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  • Posted in thread: 5 Gallon Once Used Bourbon Barrel on 03-31-2017 at 03:13 PM
    We used to buy 53 gallon barrels from Schenley Distillery in Pennsylvania and use them for a
    wine we made of 75% Zinfandel and 25% Muscat. The barrels cost $5 at the time and they probably
    had that mu...

  • Posted in thread: Weight of grapes to grape juice conversion on 03-31-2017 at 03:07 PM
    Many years ago when I made wine from grapes and lugs were 42 pounds, not 36, we could bank on
    about 3 gallons of finished wine per lug, net. That worked out to about 14 pounds per gallon of
    finished w...

  • Posted in thread: Cabernet Sauvignon? on 03-30-2017 at 05:53 PM
    Steve, from personal experience it would be difficult to give a definitive answer. My
    experience with Chilean juice is that it varies markedly from year to year. One year I made a
    Cabernet Sauvignon a...

  • Posted in thread: What's for Dinner? on 03-27-2017 at 06:49 AM
    What kind of bacon is that?Looks like turkey bacon, Jim.

  • Posted in thread: Screw Caps??? on 03-27-2017 at 06:44 AM
    I believe most of us use corks but there are some who will chime in here who use screw caps. I
    thought by your post title you were making a statement.I did too. I thought Twistevine might be
    the reinc...

  • Posted in thread: Making multiple kits at once on 03-24-2017 at 01:22 PM
    I have never done 5 kits but I have done 4 at one time in 30 gallon Brute. I did use 5x the
    water but I cut down on the yeast. I think I used 3 in a 4x batch and I know that I have used 2
    in a 3x batc...

  • Posted in thread: Adding Commercial Wine to Homemade Wine on 03-22-2017 at 06:21 AM
    1 bottle added to a 6G carboy represents ~0.03% of the total volume of wine in the carboy. No
    chance you will be able to detect or improve your wine from that small amount.I am sure Mike
    meant 3% or a...

  • Posted in thread: Cap Punching Technique on 03-19-2017 at 06:09 AM
    Chris, there is a practical limitation to punching down the cap and that is the time it takes
    for the cap to form. I had to chuckle when I saw the title of this post. "Punching down the
    cap" was one o...

  • Posted in thread: Empty cases on 03-16-2017 at 02:38 PM
    Thanks, Mike. I am in Powell, Ohio and I have gotten boxes from Trader Joes in Dublin. The
    problem with them is they normally cut off the top of the box. They are fine for storing empty
    bottles but no...

  • Posted in thread: Empty cases on 03-16-2017 at 09:34 AM
    Does anyone have a source for empty wine cases? I will need to package about 800 bottles of
    wine for safe storage and shipment. I would like the cases and the dividers and have the
    ability to seal the...

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