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  1. Paulietivo

    Grape skin Packs

    I found these red wine raisins, has anyone used them? They're only available from looks like the sell kits branded as abc kits aka fontana...
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    Grape skin Packs

    This looks intriguing as they're readily available. How do you prepare them for the must? What quantity is used for 6 gallons of juice? Thanks
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    Cranberry wine at 1.006 for a month

    Nice! I ask because I'm in Massachusetts now so its easy to get cranberries when the season arrives. Anyway I use to play soccer in east stroudsburg tournament when I was a kid. Fun times up there. So back to the cranberry wine. What recipient did you follow? If any. I follow an old EC Kraus...
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    Still new in home wine making

    Have you used a hydrometer? Which yeast did you use? (If any) What type of wine are you making?
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    Cranberry wine at 1.006 for a month

    Great color! Did you use fresh cranberries? How many pounds?
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    Cranberry wine at 1.006 for a month

    My second go at the cranberry wine was to go for off dry or semi sweet. No potassium bicarbonate this time. I fermented to dry w R2 yeast. Backsweeten w monin pure cranberry syrup & will definitely use this process again as it added body and flavor. Also a little glycerine to smooth it out...
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    Cranberry wine at 1.006 for a month

    I actually made a dry cranberry wine and people either loved it or hated it. I fermented to dry so below 1.00 but think it was around .996 if I remember. I added potassium bicarbonate to raise the ph to low 3s. & Pectic enzyme. I didn't back-sweeten but added glycerin for body and smoothness...
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    Other Recommend kit for dry riesling?

    The kit is most likely designed to be back-sweetened w the package that came w it, so it may not taste like the varietal without it. Juice buckets are the way to go. I like R2 yeast for dry reisling. A ready to go option is mondiale fresco reisling from New York state. Very good dry in my...
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    Cranberry wine at 1.006 for a month

    It could be. What is the ph of the juice? Cranberry has a low ph and that combined w the alcohol may have it stuck. Have you added any yeast energizer or anything to get it started again?
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    Question about "oaking" or flavoring

    Yes the oak spirals are single use. It only takes 6 weeks for full extraction but you can leave them in longer, I always do. I like the flavor of the heavy toast compared to medium and light. Light us more of a nose than flavor imo. Wine stix on the other hand take much longer to extract the...
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    Post a photo, any photo

    Did you ever figure out what format to upload videos? My small video from Android says the same thing and I cannot upload it. For everyone, what file extensions are able to be uploaded? Mine is currently .mp4. Thanks
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    AWS Amateur Competition

    Congratulations! Did you use grapes, juice or kits?
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    Question about "oaking" or flavoring

    If you added sulphites already then mlf might be out if the question but its ok. It will be a good wine. If you didn't add sulphites then try mlf. For oak my preference is oak spirals. You can choose the toast level and there is full extraction in 6 weeks. Basically add at your next racking...
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    Wine not clearing

    Add a second dose K & wait 48 hrs. If it's clear, skip the C. I've had this issue and the C caused the clouding. I know it sounds illogical but it happened to me twice in separate batches of white wine. Salute! 🍷 🥂
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    Limoncello, take 2

    Love Lemoncello. Let me share my hack for peeling the zest very quickly although can be slightly messy. I use a table mounted apple peeler. The juice of the lemon will run down the table but its so fast I won't even consider using a knife or hand zester any longer. Super easy, just turn the...
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    How soon filter? How soon bottle?

    You mentioned filtering the wine early but that is not a good idea. The filter will most likely clog because of too much sediment. What kind of filter do you have btw? In my opinion you have a couple options. The first would be to rack every month until November or when you can visibly see...
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    Liquid Oak extract

    I haven't used it specifically but I have used super smoother which contains a small packet of it. In all the wines I used it in were mostly reds. It kind of makes them all taste similar but I haven't gotten any complaints about them. I've added this to some of my favorites but remember this is...
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    At 18% not much will live except to tell the tale of Dawgs misstep. Add some clarifiers a bit early to get the extra junk out. Other than that keep sipping. Salute!
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    Looks like I wasted a small fortune on winemaking gear!

    There's only one place I can think of that brewsy 5 day wine would be amazing. That place is called Prison.