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    Strawberry Wine Help

    When @Rice_Guy says he “vacuums”, he is using a vacuum pump to suck the top clear part out of the bottles. It would be difficult to do without a vacuum pump setup (check out the All-In-One pump sold by a member here).
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    Post a Meme, any Meme! (no politics)

    My dad (88 years young) still has his. It’s such a beautiful piece of furniture, we gutted it and put an entertainment system in it with a flat screen on top.
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    Post a photo, any photo

    I find the B&W more striking, more eye-catching. But I like the color one better.
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    Help Needed

    It's impossible to reduce the alcohol without severely affecting the taste. Once you have too much, you can't remove it. Just like back-sweetening, once you add too much sugar, you can't remove it. Your starting SG's seem very, very high. For an easy way to control the alcohol and the sweetness...
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    pitching yeast: to mix or not to mix?

    By splitting the package in half, I think you are reducing the chances of each half to get going. And as mentioned by others above, if you sprinkle, don't mix it in immediately. For my first few years wine-making, I only did kits. They all said just sprinkle on top and leave it alone (not even...
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    Post a photo, any photo

    4" more last night, so 14" in 24 hours. Yay.
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    Two different final sg from the same must

    Yes, yeast needs oxygen to reproduce. I recently read an article posted by @stickman that was VERY interesting reading: https://www.winemakingtalk.com/attachments/oxyfer09-pdf.67792/ Of course. In primary, it's best to have everything in one bucket, but you can split it up if necessary. In...
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    the "best" water for starting fermentation (for wine)?

    I think that "sitting for a day" refers to how water treated with Chorine (not Chloramine), will off-gas the chlorine within 24 hours. I remember doing this for our fish tank as a kid. However, those of us that now have their water treated with Choramine need more than a day in an open...
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Well, this is what I woke up to thus afternoon (hey, Saturdays are for sleeping in!). 10” in 5 hours (my daughter was up before it started), and no sign of letting up. Yesterday there was no snow... at all.
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    the "best" water for starting fermentation (for wine)?

    VERY nicely said @Rice_Guy! That’s what I meant.
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    the "best" water for starting fermentation (for wine)?

    Ahh, “well,” obviously my comment does not apply to you. Sorry. I assumed “Tap water” meant “city water.”
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    Post a Meme, any Meme! (no politics)

    N Hey, there’s supposed to be no politics! (Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink.) 😇
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    Oh No! I think I messed up

    I agree with everyone else, plus... Freezing berries is good. It helps extract the juice. Pouring hot water (not boiling) over the berries is good. It helps to set the colour. As indicated by others, time is not a good indicator of progress. Glad you now have a hydrometer. BTW, what is your...