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Posted in thread: vacuum suction question on 01-29-2011 at 01:58 PM
I am building a vacuum racking/degassing system and have a question about the strength of pump
I need. I found a pump on e-bay that has the following specs:OIL FREE THOMAS COMPRESSOR VACUUM
Posted in thread: SG has been a 1.000 for 3 weeks on 11-18-2010 at 12:32 AM
Zinns can sometimes have a little residual sugar, depending on where the starting SG level. A
dry Zinn will be about .998 so 1.000 sounds like it will be "jammy". I like my zinns that
way.If it is sti...
Posted in thread: Purchased Syrah grapes and new to wine making on 10-25-2010 at 03:27 PM
The bugs and raisins are fine. I leave them in. All wine has earwigs and spiders in it.
Seriously, all that stuff settles out when it clears. I wouldn't bother with the pectic enzyme
in a red wine. Th...
Posted in thread: Purchased Syrah grapes and new to wine making on 10-22-2010 at 12:41 PM
I looked at my notes and forgot to add that around 10-12 brix it started to smell a little
sulphur-y so I added 2 teaspoons DAP and stirred it a bit to get some oxygen in there and the
smell went away...
Posted in thread: Purchased Syrah grapes and new to wine making on 10-22-2010 at 12:34 PM
One of my first wines was a Napa Syrah from fresh grapes and it practically made itself. If you
let it sit for a day, and can't sulphite it, be sure and keep it cold (below 60) to keep it
Posted in thread: Oak cubes not floating? on 09-20-2010 at 09:44 AM
I added oak cubes to my mead and they floated for a little while but when I checked on it
today, the cubes are sitting on the bottom of the carboy. How does that work? They are wood,
Posted in thread: mead from pomace on 09-10-2010 at 11:19 PM
I am planning on making mead with the pomace from my Zinn this year. Has anyone else done this?
Does anyone have any recommendations on a good honey flavor to use? I am thinking either
wildflower or o...
Posted in thread: Bottled my first wine,OOOPS. on 08-09-2010 at 12:18 AM
Speaking of messes, while bottling a Syrah out of a 3Gallon Better Bottle, I didn't take into
consideration that plastic is way lighter than glass and when there was about 1-2 liters left,
the bottle ...
Posted in thread: Potassium Sorbate in Prunes? on 07-31-2010 at 12:47 PM
I want to use some prunes for mouth-feel and noticed after buying them that they are preserved
with Potassium Sorbate. Will boiling the plums lower the content of K-Sorb?Also, I have a plum
tree, but ...
Posted in thread: slow fermentation with D-47 yeast on 06-20-2010 at 03:33 AM
OK. I added 1 tsp of DAP. Another thing that concerns me. Should I move it to secondary and cut
off the air space while it takes a while to ferment out?