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    Co-op Tasting Room

    As @Carolyn P said above, I'd love to visit and think it's a great idea (and I don't see why, under the newer law local wineries would not be interested... at least some of them) Please keep us posted on the progress of this. I am curious about it for a couple of reasons...
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    Is Winemaking my Therapy?

    Not bad advice... especially about being more generous with those who return bottles! I may be good on bottles for a little while now, though. I found a local home vintner who is now putting his wine in kegs and will be moving later this fall. He had 20 cases of empties to find homes for. I was...
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    I broke my hydrometer!

    I have broken several hydrometers over the years... It's not hard to do, tbh. They can be pretty fragile. At this point I believe (mostly through buying used equipment that include one or two of them) I believe I have about five spares. If I don't buy any more, I hope to still have two or three...
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    Is Winemaking my Therapy?

    My problem isn't too many empties or too many full bottles... my problem seems to be having enough to bottle all the wine, lol! I save the bottles that I drink, but don't get many back from the friends I give wine to, so nearly every batch finds me looking for more bottles...
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    Is Winemaking my Therapy?

    It definitely is like therapy for me as well. It appeals to both my analytical side and my creative side. In ways it reminds me of my early-life passions. I studied music in school, and chose engineering as my initial college major (first college level trig course and I changed that major to...
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    1st attempt at “orthodox” winemaking

    Hi Sipsey. I had not heard of an algorithm that could adjust the readings of a refractometer once fermentation begins. I can tell you, however, that in roughly a decade of making wine I have never had a problem with pouring the hydrometer sample back into the batch. You just needs to be sure to...
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    Very disappointing taste red grape wine

    Try to be patient, my friend. The bottom line is that, at this point, you can't be sure if you wine has a fault or not. Rack it to fresh carboys (and top off with the extra that you bottled) every 3 or 4 weeks. Degas it if you want to finish it quickly (although with a long enough aging process...
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    Newbie need help so urgent please

    Don't panic MoeJay! Your wine is, as you said, no ready for consumption. At this young age you may detect hints of what it will taste like later, but the flavors and aromas have not all begun to develop. The amount of CO2 in suspension will also alter the flavor. Once you get those smaller one...
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    Newbie need help so urgent please

    Hi MoeJay. I have never had negative experiences with the affects of those additives on flavor, but to be honest I've never made a wine without at least using Potassium metabisulphate (aka K-meta). I have used Potassium Sorbate often, but only to stabilize wines in which there will be...
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    Newbie need help so urgent please

    Hi MoeJay. Glad to hear your batches have fermented decently! It seems like you may have a bit of residual sugar (assuming fermentation is complete) but unless you wanted a super dry wine, it should be fine. Now that your SG is down to 1.000 (or close) your next step would be racking to carboys...
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    Newbie need help so urgent please

    Hi MoeJay. I do believe sourgrapes hit the nail on the head. A refractometer will definitely not give you accurate readings once fermentation starts. Go back to using the hydrometer. Based on the SG of your resulting blends and the SG of the original batches when you blended them, I would say...
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    Newbie need help so urgent please

    This reminds me of a similar mistake I made not too long ago with a batch of apple wine - added way too much sugar in chaptalization and then the yeast couldn't ferment it dry (they hit their alcohol tolerance level of about 13% and shut down). Without some more information I can't be certain...
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    Our first Wine show....

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey, Hokapsig! I am learning so much about what I might expect on my own journey, which (tho similar to yours) is really just beginning... Congratulations on your progress, even if it is expensive and probably slower than you'd like. You are still moving...
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    Chilean juice pail tweaks

    AJ, the additive pack sounds like exactly what I'm looking for... and I can save the enzymes for my fresh grapes in fall (just a few vines so a pack meant for a 6 gallon batch might just be about the right size). Thanks!
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