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    Kit Wine Taste

    I live in Canada so all prices are in $Cdn. I buy 60-bottle kits (50 bottle yield because of shorted water) both the Argentia Ridge and Cellar Master brands from Costco. They sell, respectively, for $104.99 and $99.99 including taxes and shipping to most places. I wait for a sale when prices...
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    Kit Wine Taste

    I've been tweaking cheap Costco kits for a couple of years, at first shorting the water (topping to 19 litres rather than 23) and bulk aging at least eight months with very positive results. In the past eight months I've been adding grape skins, either the dry packs or skins and seeds from...
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    Other Diy wine in a box??

    When I give away wine, the rules are clear: Return the bottle that has been thoroughly rinsed or you're cut off.
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    Carboys on Concrete?

    Every election there's a candidate who isn't running again or has signs too damaged to reuse. It's bad PR to send signs to landfill. You can get a lifetime supply of them from a single call. They work perfectly as cushions for your carboys.
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    Chardonnay

    I should have passed this by you beforehand. That said, the flavour isn't awful, just different from any wine I can remember.
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    Chardonnay

    Latest tweak of a cheap kit with surprising results so far. I just sampled my tweak of a cheap Costco Gewurtztraminer kit (Cellar Master - RJS' bottom level kit - 60 bottles for $99 Cdn but I bought it on sale for $89 Cdn including tax & delivery.) I love Alsatian wines, especially this...
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    I may change my views on Rosé Wine

    I had the same idea and put the back sweetening pack in at the start in half of a cheap (60-bottle) Costco kit that I started about 8 days ago. The info in this stream makes me optimistic of the results. It was a Chardonnay, not a rosé kit, but I've added crushed purple table grapes with most...
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    Austin grape juice buckets

    I live in Canada and a lot of the most common juice buckets available produce a low quality product. There are some fresh juice buckets from Chile at half again the price. Anyone out there have experience with fresh Chilean juice? Also, what has been your experience with frozen juice?
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    1st CabSav --- any tweaks/tips?

    This is probably coming too late but something I've done with my last four red kits - 2 cabs, 1 merlot, and 1 shiraz (probably cheaper ones than the one you're making) is extended maceration. Rather than just leaving the grape skins in during the primary fermentation, I've been allowing the...
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    corks

    According to chef steps for octopus: • 140 °F / 60 °C for 24 hours: Pretty tender, but still structured—great in seafood stews and soups • 171 °F / 77 °C for 5 hours: Silky and tender—make it the star of any appetizer • 185 °F / 85 °C for 24 hours: Really quite tender—try it chilled, in a salad...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Label Peelers told me via email that packaging should keep the Finer Wine kit cool for up to 7 days. Anyone have thoughts on that? Once border reopens, I plan to order kit and direct it to Can-Am depot in Port Huron, Mich., an hour's drive from my home in Canada. Logistics may force me to...
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    corks

    In high school football, we'd burn the end of a cork and use the charcoal to blacken the skin under our eyes. Supposed to keep sun's reflection off our sweaty cheeks. I think it was to look scarier to opposition and more macho for the cheerleaders.
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    corks

    So the wife's tale goes. Not sure the yarn has legs or tentacles.
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    corks

    I heard adding corks when boiling octopus and squid supposedly makes the flesh more tender. Another tactic was to pound the hell out of them. The jury's still out on the corks. The pounding worked somewhat but the leggy creatures were often not much to look at afterward. I do neither now that...
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    Why is my wine 'thin'?

    Sorry for the confusion. Do not reduce water for En Primeur or RQ kits. That's only for cheap kits.
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