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  1. Bodenski

    Peach Wine

    Good evening all. I haven't posted in a long while, as I seemed to think I knew everything for a bit :) I have slowed down my wine making, but have several things going now. I finally picked up some right off the tree peaches, and have 4 gallons of peach wine going now. (Followed the recipe...
  2. Bodenski

    Caramel Apple Mead

    Well I've started my most adventurous mead to date. Based upon a recipe I found on another website. Caramel Apple Mead - 3 gallon batch 6 lbs mesquite honey fresh pressed cider to 3 gallons. (I think it was from Hartland orchard out on I66. About a third Stayman apples according the guy...
  3. Bodenski

    Blackberry Mead (First Attempt)

    Just parking my details here for future reference. Picked up 10 or so pounds of blackberries from a road-side stand over the weekend, and am making both a mead and a wine (both one gallon batches). Blackberry Mead (1 gallon) 4.5 lbs blackberries 1.5 lbs Mesquite honey (so far) 7 pints water...
  4. Bodenski

    Blackberry question (mead Vs Wine)

    Good morning. A quick question for the brain trust. I just picked up some wonderful looking/tasting blackberries this weekend from a local-ish farm stand. (It was on HWY 17 driving from Virginia Beach to the DC area.) I plan on making something with it, and the question is this: Should I use...
  5. Bodenski

    A little success

    I made my first wine about 10 months ago, and made a bunch initially (probably 2-3 a month) as I was so excited to be into this hobby. I’ve since slowed way down on the frequency of starting new batches. But having a lot made early on means I have several that have now aged for 6+ months and I...
  6. Bodenski

    MLF Help

    I bought a 6 gallon South African juice bucket this year, and split it into two buckets. One bucket had a lug of grapes added, and the other didn't. I used the same yeast on both, Let them both go to dry and moved to secondary. I split a packet of MLF bacteria between the two. That was about...
  7. Bodenski

    Need for advice

    Yesterday I started my Cherry Melomel, putting all the juice & frozen fruit in a bucket along with the pectic enzyme, nutrient, etc in anticipation of pitching the yeast tonight. However, I now have a family emergency and have to head out of town for several days. I'm thinking since I...
  8. Bodenski

    Cherry mead from Trader Joes Tart Cherry Juice

    The other day at Trader Joes I bought 32 oz of tart cherry juice. Not from concentrate, no preservatives. I'm thinking about making a cherry melomel, but I'm not sure exactly how to translate from the recipes I find to using the tart cherry juice instead. If I've calculated it out...
  9. Bodenski

    The plunge (juice with added grapes)

    Well after 10 or so batches of different country wines & meads, I've decided to take the plunge and try and make some "real" wine. I've ordered a 5 gallon bucket of Cab from Harford Wineries, and I also picked up 20 pounds of Cab grapes (that will hopefully be delivered around the same time!)...
  10. Bodenski

    Berry mead, and a question about starting SG

    I've been making 1 gallon batches of most things, and am getting tired of the work/bottle ratio. So I just started a 3 gallon batch of a berry melomel. Here's the recipe. Berry Melomel 12 lbs honey (Trader Joes wildflower/clover honey) water to make three gallons 9 lbs frozen triple...
  11. Bodenski

    My experience so far. . .

    This post is probably of little interest to anyone but me, but I'm bored and feel like writing! First off, I am an immediate gratification kind of person. I don't like to bake cheesecake, since you have to wait until the next day to eat it. I wouldn't have even gotten into home...
  12. Bodenski

    Question about cranberry wine "leftovers"

    I've read several posts where people reuse the skins in their wines. I'm going to be transferring a cranberry wine (3 pounds of cranberries) into secondary soon, and I was wondering how much they'd flavor another batch if I reused them in like an apple wine. (So essentially add a gallon of...
  13. Bodenski

    Question about JOAM ferment temp

    I started a batch of JOAM yesterday, and it's fermenting quite well. I know the instructions generally have you ferment this in a warm, dark place. I should have thought more about it, as it's getting kinda chilly outside now, and I can't afford to keep the house that warm! Once I top it...
  14. Bodenski

    Noob mistake confession

    Today I learned a valuable lesson. I've had 3 gallons of cider sitting in a carboy for about a month. I've been a little impatient and really wanted to bottle it. (Well, I wanted to bottle 2/3rds of it, some sweetened, some not, and the rest in a 1 gallon jug to continue to bulk age.) So...
  15. Bodenski

    Hello from Northern VA

    Hello all! Figured I'd introduce myself as I feel I'll be doing a lot of lurking. After seeing too many Facebook posts from my brother and brother-in-law making beer at home, I decided to do some brewing myself. But not being a beer drinker, I decided to try some apple cider instead. I got...
  16. Bodenski

    Question about Red Grape Concentrate

    Good evening all. Newbie fruit wine maker here. I've started a Blackberry port recipe that I got from Jack Keller's website. Although I have several months to go before I'm supposed to bottle it, I'm starting to think about the "Red Grape Concentrate" that it calls for. The recipe calls...
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