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    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    Just pitched yeast on another dragons blood. It's like.. 5 or 6..or 7 gallons and the OG is... Like 1.070 to 1080? The only downfall of drinking wine while making wine is that you sometimes end up with a different product than you expected. [emoji23]
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    Other Vacuum Pump???

    The AIO is the best investment that I've ever made into this hobby.
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    I Got an Instant Pot for Christmas...

    We really like a good green chile stew. Instantpot is awesome.
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    Wine Kit Grape Pack Vinegar Smell?

    I'll be honest, I'd probably return it. If it's old or on its way out, it'd be a shame to go through the whole process of making wine, and getting invested in this particular kit, just to have it spoil when you're finished. There's nothing more disappointing than when your hard work doesn't pan...
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    WineXpert Eclipse Stag Leap Merlot Extended Maceration

    Do you actually need to worry about the seal while it's fermenting and off gassing?
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    The Devil’s Share?

    Sounds like the physical evidence is the leaking wine. "when all possible solutions are eliminated, only the impossible remains." - Sherlock Holmes
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Yes to both of these. Maybe it just needs more time!
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    WineXpert Eclipse Stag Leap Merlot Extended Maceration

    How does it aroma without the EM, when you did it last time? I always get a good aroma when I EM but not so much when I follow the box.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Regarding the above wine. It's not awful, it's just like.. Tart and sour? It's hard to describe. Is that how a young wine tastes?
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    A 6 gallon fontana Malbec (and Cabernet kit) made to 5 gallons 10 oz of dried currants added to primary 1 TBSP of Wine Tannin added to primary 1 cup of Fr Oak added to Primary 10 oz of Blackberries added to Primary Red Star Premier Rouge Yeast pitched at roughly 72 degrees F. Starting gravity...
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    WineXpert Eclipse Stag Leap Merlot Extended Maceration

    You going to EM or follow "directions"?
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Do you do these fruits in primary or secondary? The Zante currants were dried. I don't know if that helps at all. I basically followed one of your recipes in the very beginning of this thread.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I went with two fontana kits. Malbec and Cabernet style. For both of them, I tweaked by adding roughly 1 cup of currants and 8oz of blackberries in primary and tweaking down to 5 gallons. The Malbec is a little more drinkable after heavy decanting, but it's still only 'okay'. Most of my $8...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I'll be honest, I've tweaked a few of these cheap kits and they're just not turning out great. Should I give them more time? They're already 7 months old and I'm not crazy about them. When do you normally taste your tweaked kits and think they're awesome?
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    The quest for better yeast

    Perhaps I could have asked it better but the root of my question was really along the lines of - did you choose this yeast for a set minor of reasons (like it just felt right) and then stuck with it when it produced wine you enjoyed? @sour_grapes - Thank you for seeing and answering the root of...