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  1. lilvixen

    What are you making and what have you made ???

    I'm jealous of your vines! Good luck waiting for harvest time. We opened a bottle of Carmenere about 2 weeks ago, and it's good! Heavy on the oak, but it is integrating nicely. I unfortunately can taste kit taste, and the Carmenere is now at the age where I would buy it again if I got it from...
  2. lilvixen

    What are you making and what have you made ???

    (Unable to edit old post.) I'm new to the party but gaining speed: (I should probably update this statement at some point.) Made and gone - WE World Vineyard Trinty Red (May 2016) - CC Sterling Sauvignon Blanc (Jun 2016) - CC Sterling Malbec (Aug 2016) In the "one bottle a month" rotation -...
  3. lilvixen

    What are you making and what have you made ???

    (Unable to edit old post.) I'm new to the party but gaining speed: Made and gone - WE World Vineyard Trinty Red (May 2016) - CC Sterling Sauvignon Blanc (Jun 2016) - CC Sterling Malbec (Aug 2016) In the "one bottle a month" rotation - RJS En Primeur Italian Super Tuscan (Jul 2016) - Peach...
  4. lilvixen

    Issues Post Conversion - PLEASE HELP

    Ah, then I'm adding weight to your request by seconding it.
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    Issues Post Conversion - PLEASE HELP

    To add variety to the conversation, may I request a favicon (i.e. website icon) so I can easily find the forum in my sea of browser tabs? Thanks!
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    Issues Post Conversion - PLEASE HELP

    Thanks, @TxBrew, the post distinctions and gray really help with thread readability.
  7. lilvixen

    Do you like your own wine?

    I was curious about the differences between an INTJ and INTP because I once tested as in the middle between J and P, although not most recently, and I found and skimmed this article. This is a pretty fun one that I don't have time to vet thoroughly, but I nodded and laughed in agreement of the...
  8. lilvixen

    Issues Post Conversion - PLEASE HELP

    Are only a couple "Recent Threads" only available in the small box on the right? I liked visiting the Recent Threads page before to see the recent activity from all categories without having to drill into each one. I see the New Posts at the top, but it appears that once I've read the thread, it...
  9. lilvixen

    Do you like your own wine?

    You'd get a kick out of my [unscientific, because it'd be creepy if I interrogated everyone] attempt to wrestle with hubby's workplace figures. How can a room of 6 software engineers have 5 INTJs and 1 ESFJ?! That defies logic and holds no semblance to a random sample. Granted, the people in...
  10. lilvixen

    Do you like your own wine?

    I tried this with a midlevel Malbec that I made last year, which has the same weird taste I don't like, and the weird taste did go away, so I have hope for red wine batches that are sitting in carboys. Now I just need to exercise patience and let it all age long enough for the flavor to...
  11. lilvixen

    Do you like your own wine?

    I don't believe this part from the INTJ page: If it's true, I have found the niche in the work world and online forums where INTJs congregate. I'm a woman INTJ with fellow INTJ friends and coworkers, my husband works in a bullpen office with five INTJs (he's the only non-INTJ in the room)...
  12. lilvixen

    Do you like your own wine?

    This thread is so timely! I'm still only doing kits, but I'm dealing with the same question. I racked 3 red kits yesterday - CC Showcase and WE LE - ranging from 6 weeks to 6 months from pitch, and they all have a weird flavor that I've never tasted before in a commercial wine, and I'm really...
  13. lilvixen

    WineXpert Anyone tried 2 weeks in primary for skin kits?

    There's a big thread on here on Extended Maceration, if you're interested. If that process seems too long or you don't want to get a Fermonster, the Cellar Craft Showcase instructions call for 10 days in a primary bucket for skins kits, which I did for a CC Showcase Carmenere and an WE...
  14. lilvixen

    Other Extended Maceration Eclipse Lodi 11 Cab

    I promise I'm not trying to turn this into a degassing thread, but I wanted to reply that I use the Brew Belt to ensure my wines are 74-75* before degassing because I need all the degassing help I can get. The difference with this kit vs the three sitting in carboys right now is that the ambient...
  15. lilvixen

    Other Extended Maceration Eclipse Lodi 11 Cab

    And to hear the airlock bloop!
  16. lilvixen

    Other Extended Maceration Eclipse Lodi 11 Cab

    I started a CC Showcase CabMerlot with BM4x4 in EM 12 days ago, and I'm amazed at how much it's degassing. In the dozen kits I've done, this one wins, hands down, for most consistent airlock blooping around the 1.000 mark. (I last checked it over the weekend at 1.002 and won't open it again...
  17. lilvixen

    Last Rites for Lodi's old vine growths

    (Disclaimer: I know nothing about cultivating grape vines.) The article said that the old vines have deep roots, but is transplanting them into rows, rather than replacing them with new vines, feasible? Or if they're replacing Zin with Zin, perhaps they're using cuttings of the existing vines...
  18. lilvixen

    Scratched Better Bottle: end of life?

    Thanks, guys. I'll throw in some kmeta solution tonight and cap it with a bung.
  19. lilvixen

    Scratched Better Bottle: end of life?

    In my growing frustration with degassing, I decided to try using the spoon to degas instead of the J-hook wine whip that I have, just to see if it did any better. I apparently wasn't as careful as I thought I was being, because after racking recently, I noticed the Better Bottle carboy has...
  20. lilvixen

    Cellar Craft Last kit of the year: CC Sterling Malbec

    The Sterling Malbec has hit the magical 1-year mark, and, oh my, I'm starting to understand the magic! I used half a bottle as top up for a wine I racked over the weekend, and last night, we had a bit after dinner. I had opened a commercial Malbec/Cab Sauv for dinner, and hubby poured some of...
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