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    making wine the easy way

    seth, i was thinking EXACTLY the same thing...not wine the easy way, but cheap hooch....just something to catch a buzz off of....lol...maybe the equivalent of wild irish rose....not something truly enjoyable to drink, but more something to get you wasted off you A$$....
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    Easy Sparkling Wine

    doug, i have done something similar to this in the past, only unfortunately we didn't keep it under pressure long enough, only a couple of hours...doing for a couple of days should work out fine....just 2 tips.....1) be sure once you fill the korney to chill it down, since as we know, colder...
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    Modelo kit?

    jim, i know there are extract beer kits to make a mexican cerveza like corona at least, but not sure about modelo....if you have an lhbs nearby, i am sure the store owner could put something together for you....as a matter of fact, if you look online you may even be able to come up with a modelo...
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    Be kind

    amen to that, john....as you and i have exchanged stories, we can both attest to the truth of that statement...it's not the wine, but the "politics" when the group gets TOO big, and the number of different ideas on how certain things should be handled, that becomes the problem...btw, john, not...
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    When to Top off?

    you don't want to top off until fermentation is complete and you have stabilized your wine with k-meta and k-sorbate(some consider the sorbate optional if not backsweetening)...but considering how low 6your level is, i am thinking that WHEN it is time to stabilize, you might want to consider...
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    Is this bottle washer worth owning?

    sniff....sniff...i have one of the double blasts as well that i used to love using, but since i swapped out my kitchen faucet for a model with a pul down sprayer, i couldn't use it anymore...plus since i moved my operations over to my parents' house, because of the lil ones, i still still don't...
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    WineXpert Anyone going to try the new Eclipse kits?

    i have the stags leap merlot as well that i plan on starting shortly....hoping the results will be fantastic....
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    Help me identify my wine

    not necessarily sure what grape, but the wine may have more of a rose color if you didn't ferment the "reddish" grapes on the skins for the first week....this is where a red wine gets it's color from....therefore, just based on the wine color at this point, it's hard to tell what variety they...
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    Jolly Rancher Wine...

    when i have melted them down, i used a double boiler system....put your jolly ranchers into a pot, with a small amount of water in comparison, and put that into anoter pot of boiling water....stir frequently and they'll dissolve without the worry of caramelizing...
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    WineXpert Eclipse Napa Valley Stags Leap District Merlot w/ Grape Skins

    oh, i wasn't initimidated that way....lol...yeah, that part will be a piece of cake, tom...lol...but thanks for the tip about squeezing against the bottom of the bucket to start releasing the sugars for the dravity reading reading....and when it comes to the AIO, well, now that i have mine...
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    WineXpert Eclipse Napa Valley Stags Leap District Merlot w/ Grape Skins

    i just bought this kit this week...planning on starting it tomorrow...first time with a grape pack here as well....definitely looking forward to seeing how this turns out....after 8 years on and off in this hobby, this is the first ultra premium kit, at least i think, that i have ever...
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    Other Merlot kit recommendations

    thank all of you for your recommendations....after careful consideration, i made my choice and pulled the trigger....they say go big or go home, right?....well, i guess you can say i went big....i bought the WE Eclipse Series Stag's Leap Merlot.....don't think i got a bad deal at my lbhs....kit...
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    Wine Taste

    i feel another reason is get get a more homogenous consistency throughout the entire batch, as it will all age in the exact same environment, whereas each bottle becomes it's own mico-environment....because of this, each bottle possibly runs the risk of aging a little differently and developing...
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    Other Merlot kit recommendations

    well i guess i'll just have to first check out the prices at the lhbs around the corner from me....as long as it's not one of the new guys working there, and it's one of those that's known me for years, they give me a 10% discount on all my purchases from when i was a club member....so that's...
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    Other Merlot kit recommendations

    thanks mike, and everyone else so far for your reccomendations...i think you are closest so far, mike....i do want at least a premium, but not sure if i can justify the eclipse price tag to SWMBO, especially if she's one of those that probably wouldn't drink it, unless after fermentation, i...
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