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    mead bubbling up!

    attach a blowoff hose and run it into a small jug. use a hose that fits into the neck of the carboy snugly and let it overflow into the jug until it settles down. then re-attach the airlock. anti foaming agent may help. I know it helps keep down the foam during the boil when making beer.
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    Blackberries

    I find it is simple and efficient to steam juice soft fruits like blackberry / strawberry / raspberry/ etc and build the must from that. no pushing down fruit or fretting over primary size. -cheers
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    montmorency cherry dessert wine from concentrate my notes are awful. I'll try to expand them from memory as I sip the wine. A larger batch I did in a 3G better bottle and 2x 1G glass carboys. final yield was about 4G and some drinking during bottling by me and helper/bystanders. I used the...
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    for volume, I had two 32oz bottles of cherry concentrate and ended up with about 4G of finished wine. I could have been more efficient, but experiments can be wasteful and I did drink some of the juice too.
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    thats a good question CG, I should gather up my notes and post something in the recipe section. what I did when I got the concentrate was first do a taste test on single strength juice after reconstituting with water per the bottle instructions. It was quite good and the gravity was ~1050 if...
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    pretty much same here BobF. finding a US based retailer of pure blackberry concentrate was also a challenge for me. Cherry / blueberry was fairly easy to find. (brownwood acres) as far as advertising on their website that its for making wine, well actually most dealers don't go much farther...
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    21 brix is what I found on Walker's website.
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    I looked a bit and found 21brix for their juice products. thats pretty good for a ready made must.
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    looks like single strength juice Tom. previous vendors listed have 7:1 concentrate which works out to a better price if you want volume. I wish they would quote the brix for their pail products, but I suspect its around 15 - 25. wonder if there is added sugar to up the brix on the fruit...
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    hey BobF, nice link and they have similar products to these guys : http://www.greenwoodassociates.com/products.asp greenwood has a large selection of juice and puree, and even wine grape concentrates. They are near chicago and closer to my area, and yours too it seems. I think $237 +...
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    nice blog post Luc thanks for pointing to that. I used your same picking strategy part way through the season. there were so many berries this year, I decided to be choosy and only take the fat sweet ones. Heres hoping they make a wine as delicious as they were to eat.
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    thanks guys. Sparky, the brix from the berries is a helpful reading. when I steam my blackberries I'll take a reading also to see what that gets me. I haven't steamed long enough to be an expert so always appreciate advice. Its hard to tell when to stop, and to resist fiddling with the lid...
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    blackberry steamed juice / brix question

    I know it will vary based on type and growing conditions, but can anyone chime in on the average brix of blackberry juice that comes from their steamer? I havent steamed mine yet, they are still in the freezer - but I'm curious about how sweet the product will be. There is a place north of...
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    ABV % on Labels

    I put the year/month I started it since my wines sometimes sit in a carboy for a long time. no abv or other notes besides the name. I never put labels on kit wines, only an identifiable shrink cap and I keep them together on a rack. but I just do cheap kits of mist type stuff and it goes...
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    Strawberry bottling

    I've noticed the hard rubber bungs I have put off a stink when you spray them with starsan. for glass, the ones that are in mxsteve's pic work best. nice shape and good design. I think I got mine from FVW. I put all the hard rubber ones in storage, good riddance.
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