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  1. NorCal replied to the thread Destemming : send your photos!.

    I make wine using around 2 tons of grapes each year. All the grapes go through my destemmer (which was finished up in October, or else...

    Jan 22, 2019 at 9:16 PM
  2. NorCal replied to the thread Over-oaked Wine?.

    The rule of thumb is to leave wine in a barrel 1 week for every gallon the barrel holds. So that would be 5 1/2 days for your little...

    Jan 21, 2019 at 5:19 PM
  3. NorCal replied to the thread Need a primer on acids and tannin.

    It is easy to change pH. It is difficult to change pH of finished wine and have it taste good. While 1 gram per liter does not seem...

    Jan 21, 2019 at 7:24 AM
  4. NorCal replied to the thread Hi folks.

    Welcome @hooper. Lots of good info on the site.

    Jan 20, 2019 at 11:06 PM
  5. NorCal replied to the thread Preferred method for sealing 1 gal glass carboys.

    One AF and MLF are complete, I use screw top caps on my 1 gallons.

    Jan 20, 2019 at 11:04 PM
  6. NorCal liked Ajmassa5983's post in the thread Need a primer on acids and tannin.

    Well said. Unfortunately I’ve handled dealing with High ph musts no different than my wife while PMSing—by first learning what NOT to...

    Jan 20, 2019 at 11:01 PM
  7. NorCal replied to the thread Dismantling A Barrel.

    You only see the good ones. I don’t post the failures :)

    Jan 20, 2019 at 5:19 PM
  8. NorCal replied to the thread Mixed berry wine question.

    Ok, got it. Once fermentation has completed you want to protect it from oxygen with full containers, as it is no longer producing CO2....

    Jan 20, 2019 at 5:16 PM
  9. NorCal attached a file to the thread Need a primer on acids and tannin.

    Two acid observations that I’ve been amazed by: 1. The buffering capability and the difference in buffering capability of wine...

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  10. NorCal replied to the thread Dismantling A Barrel.

    I’d like to do it too, but not sure I’m willing to risk 60 gallons of wine to determine if I did it correctly.

    Jan 20, 2019 at 4:12 PM
  11. NorCal replied to the thread Mixed berry wine question.

    If you are losing a lot more than 1.5 gallons out of 6.5 gallons (25%+) on your second rack, you might want to consider letting it sit...

    Jan 20, 2019 at 4:09 PM
  12. NorCal replied to the thread Ferment won't finish.

    I’d leave it alone and let it finish. If you are getting that much activity, it is still in AF. Agree with @stickman , let it finish...

    Jan 20, 2019 at 2:54 AM
  13. NorCal replied to the thread Wine in 1st transfer carboy untouched for 8 months.

    As @Boatboy24 said, give it a sniffy sniff. If it smells ok, give it a taste. If it smells and tastes good, all is well!

    Jan 20, 2019 at 2:48 AM
  14. NorCal replied to the thread How Painful Will It Be?.

    6 gallons = 30 bottles = 100 lbs of grapes or so. If that is your 6 months need, I’d do it by hand. Milk crate destemmer, bucket in a...

    Jan 19, 2019 at 8:34 AM
  15. NorCal liked cmason1957's post in the thread How Painful Will It Be?.

    Speaking from experience, 200-300 lbs can be done fairly easily with no equipment. At least once, until your wife says if you ever try...

    Jan 19, 2019 at 8:27 AM