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    Reusing sanitizer in stoppered carboys

    I was only referring to my house. So not taken out of context, simply limited my comment to my own very narrow context (which is why I said "weirdly"). And I meant it literally in our case.... we do not have them. Not even stuck in a back drawer covered with dust. We simply do not have them...
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    Sulphur

    You are right. ;) I was cheating a bit.... or a lot.... to angle in my adopted home. And to add what everyone I hope thinks is a fun wine making fact. :cool: I mean seriously.... fermenting wine for years. Even I do not have that level of patience... o_O
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    Reusing sanitizer in stoppered carboys

    While exposed to metric in HS, I learned to go full metric at good old UCLA where I did my BS (in the last century....). No course in Chemistry uses anything but metric. Even in the USA. Never looked back. Because everything is base ten. So easy. ;) Two points: 1) Weirdly... I don't have...
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    Sulphur

    A sulfite free* Hungarian Tokaji aszú will last decades. As an interesting side note: fermentation of a premium Tokaji aszú can take years (contrary to the fast fermentation so often discussed here in days or weeks). Fun fact. 😎 *Edit: All wine has sulfites, I meant no added sulfites....
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    Reusing sanitizer in stoppered carboys

    Not a "tsp" guy myself. Prefer scales. But most of my tanks are 60L or more so my 0.5 gram accurate scales were fine in most cases. But I have a few smaller demijohns for "extra" wine after racking. Some quite tiny down to 7 L. For a while, to properly add small amounts of KMeta to small...
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    What is your most embarrassing memory?

    I had a similar disaster. Not a hydrometer, but a custom hand blown crystal wine glass a very good friend gave me as a birthday gift. And you are right.... one does not make that mistake twice. But for me, once was very heartbreaking. Was sad about that for years. I think I am still sad about...
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    Wine Kitz Airlock

    For short term use PET is okayish.... But PET can have a very high O2 and CO2 permeability rate, and so may not be ideal for longer term use. It depends. https://www.presens.de/knowledge/basics/detail/oxygen-permeation-measurement-in-pet-bottles-1138
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    Most neutral grape?

    To naturally adjust sugar, acidity and nutrients without commercial chemicals. And not overly impacting the original characters of the grapes (or other primary sources) of concern. It is simply another form of wine making.
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    What is your most embarrassing memory?

    i am curious to see how far this thread actually goes with honest reporting of embarrassing moments. Given the almost universal online "Instagram" world we seem to live in, where one only shows their best (cough... cough... ) side. Mistakes? -- Harrumph... Mistakes do not happen (especially if...
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    1 In 5 California Early Adopters of EVs Move Back To ICE - For Convenience Reasons......

    "Clean" energy cars... Well, actually, like all things it is complicated.... https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/20/world/china-congo-cobalt.html
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    how to use a hydrometer for newbies

    I was referring to the units on the hydrometer. Not what physical properties were actually causing that measurement. And so I was indicating one needed really no "translation" from SG. Hydrometers also come in other units of measure for the convenience of the reading being made. Such as...
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    what would you charge?

    Agree. Sales of wine is regulated. But charging for labor costs to make a product is less so. Maybe (and maybe depends on local regs). And because I wonder about that "maybe", I am one who always asks TPTB before doing. And every time I do, I run into quite a few blank stares are first: my...
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    how to use a hydrometer for newbies

    They measure ABV directly. Not SG. Post fermentation/distillation. Can be used in beer, wine and distillery measurements (most accurate when used in the later, but still within tolerance in most other applications). They are so expensive because they are certified under a host of US rules and...
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    how to use a hydrometer for newbies

    There are special purpose, lower range, 0 to 20+ proof certified and accredited alcohol hydrometers that can be used for wine and one can buy. But they are expensive (~$100).
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    1 In 5 California Early Adopters of EVs Move Back To ICE - For Convenience Reasons......

    https://energypost.eu/extract-co2-from-our-air-use-it-to-create-synthetic-fuels/
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