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    Cleaning Brew keg for aging wine

    I got this message as I was filling the kegs :) I first used oxyclean free, let soak overnight with hot water. I did boil some 50/50 vinegar/water yesterday, rinsed, repeated with alcohol (50/50 vodka/water), just 1L or so each time. Rinsed and then starsan. I just wanted to make sure the...
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    Dogs and Grapes

    Ours like to eat our grapes too, we have 30+ vines in the backyard. If she can reach them, she will. I've taken to spraying her with the hose if I see her going for them, which seems to have helped a lot. She also looks for any skins I miss after cleaning up. So far she's never gotten sick but...
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    Cleaning Brew keg for aging wine

    I have about 110L of Riesling in primary fermentation right now, thinking ahead to secondary. I have around 15 carboys but they are all full of other wine. I do have two 50L beer kegs available. One is unmodified, so that's pretty simple. The other one has had some drain ports and a 1-in port...
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    Cold crash and sterile filter to stop fermentation

    Yes I do have 5 micron and 1 micron filters as well. I will use one of those first.
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    Cold crash and sterile filter to stop fermentation

    So far so good. when the wine got down to about 1.024, I moved it into the fridge, knowing it would take a couple of hours to cool down. It's been in there for about 2 weeks, holding at 1.020. My 0.35 micron filters are here, so once this all settles out I'll run it through those. I'll still...
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    Cold crash and sterile filter to stop fermentation

    Thanks again all. I do always do pectic enzyme at start of fermentation. Agreed that this method is more work, but experimenting is fun :)
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    Cold crash and sterile filter to stop fermentation

    Thanks guys, I should have been more clear, it would be in carboys for the longer term cold crash, not the brute. The brute would only be for primary fermentation. Actually, as it turns out, I'm using some fermenting buckets, and my 16 gallon stainless Brew kettle. That fit more nicely in my...
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    2020 Fall Grape Season Coming Up

    Having said that, I now find myself with 350lbs of Dornfelder grapes in my back yard, and an offer for a similar amount of free Riesling grapes to be dropped off. Will need to run this by the boss to see what she says.
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    Cold crash and sterile filter to stop fermentation

    Hi all, I have a wine I am making for a relative. I make this most years for them, but it's always a rushed affair because we harvest in late September, and it needs to be ready for Christmas. I have no control over the timeline. I know time is the best option, and stopping fermentation isn't...
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    Grape Crusher - Motor shaft conversion

    This worked fine for crushing my grapes, I don't think it would handle anything much denser than grapes though, I would definitely need a bigger power supply than the 3 amp power supply I have hooked up to it now. The controller and motor themselves are rated for 10 amps, so I think it's just...
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    2020 Fall Grape Season Coming Up

    I think I'm skipping making any wine for 2020. I made a huge amount last year, and I'm already short on space to store it before I've even bottled it all. We also harvested our own Muscat earlier this week, but only got about 120 lb of grapes, last year I got about triple that. So we decided...
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    Grape Crusher - Motor shaft conversion

    I got some parts at 'princess auto', sort of a Canadian harbor freight. Found a sleeve that had 8mm inside diameter, 1/2" outside (probably 12mm, but it fit with some help). Not bad for $8. I did a quick test, it works but a non-ripe apple from my tree stopped it. the power supply is only 2A at...
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    Grape Crusher - Motor shaft conversion

    I've got a couple grape crushers, just the manual hopper with a single spiked roller in the middle. I'd like to electrify one of them because I usually crush alone, and it would be a lot faster to have it running all the time. I've got a 24V, 250W DC motor, and a speed controller.The motor is...
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    EC-1118

    You can also try going to a local bakery and asking if they will seem you some yeast. I got half a pound of fresh yeast for $5 last weekend
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    Corona Virus & Day to Day

    My family and I were in South America on vacation for March, but we had to rush home yesterday before our connecting airport closed totally. So now in 2 week quarantine at home. I was already working remotely while on vacation and will continue now from home. My work has told everyone to work...
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