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  1. Intheswamp

    Beer to drink while waiting on wine to age?

    Ok, there's a thread going on in the beginner's winemaking subforum... "Drinkable wines while waiting for others to finish aging". But, I like beer, too, but have never brewed any. I'm thinking of brewing beer to help "span the ages". I'm a wimp and normally drink Coors Lite.:h And, I...
  2. Intheswamp

    Midwest Supplies = Northern Brewer?

    I tried to log into my Midwest Supplies account this morning but it wouldn't let me. It gave me a message that the website had sent me an email to reset my password, but...I've yet to receive that email. A little while later I decided to hit the "CHAT" feature...the window popped up and I...
  3. Intheswamp

    Other Expiration date/code? Vinters Harvest

    There is a homebrew store that has some Vinter's Harvest wine base for sale on a "clearance" shelf...basically half price. Seems like a good deal but this is a new store that opened up where a previous homebrew store was located. I don't know whether this is NOS or freshly ordered. The new...
  4. Intheswamp

    Can I bottle sparkling wine with my gear?

    Newbie Alert!!! Ok, I'm toying with the idea of getting some champagne bottles to bottle wine in. I'd like to eventually try bottle carbing. But, in reading it seems that the champagne bottles require different equipment than what I have. I have a Portuguese Red corker and a double-handed...
  5. Intheswamp

    New 60' single-wire muscadine trellis...post tops?

    I just got through setting some 6" posts for a 60' single-wire trellis for three muscadine vines...two Isons and one Noble. I plan on running the wire across the tops of the posts. What I've curious about is how best to protect the end of the posts from water sitting on them and promoting rot...
  6. Intheswamp

    High Fructose Corn Syrup...what about it?

    I bought a couple of cans of peaches the other day figuring on using them to make some wine. It was an impulse buy. I was in a hurry picking up something else, saw the peaches, blah, blah, blah. Anyhow, I'm the proud owner of them and just read that ingredients include HFCS. 1. HFCS is bad...
  7. Intheswamp

    "100% Juice" versus "100% Juice From Concentrate"

    Ok, the Welch's Grape Juice company's discontinuing their line of frozen fruit juice concentrates has me thinking. I picked up some Kirkland100% Apple Juice (only ingredient stated is apples) at Costco the other day. I also picked up some Welch's 100% Concord Grape Juice (only ingredient...
  8. Intheswamp

    Welch's Juice Concentrates discontinued.... ???

    I mentioned in another thread about going out of our way to go by a Krogers Grocery Store in Opelika, Alabama because the Welch's Juice website that they carried the White Grape and Peach Concentrates. (Thirty minutes out of our way on a trip home from Georgia.) Naturally there wasn't a single...
  9. Intheswamp

    Muslin vs. bed sheet cloth

    Muslin has a good bit lower thread count than bed sheet cloth has. Apparently the muslin will let more oxygen through than the bed sheet but is it a big enough difference to warrant going out and buying new muslin? I've got old bed sheet material on hand. ??? ETA: This is to be used for...
  10. Intheswamp

    Sugargate muscadines for wine?

    Do Ison's Sugargate muscadines make good wine? I will be mixing two of the Sugargates with a single Noble. The Sugargates are noted for excellent *eating* but nothing is really mentioned about wine making on the website. Being a long-term investment I would love to get some feedback from...
  11. Intheswamp

    Stirring must before transferring to secondary....???

    Newbies, I'm a newbie, too. So, take the below with a grain of salt. I'm just trying to verify/clarify something that I've read. ============================================ I've got something that I've been meaning to ask about. It regards the transfer/racking of must from the primary...
  12. Intheswamp

    Vacant mobile home wine room...

    I'm a rank newbie and really won't be making a great amount of wine (so I say<grin>). Being located in south Alabama it is hot and humid down here. Winters are usually not that cold with subfreezing temperatures usually only at night and might be consecutive night time freezing for 2-3 day...
  13. Intheswamp

    Another one of those Welch's White Grape & Peach wine threads...

    This probably seems to many to be an old looped rerun of an old train wreck, but here goes... :re I've tried to write down what I think I need to do to ferment a couple of gallon jugs worth of Welch's White Grape & Peach wine. Actually, I think it'll come out to around 2.5 gallons. I follow...
  14. Intheswamp

    Bottling 7 year old traditional mead??

    This weekend I hope to bottle 3 gallons of mead that I made seven years ago. 3.5 quarts of honey, KIV-1116 w/Go-Ferm, staggered nutrients. The last recorded SG was 1.008This mead came out of primary and into a 3-gallon carboy and has sat on the lees ever since then. It has had an airlock on...
  15. Intheswamp

    Corks and a corker.

    I'm thinking of going ahead and biting the bullet and buying a floor corker before I try tackling my 3-gallon carboy of seven-year-old traditional mead. The one that I'm looking at is the red Portuguese floor corker. It seems to have been well thought of and recommended over the last several...
  16. Intheswamp

    Medicine, vitamin bottles for chemical storage?

    I was wondering if anybody uses pill bottles to store chemicals in. I'm just getting back into fermenting (not that I ever did much) and I will have a small supply of chemicals. I've read an article that makes sense (I have no idea where it was, though :dg). It basically laid out the idea...
  17. Intheswamp

    Can we still add sugar?

    Buddy of mine started a 2 gallon batch of pear wine a couple of weeks ago. This is the link to the recipe article: https://delishably.com/beverages/Easy-homemade-pear-wine-recipe The ingredients are: 3/4 gallon pears 2 lbs. sugar 1 1/4 gallon boiling water 1 packet or 1 tsp. bread yeast He...
  18. Intheswamp

    How many gallons can I ferment with one ounce of...

    Potassium Metasulfite? Potassium Sorbate? Pectin Enzyme Powder? Yeast Nutrient? (I know there's many different kinds, but...???) The packages pretty well tell you the size dose to use but they don't tell you how many doses are in the package. I'd like to buy enough to do maybe 10 gallons over...
  19. Intheswamp

    Where to get fresh yeast?

    There are tons of vendors selling wine supplies and trying to pick one or two to order from is kind of confusing. With so many out there it seems there would be a chance some of them might not be turning inventory as fast as others. Any recommendations on vendors to purchase from...good...
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