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  1. NorCal liked Johnd's post in the thread Does yeast nutrients increase the taste and quality of wine?.

    I don’t believe that the issue is so much about enhancement, though well fed yeast will produce tastier wine than hungry, stressed...

    Jan 20, 2020 at 7:09 PM
  2. NorCal replied to the thread Homemade vs. Commercial and what I am doing to close the gap.

    CA requires min wage $12, going up $1 hr each year for the next 3 years. Love the weather, not fond of the politics.

    Jan 19, 2020 at 4:39 AM
  3. NorCal attached a file to the thread Homemade vs. Commercial and what I am doing to close the gap.

    We had our meeting. It FAR exceeded my expectations. There were 4 home winemakers, the owner/winemaker and the hired UCD winemaker....

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  4. NorCal replied to the thread Cranberry hard lemonade stuck.

    Another path is to start a whole new ferment with some of your must, additional sugar and nutrient. You get the fermentation started...

    Jan 17, 2020 at 2:52 AM
  5. NorCal replied to the thread Too Much Sulfite.

    I'd leave it alone, it will drop on it's own over time. I regularly hit my high pH with that much SO2 up-front. Oops, too late,...

    Jan 16, 2020 at 12:37 AM
  6. NorCal replied to the thread Homemade vs. Commercial and what I am doing to close the gap.

    You would think it would be that easy, but not in California where you cannot volunteer for a for-profit business. It is hard to...

    Jan 15, 2020 at 10:15 PM
  7. NorCal replied to the thread Homemade vs. Commercial and what I am doing to close the gap.

    I will ask. The grapes from our area tend to be out of balance pH wise. I make Cab Franc out of the same grapes they make their Cab...

    Jan 15, 2020 at 4:59 PM
  8. NorCal replied to the thread Homemade vs. Commercial and what I am doing to close the gap.

    Good point, "commercial" is a broad statement. Since most commercial wines are sold for under $9 and while there are some good ones,...

    Jan 15, 2020 at 4:57 PM