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    Bulk aging

    I have finally reached that point where all of my wines (all from juice) are bulk aged at least 2 years. My only reason is that I don't have space for all those bottles. I was getting to like Robie but now you have broken the bubble. :HB
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    Sanitizing a filter

    I unwrap it and use it. If you soak it in water, it will absorb the water and mix into the wine. Never had a problem. I use #1's. Richard L.
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    Sanitizing a filter

    I unwrap it and use it. If you soak it in water, it will absorb the water and mix into the wine. Never had a problem. Richard L.
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    Working on Labels

    Beautiful labels. I like the heavy labels and I use my grand daughters glue stick after I spray on a couple layers of my wife's hair spray. Labels come off with water. :b
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    The scent of egg.... is this OK?

    Try stirring with copper electrical wire. No problem getting it out. :b
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    How long for corks to pop?

    What Arne said. Just watch the temp.
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    Floor Corker Maintenance

    I wipe the business parts of my Italian floor corker with rubbing alcohol. :b Lurker
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    filtering

    I use a whole house filter 3 times for each wine. I first rack after using Superkleer without the filter. With the Superkleer it may block the filter. After 3 months I rack again using a 5 micron filter. Then one more time with 5 microns about 4-5 months later. Five months later I do it...
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    Bottling for the first time...

    Don't do it. More than 50 ppm can be tasted, yeock. Richard L :ft :b
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    Airlock for primary fermentation

    What Dan said. :b
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    Smoky Wine

    I put some smoked malt into a ½ gal of Chablis. I'll taste it in a couple of weeks and report. Richard L.
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    Air Conditioning out!! My wine storage area temp increased so...

    My cellar gets to 80º almost every summer. It is 80º right now. All I do is check corks and levels on carboys. I usually have to take some wine out of each carboy to insure no over flows into the locks. It happened a few years ago but never again. If I find a bottle with the cork out a...
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    Smoky Wine

    For my birthday, my daughter bought me a bottle of Johnnie Walker Double Black Scotch Whiskey. My first taste ever. It was excellent with a wonderful smoky flavor. Now I need to know how to add that flavor to my wine. My local supplier suggested adding smoked malt. I need some opinions from...
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    Filter disaster

    I replaced my valve and sealed the hole. It has been working fine for about 2 years and I use the string filters. Richard L.
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    Racking? no racking until bottling Pinot Noir / Syrah?

    I rack all of my wines 3 or 4 times sometimes 5 times. I like my wine. Richard L.
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    Vacuum splash rack & oxidation

    If you mean to allow the wine to fall into the carboy while vacuum racking, I've been doing it for a few years with no ill effects. I do give it a final shake before bottling to get out the last bit of gas but that is one of the benefits of vacuum racking.
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    First try with whole house filter

    First I will apologize for not reading all of the answers. That said, I hope not to repeat what someone else has suggested. I have been filtering the same way that you are filtering for about 3 years. If you see bubbles in the lines, that will tell you where it is leaking. Then you should be...
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    Chocolate question

    How do you get the chocolate wafers, (parts of a bar, I presume) to melt in the wine? Richard L.
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    What does a "wine thief" actually look like?

    I'm sure a real wine thief would be wearing a hoody. Richard L.
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    Where can bulk precipitated chalk be acquired wholesale?

    Try unflavored tums. Don't laugh, they work. Richard L.
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