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    Plum Wine Using FWK Packet D?

    Thanks for all the guidance. It's only been in the carboy for about 2 weeks, or a little less. I added the bentonite after rehydrating it overnight. I am perfectly willing to let it clear for several months. I threw caution to the wind and added the Packet D before I read @winemaker81...
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    Plum Wine Using FWK Packet D?

    Alrighty, where to begin? I guess I have two questions: I am making a plum wine because I have a lot of plums from a friend. I have completed primary fermentation and racked from a bucket into a 6 gallon glass carboy. I didn't degass when I racked into the carboy. The wine started to clear...
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    Other Reusing Oak Cubes (FWK)

    Ooh. BBQ. excellent idea!
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    Other Reusing Oak Cubes (FWK)

    OK, just racked a Cab Sauv from a 6 gallon carboy down to a 5 gallon because I still had too much headspace and didn't want to add ANOTHER two bottles to top up (already added 4 at the start.....no way did I get anywhere near 6 gallons ....but I digress). I had about 1/2 gallon extra that we...
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    Other Super Tuscan Finer Wine Kit

    Again, I ran into the same results as you. Totally agree with your recommendations to the instructions. I have been making notes on the instruction book they sent (which is a nice product). I did primary in a 7.9 gallon bucket with the lid loosely on top. The foam didn't blow out but it...
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    Other Super Tuscan Finer Wine Kit

    For what its worth, I am in the middle of my firsyt FWK Cab Sauv kit and I got sideways at exactly the same point in the instructions. I think your rewrite of the instructions is spot on. I ended up in exactly the same place you are! Best of luck to both of us!
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    Other MV Cab Franc

    The OP begs a question: The instructions are pretty clear that the kit is designed to start with exactly 6 gallons for very scientificy reasons (that I don't pretend to fully understand). However, given the discussion about the actual volumes of fermentors, wouldn't it be more accurate to aim...
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    Other First FWK Cab Sauv Issue

    OK, now the question has morphed into how accurate the scales are....... I am LOVING this topic.
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    Other First FWK Cab Sauv Issue

    OK. Now my head officially hurts...... So, how does the atmospheric pressure effect things? We have a front moving in and the pressure is dropping here. :h
  10. idahorevbob

    Other First FWK Cab Sauv Issue

    I am definitely going to measure and mark.....unfortunately, now I have to wait 6 months since my carboys are in use. I will go and check all my 1-gallon, 3-gallon, and 5-gallon carboys. My surprise after initiating this thread is how few of us really know how much liquid we've been working...
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    Other First FWK Cab Sauv Issue

    I also had very little loss after racking. Being the cheap SOB that I am, I left very little.....maybe enough to make the oak chips wet.....max of 1/4 bottle.
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    Other First FWK Cab Sauv Issue

    OK. I bet you're all correct about the carboy being larger. Like I mentioned, it was a brand new "6 gallon" carboy. So, maybe this one is, indeed, much larger. To answer, one of the first thoughts above, I filled the bucket to 6 gallons before adding the skins in the bags. In fact, I was...
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    Other First FWK Cab Sauv Issue

    OK gang, any ideas here: I just racked my first FWK Cab Sauv kit from the fermentation bucket to the 6 gallon carboy. I know almost all the kits will need a bit of topping up with another wine, but I only had 5 gallons. I would have needed 5-6 bottles of wine to top up to within a couple...
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    Other Headspace O2/CO2 Question

    OK. Besides, it may only take 1/2 bottle to top up which means I have to drink the other half. Damn this hard work!
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    Other Headspace O2/CO2 Question

    I'm new to this wine making stuff and have a question: From reading on this forum I see that I should not leave very much headspace in a carboy when aging the wine. My understanding is that tthis is to minimize oxygen contact. Since I do beer brewing, I have CO2 available. Would bleeding...
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