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  1. JCBurg

    Can I test total alcohol after fermentation is complete?

    Like the subject says, can I test alcohol content after fermentation?
  2. JCBurg

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

    I have my first batch of wine made with petite pearl grapes aging right now. It's on its 2nd racking and getting ready for filtering and 3rd racking. Did my first MLF on this one. Not sure how it's all going to turn out... but the MLF is complete, so thanks to everyone who told me I need to...
  3. JCBurg

    Fruit wine - when to remove bag of fruit from primary?

    Well it was worth throwing at the wall I guess, i don’t have much experience but it sounds like an ML fermentation. But I would wait and see what other say
  4. JCBurg

    What's new in your cellar?

    Oh my mistake!
  5. JCBurg

    Fruit wine - when to remove bag of fruit from primary?

    Is it possible there was old yeast in the fermenter? Did you thoroughly sanitize before putting everything in?
  6. JCBurg

    Fruit wine - when to remove bag of fruit from primary?

    That’s what I thought, just wanted to ask.
  7. JCBurg

    Fruit wine - when to remove bag of fruit from primary?

    How do you press the fruit if you don't have a press? Asking for a friend.... LOL
  8. JCBurg

    Gewurztraminer/apple holiday wine

    True it does, but it is so crisp when cool with a fine sweet taste, I think maybe it's more a matter of finding the right apple wine. Anyways, I'm going to make a couple purchases this weekend and try some mixing.
  9. JCBurg

    Adding Lactic Acid to Finished Wine

    So them this would probably be a good candidate for a trial. Figure out the additive quantity, put it in, then age it and see how it comes out the other side.
  10. JCBurg

    Adding Lactic Acid to Finished Wine

    My immediate response to this picture was to laugh, because I thought you were trolling me, now I am just intrigued. Wouldn't a flavoring throw the wine off? It's got all kinds of stuff in it.
  11. JCBurg

    Gewurztraminer/apple holiday wine

    See, this is why I come here. That's a GREAT idea. I bet I could find a good apple wine around these parts as well, just for taste testing sake.
  12. JCBurg

    Oily sheen on top of wine

    I like the idea of a santizing spritzer. I think I will use your 1 gallon recipe. I usually have a pre-mixed solution but a little acid wouldn't hurt to give it some extra punch. And thank you, he's awesome, and my favorite fermentation so far!
  13. JCBurg

    Adding Lactic Acid to Finished Wine

    Is there a way to add diacetal, a little butteriness, to a wine after the fact?
  14. JCBurg

    Gewurztraminer/apple holiday wine

    I have a hankering to buy some G.wurtz grapes and mix wine with a fresh apple wine(maybe with a hint of cinnamon) and I wonder if any of you more practiced somaliers out there would tellme if you think this would be a disaster before I spend the money? I've been kicking it around for 2 years now.
  15. JCBurg

    Oily sheen on top of wine

    What's your sanitizer solution made of? I just mixed campden tablets and water, but i've seen folk stalk about citric acid additions also, you just put it in a spray bottle? The answers about the oily sheen have made me feel better for sure and I have a MLF test kit on the way. I coinoculated...
  16. JCBurg

    What's new in your cellar?

    Are those your bottles? How did you get gold foil for the labels??? I ask because labeling and label design are some of my favorite activities for making my wines, and my tribute Cab Sav in memorium for my dad really could benefit!
  17. JCBurg

    How did you find our forum?

    Obviously my approach to developing any new skill is beat my head against it until learning has occurred. Wine making was going along at a fine pace until I realized it wasn't and I had made and bottled a bunch of garbage, so I went searching for sage advice until I landed here. Now I make...
  18. JCBurg

    Oily sheen on top of wine

    I did so much research and prep work for this batch, basically to find out in this thread that I still have no idea what I am doing. I don't understand why cold stabilization would drop the pH further, so I will look it up. I will be doing some testing this weekend, but if this thing is boogered...
  19. JCBurg

    Oily sheen on top of wine

    I don’t mean to be SO paranoid over this but, it’s all I’ve been able to make all year and I would be crushed if it went bad. But I haven’t done anything overtly harmful.. I’ve had a good process but I’m encountering things I haven’t seen before. I never have done MLF before nor have I cold...
  20. JCBurg

    Oily sheen on top of wine

    Probably 30 degrees
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