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Posted in thread: Some animal is eating my grapes...advice needed please on 08-25-2012 at 12:57 PM
But the gap is extremely small???!!!... but yes, I do see grapes on the ground and whole
clusters eaten.My problem raccoon this year is definitely a juvenile. I kicked it out of my
vines a week ago. I...
Posted in thread: Some animal is eating my grapes...advice needed please on 08-25-2012 at 06:51 AM
We have spikes holding the netting to the ground. This morning I saw a few holes dug under the
netting. It is not a large gap/hole so I think it's squirrels. I could probably put down
another 1000 spi...
Posted in thread: Grapes in Illinois for 2012 on 08-24-2012 at 08:28 PM
So Racer, Caputo's sells wine making grapes on their produce stand in market, or is it special
order? I am familiar with the Naperville location.I called caputos this year after trying to
find out whe...
Posted in thread: Grapes in Illinois for 2012 on 08-22-2012 at 08:56 PM
Caputo's sells grapes and juice. They are supposed to be getting them the 2nd week of
september. The closest store to us is in naperville 111th and rt. 59. I have gotten grapes and
juice for the last ...
Posted in thread: Concord and Frontenac on 04-12-2012 at 09:50 PM
You don't have to worry about them crosspollinating for winemaking purposes. Only if your
trying to breed a new type of grape would you need to worry about a random cross from planting
Posted in thread: Who's Growing What? on 01-13-2012 at 06:57 PM
Red wine vines:10 Marquette4 NY95's2 St.Croix1 NortonWhite wine vines:8 Valvin muscat6
LaCrescent6 Prairie star4 Frontenac Gris2 Frontenac BlancWish I could just relocate to N.C. and
start a real vine...
Posted in thread: Malolactic fermenation- Need an explanation please on 11-13-2011 at 09:09 PM
It is usually done to red wines. It helps the taste profile of the wine and it also helps with
keeping the wine stable too.An MLF can happen naturally but since it is a bit more finicky then
Posted in thread: Thick Pear Must Problems!! on 11-08-2011 at 09:09 PM
I've used a kitchen strainer and a nylon straining bag doubled up to try and remove excess
pulp. Some times I've had to try and strain things a few times to remove enough pulp to try and
get a startin...
Posted in thread: Thick Pear Must Problems!! on 11-08-2011 at 06:00 PM
Do you have access to a refractometer?
Posted in thread: My First Press Day on 11-08-2011 at 05:56 PM
Nice pictures of your first pressing! Hope the wine continues thru primary and mlf (if your
planning it) and turns into one of your best efforts for you.