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    Recent press, not bubbling.

    Ten days? I’ve had fermentations finish in four… my guess is it’s done already.
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    New (old) home with vineyard owner

    The first year you typically let the vine grow however it wants. Ignore the form since you just want it to put down good roots. Next spring you can prune to the best vine and start forming a trunk. You need to remove the tube in time to let the vine harden off before winter. So maybe a month...
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    Just found this a few seconds ago

    Welcome. First, if you want a sweet wine the typical process is to allow the wine to ferment dry then stabilize and back sweeten to your taste. You can search the site for “back sweetening”. You can pick a yeast with a high alcohol tolerance and get in the 16% ABV range… perhaps a little...
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    Weed suppression around new grape vines

    What do the commercial vineyards by you have? In the Midwest I see mulch or turf grass. I’m keeping a relatively weed free strip under my wires by hoeing… they are new vines. Long term, I’m thinking of going to mulch
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    New (old) home with vineyard owner

    I get 36” of rain a year so no help on the irrigation! How many vines do/will you have?
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    Post a photo, any photo

    What!!! You’re not MAKING the cabinets yourself????? 🤣
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    Hello from Extremadura...

    Welcome. That is a beautiful view indeed!
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    raisin wine

    Yes ☝. With my one experiment the blend was better than either one. Like you said, each yeast brought something and together they were better.
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    raisin wine

    Personally I’m early enough in my winemaking hobby that I haven’t tried many side-by-side comparisons. The one time I tried it there was a definite difference in the two carboys. Both good… but notably different.
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    Vinyard leasing costs

    Do you have a university extension program in Virginia? If they have a grape or fruits program contact them. If not try the agriculture program.
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    Post a Meme, any Meme! (no politics)

    Same here. ETA: I’ve never heard of whacko conspiracy theorists wearing aluminum foil hats… coincidence?
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    raisin wine

    What kind of yeast are you using? Some old recipes still call for bread yeast. I would definitely use a wine yeast such as Lalvin EC1118. There are better ones that bring certain tastes to the wine but EC1118 is a workhorse.
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    How did you find our forum?

    Well you have come to the right place! Mead and winemaking are very much alike.
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    Old Vine - Need help

    Welcome to the forum. What area of the country do you live in? I don’t see any obvious buds, and judging by the surrounding vegetation I would expect to see some. That said, grape vines can be pretty hardy. If you cut some smaller vines is there any green inside? Maybe you’re lucky and it’s...
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    Elderberry wine

    I did not care for elderberry wine until I tasted my 2yr old wild elderberry. At three years it was already better than any commercial offering I have tasted… backed up by everyone I know who likes elderberry! Unfortunately, at year four I only have a few bottles left😥
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    raisin wine

    It’s just an odd way of saying to put the cover back on the bucket! The raisin pulp is in a mesh bag in the liquid for seven days. Myself, I would add the pectic enzyme and the campden tablet at the same time.
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    What's for Dinner?

    I know a couple who Do. Not. Cook… ever! They eat out or from a bag with dip! I wonder what their monthly food bill is?
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    Starting a new vineyard

    They are so dang floofy in the winter!
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    What's for Dinner?

    That’s it… I’m going to have to buy some quality paprika. I was going to grow paprika peppers this year but life got in the way and I never ordered the seeds.
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    Post a Meme, any Meme! (no politics)

    Good point… not that there aren’t people out there stupid enough to try that!