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    Christmas wine recipe

    Yeah I bought 12oz bags for 50 cent each.... my freezer is full! Making wine and jam with it!!!
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    Christmas wine recipe

    Looking for a good Christmas wine recipe. I just don't know how cloves, cinnamon, cranberries, nutmeg, etc... would work for fermenting.... can you use it from the beginning or add after. Use extracts? I just made a great strawberry pomegranate that could be turned into a good Christmas wine. I...
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    Used whiskey or bourbon barrel.

    Anybody know where to get a 10 gallon used barrel for whiskey/bourbon for a reasonable price?
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    Any helpful advice is great!!!

    Using my hydrometer. I do the initial measure (usually around 11% or 12%) and then I do the math after that. When I add sugar I check weight and when it eats the sugar and weight changes I calculate from there.
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    Any helpful advice is great!!!

    I am not adding Camden tablets before but I will now. Thank you! We have a local brew shop but i did not discover it was there till after this pandemic started. I'm planning to go when this is over and see if there are local brew people around.
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    Any helpful advice is great!!!

    I forgot to put that I use 2x the amount of fruit called for to try and cover the high alcohol
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    Any helpful advice is great!!!

    So I am new to wine making. I have my 3rd batch going right now. I come out with about 2 gallons each time. I loosely follow recipes from the boon I got and creditable websites. I have made Pinapple and strawberry Strawberry, BlackBerry, and pomegranate Mango and strawberry My first 2 came...
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    Gas Price Watch

    Paid $1.63 per gallon yesterday. In North Carolina.
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    A Couple Beginner Questions

    I have used honey and brown sugar to back sweeten. It gives it a good flavor. Agave nectar is not good to use as the initial sugar. It took waaaaay to much to bring my levels up lol
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    A Couple Beginner Questions

    I use honey almost every batch. I start with a mix of honey and sugar. Then i feed honey during the first 5 tob7 days to up the alcohol. I originally used it because it was easy to add to it, but it gave it good flavor.
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    Using vodka to fill empty space in carboy.

    Why not? And what would you suggest using?
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    A Couple Beginner Questions

    I have only used purified. For my first batch I bought distilled and a friend of mine who brews for a local place said it's best not to use it. Then I googled it.
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    Using vodka to fill empty space in carboy.

    So I have read where you can use vodka to top off carboy after racking. Was wondering if anybody had done it and if so could tell me how it went. Today I bought a strawberry and a mango vodka. (Strawberry mango wine in the carboy right now)
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    A Couple Beginner Questions

    I would also use purified water instead of distilled. Distilled water has a lot of minerals taken out. Those key chemical elements are what yeast uses in order to produce wine. Not that you can't use it to make wine just better to use a different type of water.
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    Using 5 gallon water jug for carboy

    So my office has one of those water coolers. We have lots of the empty jugs from it. Can I use this for a carboy. You know since it's free. Lol
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