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    Sulphur

    Histamines and other amines are what causes a problem for me - not sufites. I probably use too much kmeta. Aged wines with uncontrolled malolactic I avoid.
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    Searching for Un-grafted Hybrids (Traminette)

    Layering works well for most vines. That's what I am going to try later for most of my own-root grapes. I am trying grafting on to a native vine that roots no matter what- several hybrids I've tried had an issue, but this did not. Apple I grafted did fine, so hopefully grape does as well...
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    Most neutral grape?

    For example, I don't want to add raisins/dried grapes where they are called for in recipes. I don't know what they are, and an oxidized raisin taste would not be what I am after in a delicate dandelion wine, a ginger wine. I also don't want a noticeable grapey taste, so no niagara or concord...
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    Most neutral grape?

    I'm looking for the most neutral grape, either as concentrates or buckets of juice next year. What would I add to fruit, spice, or floral wines as background, with very little impact on flavor? I don't want to use raisins, or rely too much on sugar and nutrients to make a must. I have heard that...
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    Add more yeast?

    Temperature tolerance depends on the cider or wine yeast, there are charts. I use ScottLabs online catalog, it covers most yeasts that I use. It also is great for reading about what the adjuncts are for, what everything does, etc. Highly recommend downloading it as a reference. Making sure I...
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    Add more yeast?

    If you have the same yeast, use that. You don't say batch size, but I have not had an issue with adding a bit extra. For small batches I just put in the whole pack.of yeast, unless I have two to split it. Yeast is cheaper than a failed batch. I don't think I have paid over $4, most $1.25.
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    Add more yeast?

    You shouldn't reheat your must. Just add viable yeast. I would not wait, myself. This wasn't a short heat time, I am assuming that the yeast died while waiting for the large volume of must to cool. If it didn't die completely, I am not sure the colony size is going to be large enough, fast...
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    5 gallon Poland spring?

    I checked yesterday at homedepot - the Primo water bottles they sell/exchange are mixed. The older bottles are #7 other, newer bottles are #1 PET/PETE. The newer ones also had handles that were attached, so I think sediment wouldn't get caught and be as hard to clean.
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    Searching for Un-grafted Hybrids (Traminette)

    This year has been really strange for all the nurseries. Odd weather and lots of orders, that's why I am grafting what I can get or can't buy.
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    Searching for Un-grafted Hybrids (Traminette)

    You could still buy the grafted grapes and just let the variety root. Hill up and never remove, essentially. I'd plant in a trench and then fill in with dirt/mulch over the next seasons. Some of those grapes might be grafted because they grow better or fruit better on a rootstock vs. own roots...
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    5 gallon Poland spring?

    I've used water PET bottles for fermentation or a month or two storage. Disposable 4-gallon water come in these, I get them at Wegmans. They are pretty flexible, same as a 2 liter soda bottle. My friend uses the much thicker 5-gallon from Poland Spring, etc. He ferments and stores in those, not...
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    For Trade: Table & Wine Grape Vines for Fig (NJ)

    The Marquette is also what would interest me.
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    Paper test strips

    Here are the wine range pH strips. https://www.lodiwinelabs.com/collections/lab-equipment/products/ph-test-strips-wine
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    First Rose attempt

    I am about an hour from @mainshipfred - it's variably more only because of the airport. I will drop him some things soon, in fact :h. I would love to taste this- maybe we could all hang out at the garage. I really want a good rose, and am trying to decide on what. I had thought of Brianna as a...
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    First Rose attempt

    I am considering those two vines- do they do ok together as wine? I am not sure what will do the first few small crops.
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