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    Costco wine kit - a waste of time??

    They do! They recently increased their selection to have numerous styles. Although, many seem to be 2x7L kits (makes 60 bottles). So not a quality kit. But I tried the Argentia Ridge Amarone. It's a 23L kit I fermented on some pressed skins from a wine I made last fall. The Amarone has...
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    Cracked spigot

    Humidity is good! I don't think dehumidifiers are a good thing in a barrel room! If the barrels get too dry, they will start to leak, and possible crack. You will also evaporate a lot of wine out of the barrels. Corked wine bottles can also dry out, compromising the seal in the bottle. I...
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    Cracked spigot

    I recently had a crack in my spigot on my 100L barrel that developed last winter. Cellar got too cold/dry and the crack developed. Had no issues with it over the past year. However, i did end up replacing it this weekend when i racked and bottled the wine. Didn't want to take any chances...
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    Filtering

    And as @Rocky mentioned earlier, 12 months had always given me a clear wine. With the expectation that the wine is racked about every 3-4 months.
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    Filtering

    I recently filtered a Chardonnay we made in the fall. Ran it through the filter (not sterile, but can't remember the micron. It was a course filter). But i was shocked as to how much colour it stripped out of the wine! So i am very reluctant to run any of my reds through a filter. My...
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    Source for custom labels

    I heard the quality of Noon Time Labels is nice. But are they easily removed??? (ie. easier to remove than the commerically bottled labels?!?!!). I too am looking for a source for labels, but am a little reluctant, as i like to recycle and clean up old bottles. But would hate to go through...
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    Apothic

    Any updates on this post?? We're Apothic Red fans as well, and wanted to know how these aforementioned kits compared!
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    Costco wine kit - a waste of time??

    Costco Canada only carries the Argentia Ridge Amarone. Made this kit last year, and it's been in bulk storage for the last year. I fermented the kit on the pressed grapes skins from a wine I made last fall. Just checked the wine over the Holidays and it is progressing nicely. I will likely...
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    Homemade vs. Commercial and what I am doing to close the gap

    Wow! Thanks @NorCal, what a great post. So motivating and validating to get such feedback from an accomplished winemaker! Glad to hear it worked out better than anticipated!
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    Bottles

    Hey There, I agree with @sour_grapes. I wouldn't use these for any type of long-term storage. Possibly for barrel top-ups or as a reserve for between rackings. The short corks will allow too much oxygen to get to the wine over time.
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    Second Run Wine...... Kind of!

    Thank you @Johnd & @bshef for sharing your experience! Will definitely plan to grab a premium kit and hope to get it started shortly.
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    Second Run Wine...... Kind of!

    Happy New Year Everyone! Looking for some of your insight to help kickoff the New Year with some winewaking. I have a 19L pail (5 gal) of frozen, lightly pressed skins from a Syrah i made in the fall. I would like to use these skins on a wine kit or pail of juice, to help enhance it. My...
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    Is this to much head space?

    very valid concern, and I had the same ones. I think that is why the preference is for clear glass marbles, as opposed to the ones with colours. I can't be absolutely certain that they are much better. But I imagine that they are safe enough to use in between rackings. I find that when I...
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    Is this to much head space?

    Another "tool" in my arsenal is a box of marbles! I purchased a 10lb box of marbles a couple years ago, and it comes in so handy! I use clear glass marble to displace volume in my carboys and gallons to eliminate headspace.
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    Missed 1/3 Fermaid K Nutrient Addition

    Hello Everyone! My Syrah is fermenting away beautifully in my garage, albeit a little cool..... Canadian fall temps are really dropping in the evening. Nonetheless, starting Brix was 25. I missed my 1/3 Fermaid K addition, and we are currently sitting at 10 Brix. Yeast used is BM 4x4. I...
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