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      SLM replied to the thread Need help...with wine room design.
      With limited space it's nice to be able to move stuff out of the way. I make wine in my garage so I like everything to be portable...
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      SLM replied to the thread What's in your glass tonight?.
      Who cares? Presentation is everything!
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      SLM replied to the thread This year's Crush.
      Good idea! It has been rather cool. I rotated airlocks with same results, only the free run is making bubbles. However, SG progress is...
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      SLM replied to the thread This year's Crush.
      Finally pressed Syrah and Merlot. 21 days on skins, 18 day ferment, SG 1.008. 20 gal syrah, 17 gal merlot, 3 gal each saignee rose, also...
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      SLM replied to the thread When to press.
      The longer I do this, the more complicated it gets! I use hydrometers. On the scale, 5 brix = about sg 1.020. I just like to use the...
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      SLM replied to the thread When to press.
      Hydrometer vs refractometer? True brix? Please explain more. My SG is at 1.020
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      SLM replied to the thread When to press.
      I have two wines at 5 brix, was hoping to press today. They've been on the skins for 17 days so that should be plenty long enough. By...
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      SLM replied to the thread Finer Wine Kits.
      Like Brant, I don't have a lot of kit experience but do have a lot of wine drinking experience. My wife and I drink red wine almost...
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      SLM replied to the thread Finer Wine Kits.
      I did not measure pH, trusted the kit would be balanced, but yes I would say it definitely lacks acid. I tried winemaker81's suggestion...
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      SLM replied to the thread Finer Wine Kits.
      Good question, here's a few reds My fav is En Primeur Chilean Malbec. I shorted the water, 4 week EM, 16% abv. At 22 months this one is...
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      SLM replied to the thread What causes my wine to be bitter?.
      I have 7 carboys of CS from last year's harvest. Tasted 2 days ago, so bitter I was ready to send them to the brandy factory. I came and...
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      SLM replied to the thread Finer Wine Kits.
      My honest evaluation of FWK I was an early buyer. I have 2 kits aged 18 months, a CS and a merlot, both double skins. Both are very...
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      SLM reacted to bjoll001's post in the thread Foot stomping grapes with Like Like.
      I would respectfully disagree as it depends on the style of wine you are trying to make. Some of the best, most complex wine I drink is...
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      SLM replied to the thread Foot stomping grapes.
      Well if it's all for marketing they're doing a poor job. They don't mention it on their website and they're not doing it in a public...
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      I walked by a winery in downtown Seattle yesterday and saw people in bins stomping grapes. I've lived here 10 years, been to dozens of...
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