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    How much malolactic bacteria to add

    I dump the packet on to a 1/8 measuring cup and remove a granual at a time to get my amounts.....and hope you don't sneeze! I asked a serious question whether you can use a whole package of bacteria that would treat 66 gallons in a 6 gallon batch. As a super moderator, is this supposed to be...
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    Help with small vineyard planning

    I have not seen the 5-foot wire thing for deer. I say about 5 feet because that's about where a wire would touch a deer on his throat. 48" would probably work better though. Wild or domestic, 8000 volts will send any animal to the moon.
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    Help with small vineyard planning

    I plan on using solar powered electric fencing around my vineyard. A wire @ 5' will deter deer, and a wire @ 12" to 18" would deter raccoons and foxes. Works great for keeping my 2000 pound percheron in his pasture.
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    Potassium Metabisulfite

    I have been using PBW to clean and Star San to sanitize. Meta K seems so caustic, is there a benefit to using that over Star San?
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    Other white wine kits poll

    I am making a Traminette wine from Walker's juice. Since that is not on the list I would have to vote for Gewurztraminer since they are related.
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    How much malolactic bacteria to add

    Thanks. At 25 dollars a pop I'd hate to throw any out. :)
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    How much malolactic bacteria to add

    I have searched through back posts on malolactic fermentation and I can't find an answer to a simple question. Packets of bacteria come in a size to treat 66 gallons. Once you open the package it does not keep. So my question is, if you are only doing a 6 gallon carboy, do you use the entire...
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    Marquette juice bucket

    I'm carpet bombing to see what grows best here Reds: Marechal Foch, Noiret, Corot Noir, Marquette for wine, and Faith, joy, Thomcord and Vanessa for table grapes. Whites: Vidal Blanc, Traminette, La Crosse, La Crescent, Seyval Blanc and Itasca. Walker's has several of these varieties for sale...
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    Marquette juice bucket

    Walkers has been mentioned quite a bit before, you can do a search on the forum for them. Thanks, I did find several posts.
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    Marquette juice bucket

    I live in central Illinois and I am planting a number of different varieties of red and white grapes to see what grows well on my farm and what tastes good to me. Of course it will be a few years before harvest. I found a site that sells 5 gallon buckets of Marquette and Traminette, as well as...
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    New Fermenter Need....7.9 or 10 gallon Recommendations

    I'm using a 12 gallon Tuff Stuff bucket from Rural King for $29. Works great
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    Has my MLF started?

    I was always under the impression that you hold off adding K meta if you are going to do mlf. Am I wrong?
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    3 gallon kits are hard to find

    I'm making a 5 gallon merlot and 5 gallon chardonnay from Williams Brewery. So far they smell great, and the sg was 1.10 and 1.15
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    White wine primary fermentation in glass carboy or bucket?

    Thanks for all the great info. So if I understand correctly, given two wine kits,(red and white) with no skins in the red kit, I would ferment the red in a bucket to allow more oxygen and faster fermentation, and the white in a glass carboy to reduce oxygen and slow down fermentation. And I...
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    White wine primary fermentation in glass carboy or bucket?

    I purchased a merlot and chardonnay kit from Williams Brewery. They have to be refrigerated, and yield 5 gallons. At the 5 gallon mark the sg was 1.10 and 1.11. Definitely a lot of sugar. The chardonnay I put in a 6 gallon glass carboy with stopper, and the merlot I put in a plastic bucket. I...