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    Honey - third most faked food in the world

    One way to find a local honey source is to do an internet search for a local or county beekeepers association. I am the VP for our local association. Also, there is the online neighborhood market places to try.
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    Grandson took all my bungs out!

    My thoughts ... congratulations! You have discovered a wine making assistant although he is a bit young. It seems he has mastered the first step in tasting wine from a carboy. The next step in his official training might be to put the bungs back. I suggest you delay the wine tasting training...
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    Cranberry wine recipe wanted.

    I added some apples with mine. About 15 or 20 percent apples I recall. And a half stick of cinnamon to make a 4 gallon batch.
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    Other Vanilla extract

    I once added 1 teaspoon of extract to 6 gal of Grenach after fermention had finished. A Wine Lovers medium body kit. Very good after aging 1 year. Became more pronounced after 2 years. I'll do it again but only half as much. As Joe said, less is more.
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    Just introducing myself

    Welcome to the forum!
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    Has anyone made Wine Lovers kits?

    I've made 4 or 5 various reds. All were tweaked slightly and all turned out very well. I have some going on 2 years and they age well so far. I will use them again.
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    Carboy brush for plastic carboys

    Thanks Rocky, great suggestion!
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    Greetings From Finland

    Welcome to WMT! Kits can be interesting. I started out just following the kit instructions. Now I add some of this and that, in primary and/or secondary or while aging. As Joeswine say, a little is a lot.
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    Japanese beetle problems?

    This is great! I have a number of young fruit trees surrounding my bee hives. So this DE approach is something I will definitely try.
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    Hey there. How ya'll are?

    Welcome to WMT!
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    Hallo (Virginia)

    Welcome to WMT! Seems you will have lots of wine making adventures.
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    Any other thrifty wine makers out there?

    There are a number of kit wines that are fairly inexpensive. I'm talking about $50 to $70 each. I've made a number of them and all have been better tasting (to me) than anything I bought over the years from Trader Joes for $8 to $12. In large part it's because the kit producer designs the kit...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    The grape pack came from Finer Wines and I used it once in a Super Tuscan. In the freezer right now. I will put in for a second run and toss it afterwards. It came with grape seeds as well so I'm hoping it will add a little body and a little tannin. The oak would give it more tannin if I put...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I ordered an MV Cab Franc kit from Midwest Supplies with a 20% off promotion for Fathers Day. Northern Brewers has the discount also. (Only a couple days left on that deal if you're interested.) I should have it by Thursday. It's a 10 liter kit so I consider it one notch above a cheap kit. But I...
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    What are you making and what have you made ???

    My next is a MV Cab Franc. I ordered it from Northern Brewers with a 20% off promotion for Fathers Day. (Only a few days left on that deal if you're interested.) I should have it by next Thursday. It's a 10 liter kit so I consider it one notch above a cheap kit. But I still plan on tweaking...
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    Welcome to WMT!
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    When I need a new appliance I start with Consumer Reports and look at their top 5 or 10 recommendations. I go with the assumption that whatever might have been good 5 or so years ago is not the same thing (company, manufacturing location, design or spec, parts and suppliers, etc.) today. Another...
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    Got out The Beast to till a garden for first time in over a DECADE

    I'm impressed the tires hadn't dry rotted. Enjoy your ride!
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    Cab Franc in Fairfax County, NOVA

    Good luck this year. I think your photo was a duplicate of the other. But t looks healthy.