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Old 03-21-2017, 10:32 AM   #11
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Welcome to the forum.

The most important part of wine-making to really enjoy is the process. There is a long "flash to bang" time (to use an Army expression) of getting to the final product, so it's important to enjoy the journey!
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Old 03-21-2017, 07:14 PM   #12
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Craig, definitely open to getting chemistry questions! I will say I still dont understand the computer thing very well. I took one programming course in college and I pretty much lived in the teacher's office haha. I have tried so hard to like beer over the years, but I keep running into one problem - beer has a beery taste! If you have recipes for not beer tasting beer (like an alcohol-y fruit juice that isn't wine), I would love to try some out
Im with you on the beer.
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:39 PM   #13
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Im with you on the beer.
LOL Keith I take it you are more of a mead person. I have never tried that before. Would that be something a not beer but wine drinker would enjoy. Its the bitterness of the beer that gets me :P

 
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I have bees and access to all sorts of fruits for free and a willingness to fail.
For my money I think strawberry FULLY degassed or a sweet cranberry, make a wine you can sip on the patio or use to wash down food.
Early tastes before degassing have a flat beer taste but its temperary.
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For my money I think strawberry FULLY degassed or a sweet cranberry, make a wine you can sip on the patio or use to wash down food.
I've got a cranberry wine I'm going to bottle in the next few weeks. I saw many differing ideas on how much to back sweeten. I think I took it up to 1.006. I might need to make a sweeter one next time to see the difference. How sweet would you take the cranberry?
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When my.wife says your there its sweet enough.the first batch I did blew off a couple of corks so is back in carboy. Ill test a batch of apple cran that I like and post. Its a simi sweet.
Thinking about mixing a bit of jaom with some for thsnksgiving. Cranberry sauce in a bottle.
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I took mine to an s.g. of 1.012 and thought it was on the money.

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Old 03-22-2017, 05:16 PM   #18
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I havent thought of cranberry wine, but that sounds perfect for getting tipsy on Thanksgiving!

That is also a good idea to measure SG after sweetening. I usually just add sugar/ fruit concentrate until it tastes sweet enough, but that probably isn't the best way to quantitatively try different levels of sweet.

 
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I didnt measure after and haven't finnished any thing since discovering I might should.
Seems the way to correctly to categorize for competitions. ??
Ill measure next time I open some. Has been up and down for taste. Was great going in the bottle. Opened some 2 months latter and it tasted watered down. Left it out for half an hr and it tasted like cleaner. Its been bottled since dec 1 and going to a big 4/20 weekend gold camp trip. Lots of folks. Will be opening some there, I ll check it before I go.
We buy a brand we find at the or coast. And going there next week. Ill measure it too. Bought some for my world traveling aunt she descibed it as yummy.
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