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    Calculating btu/energy load of simultaneous fermentations.

    When purchasing a circ pump is it important to determine if the pump seals or other parts are compatible with glycol solutions? I am using HDPE plastic barrels for ferment vessels. I have used water bath w/ ice jugs on my whites with limited success. Never was able to keep it near or at 60...
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    Calculating btu/energy load of simultaneous fermentations.

    My issue is we had an above average temperature September when I started to ferment the nearly 500 lbs of Chambourcin in my detached garage. Even with frequent punch downs and copious air flow across the fermentation barrel the must got too warm for my liking. I have not sized the stainless...
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    Calculating btu/energy load of simultaneous fermentations.

    Foods and Food Production Encyclopedia By Douglas M. Considine I was able to glean this from...
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    Calculating btu/energy load of simultaneous fermentations.

    I am looking for information regarding btus/heat energy generated during a wine fermentation. I have accessed one source and it indicated between 150 and 250 btus per gallon or 25 btus per pound of grapes. I need to size an air conditioner for a glycol bath that will need to handle as many as...
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    Chambourcin wine, next steps, sour taste

    Other than oaking I have a hands off approach to letting wine mature. I only rack twice before bottling usually. If you can afford to let it go for 6 months or more in bulk the result should be superior to early bottling.
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    Carboy Oaking

    Attached are some pics of my recent attempt to oak my reds. I was running behind schedule but finally got the opportunity to add some heavily toasted white oak sticks to my Landot Noir and Cynthianna. I used about 3 ounces of sticks per 5 gallons. The netting that houses the sticks allows for...
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    Thin-skinned Moderators

    General chit-chat is the only forum on this site where off topics are supposed to be allowed. Evidently there are many subjects that are still considered taboo even in the chit-chat arena. I believe the members of this site should be considered mature enough to maintain the proper sense of...
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    Thin-skinned Moderators

    Who exactly was made uncomfortable? Did someone specifically mention this to you? If the moderators on this site have a goal to avoid any inkling of controversy outside of winemaking then you are doing a very good job indeed. As adults we can and should be mature enough to realize that...
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    Thin-skinned Moderators

    What thread comments could be construed as targeting a specific individual? I see none.
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    Thin-skinned Moderators

    Your perspective is a very reasoned and reasonable one! Peace. Ed
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    Thin-skinned Moderators

    My thread on the "Ancient Wine" book by Patrick McGovern was closed. This is a second thread of mine that has been recently closed. If we are unable to carry on adult discourse about various subject matter in the General Chit-Chat forum then why even have it? There was nothing disrespectful or...
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    Ancient Wine

    The scientific community is pretty much in unified agreement on the 200K. Unfortunately there remains a lot of pseudoscience that attempts to disclaim such assertions. Dinosaurs on Noah's Ark and other such conjecture is just that- conjecture. What is important is that our primitive ancestors...
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    Ancient Wine

    Trying to tie in biblical references to vino is problematic if you believe the world is much much older than young earth creationists purport. Hunter/gatherers were roaming the Mesopotamian valley tens of thousands of years before the timeline of biblical stories. The first homo sapiens to...
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    Ancient Wine

    According to McGovern the earliest remnants of fermented wine that were discovered in ancient storage vessels called amphoras, that he was able to verify by molecular DNA analysis, came from archaeological sites in what is now modern day north west Iran. He estimates the time period to be at...
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    Ancient Wine

    Ancient Wine -the search for the origins of viniculture author -Patrick E. McGovern McGovern is a senior research scientist at the University of Pennsylvania (MASCA) and professor of archaeology. He pioneered the field of biomolecular archaeology and has made important new discoveries from...
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