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  1. emmashouseinportugal

    First time - the old fashioned way

    No more foot mashing! After yesterday's effort, I woke up in the middle of the night with itchy feet (more than the usual). This morning, major itchyness attack, fierce and unrelenting! Fortunately only on the front of my feet, not underneath or on toes which would be unbearable! Painfully...
  2. emmashouseinportugal

    First time - the old fashioned way

    Funnily enough I already covered it... with a towel! Did another round of foot squashing this afternoon - it's nicely bubbling, nothing too dramatic - think I'll make this a morning routine to "warm up" the wine for the day. It was noticibly not cold on the feet, not warm either (and it's a bit...
  3. emmashouseinportugal

    First time - the old fashioned way

    Fortunately the daytime outside temp is exactly that and in few weeks will drop to 65F. Basically open the doors of the adega during the day and shut them to keep the warmth in at night (stone houses). Night temp outside about 60F, so it's pretty steady down there. For this first week, the...
  4. emmashouseinportugal

    First time - the old fashioned way

    I live in a tiny village in central portugal where every house makes its own wine from home grown grapes - without sugar, yeast of sulfides. No measuring for density, gravity or sugars, no gadgets of any kind. I'm basically following neighbours techniques except that my batch is a 10th of the...
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