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Old 02-17-2017, 06:01 PM   #151
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This isn't giving me any confidence in buying Chilean juice buckets or grapes this spring.
Ted, I've never had issues with a Chilean batch, whether a white juice bucket or a red bucket with added lugs of grapes. At one point I had issues getting MLF to complete, but that was due to "operator error" since I wasn't mixing up the carboy on a regular basis. Once I did, MLF completed pretty quickly. At this point (not including my Fall batches from California), my Chilean batches have produced my best wine, in my humble opinion. Just had a bottle of Merlot/Cab Sauv/Malbec (April 2015) from my wine sanctuary, and it was especially tasty (I'll bring a bottle down when we eventually meet up). So don't let others' issues keep you from trying. Buckets from Harford are very affordable, so if they don't work you only lost the price of a cheapy kit (most buckets are around $56 or less for six gallons).
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Old 02-17-2017, 06:14 PM   #152
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Thanks Craig. Interesting. Maybe this spring I will start with baby steps. Get a couple lugs of grapes, squeeze and focus on the skins as an addition to my kits. After I get my hands dirty I can judge better for the fall harvest and what I may want to do with US grapes and juices. I'm looking forward to your visit along with whoever else is available to come by.

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Jim, at this point are you going by the pH alone and don't care about the TA? Just curiosity.
pH and taste. Neither are good.
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Makes me wish testing for Total SO2 were both cheaper and more accurate.
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Ted, don't lose faith on my account. I haven't nailed this down yet, and for all I know, it could be operator error. I have two other batches of Chilean reds that are decent, at a minimum.
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Ted, don't lose faith on my account. I haven't nailed this down yet, and for all I know, it could be operator error. I have two other batches of Chilean reds that are decent, at a minimum.
No worries, it's not just this. It's a combination of this and my available time, space, and equipment, etc. I will get there, baby steps first though I think is best for me now. I'd enjoy playing with fresh and frozen skins and maybe some fresh crushed juice from them as a substitute for part of the water addition in kits.

 
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