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  1. crushday

    Elderberry concentrate

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    2020 is happening.

    @Kraffty asked: Where do you find those square crates? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07WFQKMPR/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    2020 is happening.

    Very cool, @CDrew... It's been a long couple of weeks for you. My CF is still shedding tiny bubbles...
  4. crushday

    What's in your glass tonight?

    Taking Mrs. Crushday out tonight and bringing the wine. Only a $15 corking fee on a terrific wine.
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    Newbie from Washington

    Tim, where are you located? I'm in Olympia.
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    A 2020 Cab Franc journey with fellow WMT member

    6-8 weeks... Ok, since I’m in this for the long haul I’m in no particular hurry. Also, in terms of my yield. You were very generous with my quantity. I might owe the HOA a bit more coin... I’ve only recently become aware of any type of nutrient for the bacteria. I don’t have any on hand...
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    A 2020 Cab Franc journey with fellow WMT member

    Quick question to the collective. Some info first: I'm planning on letting MLF run its course until Saturday, October 3rd. I'll run a chromatography test that morning and I'll know the results the next day. If it's done, I'll rack. Question: Is there any reason I should rack prior to this...
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    A 2020 Cab Franc journey with fellow WMT member

    NorCal - already inoculated with CH16. I was able to get 88 gallons of free run and pressed wine: 300 liters (79.25 gallons) Speidel tank (pictured) 23 liters (6 gallons) PET carboy (pictured) Two 1 gallon glass jug (pictured) Tastes amazing already! Can’t wait to try aged in barrel after...
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    First Crush since 2017!

    Very cool. What a journey. I look forward to lifting a glass in the future. And, 6DM2 is a cool camera. Right now I’m shooting a 5DM4. I carried it on a 21 day tour of Cuba a few years ago that was amazing. I flew in to Havana, was there a couple days and then was on horseback for the next...
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    A 2020 Cab Franc journey with fellow WMT member

    I had to build a carriage for my 59 gallon barrel today. I won’t be filling it until MLF is done but wanted to get that done this weekend. Here’s a few pics...
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    Confusion on when to start MLF (using Brix)

    I'm no expert and someone else might bring a different perspective as they answer... In general terms, grape varieties such as Riesling, Gewürtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Muscat show more fruity, floral profile with high acidity. Using malolactic fermentation would...
  12. crushday

    synthetic corks

    Ok, I’ll play along. How do you know? I have been using synthetic corks for a couple years. Am I on a runaway train?
  13. crushday

    Elderberry concentrate

    I went to homewinery.com and checked out their site. Not a lot of info on any of their concentrate listings so I emailed them to get more information about the Elderberry. I got a response within an hour. Here's the conversation over email: Can you tell me more about the Elderberry...
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    Extreme Evaporation?

    Stickman, we’re falling prey to my poor communication skills and hasty typing... What I should have said in the first post is the room temperature was the same. A few minutes later I realized the must temp had to be different and undoubtedly the culprit in this investigation. So sorry for the...
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    Extreme Evaporation?

    Another thing I thought of is the wine was likely warmer when I put it in that carboy than it is now considering it was open fermenting with a loose cap. With it a little cooler now the must volume has lowered. Seems like I asked a question too quickly...
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    Extreme Evaporation?

    I pressed Cab Franc must on Monday. One of the vessels I racked to is a six gallon PET carboy with a breathable stopper. If you look at the wine level in the carboy it’s much lower than the stopper. However, two days ago it was almost touching. As I moved the carboy to where it is now I...
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    First Blend - Timing and Vessel

    I’m already done. Harvest was two weeks ago. I’m in secondary right now. I blended at primary enough for a full barrel. I also kept the varieties separate for 100% varietals too.
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    MM wine kit extended maceration

    A couple things from my experience having made dozens of kits and employed EM with most of them: 1. Less is more as it pertains to adjuncts. You don’t need bentonite, Chitosan, Kieselsol, or sorbate (as long as you’re not back sweetening). Replace the afore list with time. No need to...