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    Bees, Birds and damaged grapes - what to do?

    Thank you all for the replies and information, I appreciate it! :b I have 42 vines total right now, more that are 2nd leaf but not in play this year. Yes, I believe the initial damage was from birds. I put the netting on way too late. It was a case of me not being around the vines for some...
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    Bees, Birds and damaged grapes - what to do?

    Hi all, I've got some Petite Sirah grapes in our backyard located in the greater Lodi AVA (California). Current BRIX is 23.5. A few weeks ago, I noticed several damaged clusters with many berries on the ground. I thought it was birds, but can't say for certain because I didn't see them in...
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    MV Chard Kit - 6 Mo's - No nose, little to no flavor?

    Just checked the numbers, they are as follows: TA = 4.8 g/L pH = 3.24 So it looks like my TA is too low. I'll add tartaric acid till I'm at 7 or slightly above. Thanks!
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    Help! What's wrong with my leaves?

    Another option for powdery mildew is Serenade, it's effective, considered an "organic" fungal control and has very few application restrictions.
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    MV Chard Kit - 6 Mo's - No nose, little to no flavor?

    Hi all, The details: Master Vintner Limited Edition 2016: Philosophie Chardonnay Purchased from Northern Brewer in Dec 2017. Yeast that came with kit: Lalvin ICV-D47 Yeast that I substituted for: Lalvin CY3079 French Medium toast cubes used during primary. Bentonite used at the start...
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    How to Measure Residual Sugar?

    yes, that was my concern regarding simply trying to "boil off the OH" from wine and use that as a means to determine residual sugar. there are many volatile compounds in wine and they all don't boil at the same temperature. not to mention, the expensive means to measure that (IR spectroscopy...
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    How to Measure Residual Sugar?

    It's an interesting question. I would wonder, though, how you would know when all the alcohol is boiled off? Or, if you are boiling off any other volatile liquids.
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    Some cordon areas lacking buds - 4th year vines

    Thank you all for your replies and suggestions, I appreciate it! New cordon's it is. And yeah, those areas without a bud, never had a bud/cane from year 1.
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    Some cordon areas lacking buds - 4th year vines

    Hi All, I've got some Cab Sauv and Petite Sirah vines in our backyard. This is their 4th year and already well into bud break. I noticed last year, and again this year, that there are buds missing from a few of the cordon area's, particularly on the Petite Sirah. It looks like all renewal...
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    Limited space cold room / wine storage build

    Yeah, thanks. It's a very limited space. Our next house...definitely going to need space to dig/build a cave :h
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    WineXpert Kit Chemistry Off?

    Good to know regarding RC-212. Thanks. I typically use Go Ferm at the start, and add Fermaid K a third of the way in.
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    WineXpert Kit Chemistry Off?

    Update: During fermentation, there was a noticeable H2S smell prior to adding the fining. I read up on how to try and eliminate/reduce that fault and settled on using pure copper tongue scrappers. I hadn't heard of Reduless at that point and thought using those scrappers would be quicker (at...
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    Wine Cellar Build Thread

    Beautiful wine room! So many advantages to having a basement in which a cold room can be built! Ambient temperature, space, etc. Awesome. :b
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    Limited space cold room / wine storage build

    I'll be making a few minor changes, probably sometime this spring. One will be installing larger, more recessed pocket door handles and the other will be to add another shelf along the back wall. I'm also thinking of switching out the automatic LED lights I have mounted inside for some LED's...
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