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    Cork shrinkage

    I just got number 8’s. Will try them today.
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    Cork size

    Thank you. jwff
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    Cork size

    I would not use a liquid on the corks. Ordered some size 8 to see if they fit easier. Jeff
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    Cork size

    I have 3 cases of empty bottles from an Italian rose. I am using them along with other empties to bottle 100 gallons of Verdicchio. I normally use size 9 corks. I had a very difficult time corking these bottles with size 9 corks. Some corks went in cleanly but others not all the way or...
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    Raising acid level of white wine

    Thanks for the info.
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    Raising acid level of white wine

    Many thanks for the responses. Jeff
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    Raising acid level of white wine

    I started 100 gallons of white wine, Verdicchio Italian juice, in the fall. I have just recently racked and tested the wine for the second time. I have the wine in 9, 6, 5, 3 and 1 gallon glass carboys. Ph is 3.2, SQO2 is 24 ppm and TA is 7.0. The wine is clear and can be bottled in the...
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    High Ph after MLF

    The Rose also has high ph but tastes excellent. I fermented it separately. I was hoping for 25 gallons of finished wine but did not get that much lots of sediment and leas with these grapes. First time I have used Paso Robles. I have cool air blowing into my wine room from outside. Usually...
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    High Ph after MLF

    My concern now is taste. Need to lower the acid. Will try naturally as I have time. Will not bottle til next November. Will cool my wine room and let it roll naturally for a while. If sulfite the unfinished demjon MLF will stop. Thanks for all the support.
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    High Ph after MLF

    That is great news. Can’t get my wine room down to 60 but I can pipe in cool air. Just a bit more info. I reduced ph pre fermentation with tartaric acid. Usually I use acidulated water but the Brix was 23.5 and not above 24.1 so I did not use the acidulated water just TA with a small...
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    High Ph after MLF

    Any thoughts on how to lower the acid level would be appreciated. Jeff
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    High Ph after MLF

    Just racked. The wine tasted somewhat acidic probably from the pre fermentation acid addition to bring down PH. Raised SO2 to 80 ppm during racking. I also added 4 American oak Nadalie oak planks. The wine is not Tannic and has a soft mouthfeel and beautiful color. I am hopeful the acid will...
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    High Ph after MLF

    Will check SO2 level in a week.
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    High Ph after MLF

    For sure. Looks like I am doing the same. Will probably do in the range of 80 ppm and hope for the best. This is a batch of straight Petit Sirah. Nothing to blend.
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    High Ph after MLF

    Do you have any sulfite odor or flavor to the Cab!
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