkeeper who sold very small consumer products, or a packaging company specializing in teeny cardboard boxes. While it’s true that size is not necessarily an accurate gauge of relative worth, sometimes it’s an indicator that a bit more has been stuffed into something. And that thing might be a wine kit. If you’re a regular user or consumer of kit wines, you’ve seen the variety of sizes available on your local home winemaking center’s shelves. Metrically manufactured they go from five liters to 7.5, 10, 15, 16, 18 and 23, so you can make the traditional 6-gallon (23-L) batch from a starting point of one and a half gallons up to the full six with no water addition. The usual reason for escalating volume is to accommodate fresh juice into the kit. Concentrate is usually made to a sugar level (usually referred to, not entirely accurately, as Brix) of 72 percent. It only takes