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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I have read your how to make an fpack. 2 granny Smith's I can do that. And yes the plan is low alcohol and semi-dry. Thank you. I'll let you know how it goes.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I just ordered a Gewurztraminer 11.5% kit from WineLovers to play with for the wife. I understand Gewurtz to have a base of stone fruit, sometimes pineapple, and spice with a prominent notes of lychee. A search of this thread only brought up one other attempt from a different brand with the...
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    Post a Meme, any Meme! (no politics)

    Inconceivable
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    Forgo Topping up?

    For what it's worth, one of the wine makers I visited in Chile this year has at least two wines that he doesn't top up, both sweet. They are fermented in the barrel, the barrel is opened once after fermentation is complete, and then sealed for 2 years. During that time he loses about 50% volume...
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    Trying to grow something up North

    Will do. Going to start by dropping the one large maple that shades the back yard this weekend.
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    Trying to grow something up North

    @GreginND your comment came just a little late. I found the listing of grape varieties from the UofM extension specifically for my section of the county. La Crescent was listed for here - supposedly I am in zone 4B at my house. So I ordered 5 vines. I also ordered 5 Frontenac Gris as i didn't...
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    Trying to grow something up North

    :) I might have lived in Cadillac MI for a few years with 10 acres and very well drained soil. A couple of those acres were wild blackberries. Once I filled up the freezer for eating, they the rest were turned into wine and other things. I also had about 30 fruit trees that I had planted that...
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    Neutralizing a barrel

    That was exactly the thread I was looking for. Thank you @stickman ! If I follow the winemaker's instructions, wine will be sitting in the barrel for 2 years. Any thoughts on evaporation rates? I'd be leaving this at a fairly stable 62 degrees and 50% RH. In Chile they lose about 1/2 a barrel...
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    Neutralizing a barrel

    Depending on grape cost and availability, I am thinking of getting a 5 gallon barrel to use for this upcoming winter. I'm fairly certain I read on the forum somewhere that someone had asked about how to neutralize a barrel quickly but I can't seem to find it. Could someone point me to it or...
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    Trying to grow something up North

    I have been thinking about trying to grow some of my own grapes in northern MN. By north I mean north of Duluth on near the zone 3/4 line. From growing up in zone 3 and seeing the trees I have in my yard, I feel comfortable saying I am on the zone 4 side of the line. The water table is high...
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    Started a French Rose

    Checking my notes, I had .997 @65degrees after 14 days.
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    Corks not seating correctly

    Here is a photo of 3 bottles that I did not recork and my culprit. Same bag of #8 corks and exact same bottles with a floor corker, and all my corking issues went away. The bottles that were worse than this I recorked. I know another guy who only uses a hand corker and has no issues - maybe it...
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    Comparing Some Kits

    1.096 @24 hrs 1.097 @48 hrs Right in line with what I was expecting from other threads here. There is active fermentation going on, so I expect it to start dropping now
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    Corks not seating correctly

    I had that issue when I was using a hand corker, switching to a floor corker solved my problems.
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    Started a French Rose

    The only concern I have with this kit is how much will be left for summer. It keeps getting better every time we try a bottle. Good thing summer here is that one day between last winter and next winter. After doing this, I can understand how the strawberry fpack would go good with it.
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