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    synthetic corks

    Yeah, I saw that somewhere myself after having just bought a 1K count. This was about 3 1/2 years ago and I'm guessing I have about 400-500 left [I do a lot of 1.5L bottling and also will use non-synthetic corks is why they're not all used.]. I'm to frugal/cheap to discard what I have so will...
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    synthetic corks

    Many years ago in communication with Nomacork I was advised to use the Select 900 series with my floor corker. Over the many years I've used Nomacork I've not run into any issues but then I don't think I've ever had one in a bottle for much over three years.
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    the "best" water for starting fermentation (for wine)?

    I've been using spring water...
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    Hello again!

    Welcome back! [Spent the first 32 of my 76 years living and working in NYC. Don't think I could ever move back there. :(]
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    Oak Chips and cubes (sanatization)

    This is my first time using cubes... I'm making a WE Super Tuscan kit. The instructions just have me putting the dust bag and chip bag of oak into primary without any other instructions (though I put them into the cheese cloth bag along with the grape skins). The third bag which is a bag of...
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    WE vs RJS

    I've a preference for RJS over WE. However because of where I shop I do 2-3 times more WE kits than RJS. Guess my preference for RJS isn't that strong. :h BTW, the RJS Super Tuscan is one of my favorites!
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    How long do you typically age white wine kits?

    The most I'll do is 3 months bulk age followed by 3 months bottle age. Most of my white wine kits are low end and only get 1 month bulk and 1 month bottle aging before starting to pop the corks. Often enough there seems to be several bottles from a batch that are not consumed for a year or more.
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Hey! Get off my driveway or I'll kick your butt...
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    What wine kit would you suggest?

    I like both but have a preference for RJS over WE kits.
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    New Member: looking to learn

    Welcome to the forum! Where from in the City? I'm originally from NYC. As a baby (1944) E 7th between B and C, then Lillian Wald projects 3rd St. and Ave. D, Woodside projects Queens and a Woodside apartment before moving out of the city in 1976.
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    A couple of office rats with a dream to make wine

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Same post for you if I may... Nice composition. What camera and lens/settings did you use?
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Nice composition. What camera and lens/settings did you use?
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Looks very similar to the Polish Perogies that were a real treat that Mom, Grandmothers and Aunts would make on a regular basis.
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    No nose

    That is a very interesting observation. It does make sense that you'd loose some aroma.