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Posted in thread: Wine kits not degassing on 06-23-2011 at 10:13 AM
You've just stumbled across one of the dirty little secrets of the kit-wine industry. Kits
almost always take more degassing than the instructions say, usually way more. Did you use a
Posted in thread: RJ Spagnols Grand Cru Washington Merlot on 06-07-2011 at 02:24 PM
Still stirring 2 times a day. This stuff looks & smells great! foaming & bubbling like crazy. I
will be testing the sg on day 6. That's Thursday.Think I'm going to rack it into my coopers
beer making ...
Posted in thread: what would you do... on 02-23-2011 at 03:46 PM
I would take a different approach than most of the responses I see. I would leave a case or so
untouched and plan to drink it within a year. Then take the other half and dump the wine back
into the ca...
Posted in thread: changes in taste with aging...? on 01-29-2011 at 08:26 PM
Paul: That's actually a pretty good question, one I could as easily ask as answer after 2 1/2
years of doing wine kits (and my experience is just in kits, so take it for what it's worth).I
have found ...
Posted in thread: Low S.G. After Primary on 01-29-2011 at 12:53 PM
If you are using a plastic bucket, would you top off at the same level before fermentation
started? If not, does topping off to the very top of the bucket dilute the final product?BobYou
don't top up ...
Posted in thread: Early Drinkable Wine on 01-26-2011 at 07:22 PM
I am surprised by how good the Winexpert World Vineyards Trinity Red is at only 4 months,
though I don't plan to open a full bottle until at least 6 months.It's not Italian, but it
would go nicely wit...
Posted in thread: What's your favorite grape wine? on 01-25-2011 at 07:07 PM
Chardonnay (or pinot gris or viognier) and Cab.
Posted in thread: Is this wine OK? on 01-24-2011 at 03:27 PM
I don't understand why you're expecting bubbles if it's done fermenting. If it's fermented and
degassed I would not expect to see bubbles in the airlock.Jim
Posted in thread: Final SG never as low as the kit instructions say on 01-23-2011 at 07:33 PM
I have two hydrometers. One says everything has too low a starting gravity; the other says
everything has too high a final gravity. As another guy said, think of hydrometers as sundials,
not Swiss wat...
Posted in thread: Sterilize corks with B-Brite? on 01-23-2011 at 07:25 PM
Do not bother sanitizing corks with anything (and quit thinking about "sterilizing." That
doesn't happen outside hospitals.) Corks out of the package are just fine. Don't sweat over
little things, and...