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  1. NorCal liked Ajmassa's post in the thread HarborFreight vacuum pump problem.

    Seems appropriate timing for the good ol’ Hazard Fraught Tool Catalog! (Nothing against HF. They are amazing for certain items.)...

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  2. NorCal liked jgmillr1's post in the thread HarborFreight vacuum pump problem.

    "Harbor Freight" answers your question. At least it worked once. Never been impressed with the quality of the hardware there.

    Dec 14, 2019 at 5:59 PM
  3. NorCal replied to the thread 0.998 or better.

    It sounds like you already racked once, but fermentation was not completed and it is just now finishing up. Headspace, airlock, let it...

    Dec 14, 2019 at 4:10 PM
  4. NorCal replied to the thread Whole berries survive crush - break them?.

    I set my rubber rollers on my destemmeer / crusher on the loosest setting, hoping to get some whole berry or berries that aren't...

    Dec 14, 2019 at 12:13 AM
  5. NorCal replied to the thread Second Fermentation.

    An important element for efficient degassing is to bring the wine above 70 degrees, as the higher temperature allows the CO2 in solution...

    Dec 13, 2019 at 11:43 PM
  6. NorCal replied to the thread Yeast Experiment.

    I've done the same with D80/D254. In the end, I've always liked the blend of the two.

    Dec 13, 2019 at 11:37 PM
  7. NorCal replied to the thread Whole berries survive crush - break them?.

    I've tasted unopened whole berries that have survived fermentation and they were sweet. I assume the sugar is pressed out of them...

    Dec 13, 2019 at 11:35 PM
  8. NorCal liked stickman's post in the thread 2019 Cab.

    Pails are at 55F. Made up a 2 gallon starter by combining samples of 5 of the pails, heated to 160F then chilled back down to 75 then...

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  9. NorCal liked berrycrush's post in the thread Cleaning station.

    I'd like something like this, but no dogs :-) https://foreverstainlesssteel.com/

    Dec 13, 2019 at 2:26 AM
  10. NorCal attached a file to the thread Make it your own, 3 Winemakers, Chardonnay 2017.

    Wow, an oldie from 2017, including my now upgraded, one owner, 200K mile F-150. I made that slide from common materials from Home...

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  11. NorCal replied to the thread The quest for better yeast.

    My go tos are D80, D254, D47 and Avante as of late.

    Dec 12, 2019 at 5:31 AM
  12. NorCal replied to the thread SO2 and retest.

    Ok, so 8.8 ml of 10% solution is .88 grams of SO2, which is what I would add as well in powder form for 44 ppm in 3 gallons. I would do...

    Dec 11, 2019 at 10:45 PM
  13. NorCal replied to the thread UC Davis Online Winemaking Certificate Program.

    I've looked into it as well. Undoubtedly great information and will make any novice a better winemaker. The tuition and the cost of...

    Dec 11, 2019 at 10:31 PM
  14. NorCal replied to the thread Make it your own, 3 Winemakers, Chardonnay 2017.

    I sanitize the spirals by spraying them with Starsan.

    Dec 10, 2019 at 10:08 PM
  15. NorCal replied to the thread SO2 and retest.

    The change is immediate. Could be a few things going on, but a few questions. What do you mean by a 10% solution? How many grams of...

    Dec 10, 2019 at 10:03 PM