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  1. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Cloudy after back sweetening

    Keep us posted!
  2. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Cloudy after back sweetening

    I personally wouldn't add more finings just yet. Give it a day or two after you stir it to see if the sugar is really dissolved and then decide on adding more Sparkolloid if it's not clearing. I would go with SuperKlerr or Dualfine instead though if you have it instead of Sparkolloid.
  3. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Help

    Not too much...they usually succumb to alcohol poisoning fairly quickly...damn light weights 😂😂😂
  4. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Stuck fermentation mint wine

    I actually tried to introduce some oxygen when I sloshed as I hoped that that would give the little yeasties a boost. Since I was hoping that it would take off fermenting again and push the oxygen out, it wouldn't hurt the wine
  5. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Help

    My personal opinion is that your biggest worry would be if a bug got in it because the airlock was off...I fight little fruit flies quite often I'm the summer/early fall months. So I would check visually for any little insects, give it another dose of Potassium Metabsulfite and, as long as it...
  6. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Cloudy after back sweetening

    I personally think it's sugar in the bottom, at least from the pic. So I'm just going to make sure I understand completely though... Before backsweetening, when the wine was clear, you racked off the sediment before adding the sugar, correct? I personally always add the sugar before letting it...
  7. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Stuck fermentation mint wine

    Is your wine in a carboy or in a primary bucket? Have you tried agitating the wine, either by stirring or by swirling the carboy vigorously? I had two wines recently that, for some reason, slowed almost to a stop around 1.030. I sloshed the heck out of the carboys and they both took off nicely...
  8. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Fining Agents

    Actually, I add the chitosan anytime after an hour and it's always worked fine for me.
  9. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Fining Agents

    Kieselol (added first) and chitosan (added after a few hours wait).
  10. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Fining Agents

    I also only use SuperKleer/Dualfine. It clears most wines in a week at the most. The only time I use bentonite is when I make a kit wine and it comes with it. The only other wine I make is Dragon Blood varieties. I decided to try it once on one of them and it gave me so much trouble clearing...
  11. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    RJ Spagnols Very Black Cherry - Orchard Breezin'

    I've only made one flavor of Orchard Breezin' kits (the Tropical Lime) and the second batch of that only because it was requested by a friend. I find it so overly sweet that the second time I only added half the f-pack at the end. I did boost the alcohol with extra sugar and juice concentrate at...
  12. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Best label removal hack EVER

    Rather than revive an old thread, I just wanted to say thank you to @CDrew for the best label removing hack I've find to date. I had some bottles given to me but the labels were impossible to get off so I was ready to throw them out. Your method is working like a charm!!!
  13. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    Fumes from sodium metabisulphite

    No matter how careful I am with ventilation, if I get the slightest whiff of PM at sanitizing strength, I immediately start coughing and have what I would consider an asthma attack. I even have issues emptying lemon juice into a primary bucket when I start a batch of Dragon Blood. I finally...
  14. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    SKEETER PEE PORT

    I'll just jump in. I think it's certainly a personal preference or opinion based on what a winemaker has experienced regarding past performance of one over the other. I've had great results with Durafine so it's my fining of choice 😊
  15. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    I'll message you...
  16. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    My carboys are all in baskets now because I once had one break and spill 6 gallons of wine all over my floor. I didn't know whether to cry or grab a straw. It took me HOURS to clean it up 🥺
  17. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    This is my lime Skeeter Pee 4 days after adding SuperKleer.
  18. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    🤣. Well, I could have used better English, so maybe it's me who's been quality controlling too much this morning 🤣
  19. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    WE island mist

    Is it drinkable though, even if it's not what you were expecting? The only part that matters is whether your girlfriends like it. 🤣 I've made some that weren't my faves but friends still loved it.
  20. Val-the-Brew-Gal

    DangerDave's Dragon Blood Wine

    I've not had a lot of luck with bentonite so always use SuperKleer (also known as Dualfine) to clear my wines. I then filter it before bottling using the Vinbrite filter. It's not a fancy system, is inexpensive and does an adequate job... it help gives the wine a bit of polishing.
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