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    Greetings from NE Ohio USA

    Welcome to the forum. Lots of good information and answers to questions. Greetings from Kent.
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Wait, an email? Was there an email that went out? Just saying I do get my confirmation emails on purchasing, but marketing emails? I gotta go find that toggle.
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Crud. I'm out east and missed out on what I would have liked. Not only that, I live 6 miles away from Label Peelers. Not only that, yesterday I placed an order for another carboy and the sale wasn't listed yet. On the plus side, I don't have any carboys available anyway. I guess we will wait...
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    What are you making and what have you made ???

    Thanks for the response, Bryan. 375's it is. It surprises me when you 'know' you should be doing something, but try to talk yourself out of it and into doing something else, and then someone suggests the first way of doing it is best and that light clicks on. "Why was I debating?" As I have a...
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    What are you making and what have you made ???

    Bryan, this morning I put the Apres Choc/Rasp Port into fermentation for the Holidays. I am curious, will you bottle your 3 gallons into 750ml bottles or use 375ml bottles. I like the idea of bottling into the 375ml bottles due to the high alcohol and 'heaviness' of the wine, but I don't like...
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    RJ Spagnols RJS Tropical Lime Concern

    Thanks for the recommendations. Sounds like we are in agreement. Rack carefully, leave behind the white stuff. Kmeta, and I’m going to bottle this quick.
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    RJ Spagnols RJS Tropical Lime Concern

    We’ll, I made another single batch of Tropical Lime (this is a great wine) and for the first time with this kit I have an issue. I followed directions (added a couple ounces of lime juice), and at the end of ferment I noticed a few ‘DNA’ looking strands of white floating things. I racked for...
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    Chilean Zin Juice Bucket Plan

    I bought 2 Chilean grape juice buckets. Both did not come with any information on PH, TA, or SG or SO2 info. I did an internet search on who sold the juice to my LHBS (my buckets had a name on the them) and I emailed them to see if my calculations were somewhat in the ballpark. Surprisingly...
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    Chilean Zin Juice Bucket Plan

    I'm in agreement with everyone else. Since you didn't pitch your yeast, and you feel it is too low. Add a pound or 2. I picked up 2 Chilean juice buckets a couple of weeks ago (Cab Sauv and Malbec), both buckets had lower final ABV estimates than what I was wanting, so I boosted them up. I...
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    WineXpert WE Limited Edition Grenache Carignan

    I'm finding the same thing, Bryan. The Bibs or plastic bags, while BPA free are safe for a long time (definitely over a year), however the oxidation that occurs with the Bibs will impact the wine slowly, with a drop off in quality past the 8 month mark (Wine Folly) or a year (Wine Spectator)...
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    WineXpert WE Limited Edition Grenache Carignan

    Sounds like you have a nice batch of Grenache coming along, and I do agree with you the taste of the juice is good! I just pitched my yeast this morning. Your 'bagging' the wine sounds like an interesting endeavor, it makes a lot of sense being on the water in a boat. While I have bought a...
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    Chilean Zin Juice Bucket Plan

    As info: I ordered 6 gal of Chilean Malbec and 6 gal of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. Both buckets came in without any appellation, lab results, or any information. I did email the company that eventually sold to my LHBS and got a response on the TA/Brix/and PH. The numbers matched mine, pretty...
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    WineXpert WE Limited Edition Grenache Carignan

    How goes your LE Grenache, Bob? I just took an hour off of work to go downstairs and start mine in the fermenter. Juice/Water/Bentonite/Grapes/Oak chips added. I'm short a carboy, but that is a problem in a few weeks :) I'll let the must mix overnight and then take my brix reading to find if...
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    Introducing myself

    Greetings! You have found the right spot to ask your questions, sit back and learn, or go straight to the meme thread and laugh. There is a mix of everything, but helpfulness is tops. I just put to bottle a 3 gallon carboy of Dragon's Blood (Rasp/Blackberry/Blueberry). Good stuff and there...
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    Other Finer Wine Kits new process white wines

    Riesling UPDATE: I’m following the directions as written in my kit (carbon without bentonite). Pitched and waited 2 weeks. Racked to clearing. Degassed and added Chitosan and Kiesesol and wine conditioner. Stirred and waited 2 weeks (today). I just racked to another 2 week clarifying period or...
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