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  1. Skibum Ben

    Cellar Craft Amarone (1st kit with skins and EM)

    It’s been almost a month and for the past 2 weeks my gravity has been stuck on 1.010. Last week I added some go-ferm and another packet of EC-1118 with hopes of restarting and still nothing. My fermentation temp is 73 degrees. Any thoughts.
  2. Skibum Ben

    Cellar Craft Amarone (1st kit with skins and EM)

    24+ hours after pitching and happy fermentation going on. I’ve always fermented with airlock from the beginning having been a home brewer never straying from what I had been told to do. This time I just have a clean cloth secured over top of fermenter as I read in other posts. Amazing...
  3. Skibum Ben

    Cellar Craft Amarone (1st kit with skins and EM)

    Thank you @Johnd. After 24 hours my SG was 1.094. Adding 6oz sugar p/gal to bump it up to 1.110.
  4. Skibum Ben

    Cellar Craft Amarone (1st kit with skins and EM)

    Just started this kit today. Following advice of others and first step, add all the ingredients (bentonite, juice, water, grape skins, and oak chips) to bucket. Going to let it sit for 24 hours before pitching yeast aand go-ferm. Initial gravity is 1.089 which I know is low but sounds like...
  5. Skibum Ben

    WineXpert Sangiovese today

    Started a WE Selection Sangiovese today. Added 1 1/2c of raisins and 1/2c dried cherries to primary. Pitched with BM 45 and some Go-Ferm. SG 1.090. Fermenting at 72. Will add Nutrient at 1.020 or so.
  6. Skibum Ben

    Cellar Craft Amarone (1st kit with skins and EM)

    Thank you @jgmann67! Your Amarone post along with joeswine and others posts on tweaking kits has been my inspiration to do this. Will definitely take your recommendations. I will post updates once I get this going (possibly next weekend)!
  7. Skibum Ben

    Greetings Wine Making Enthusiasts

    New guy here with three kits under my belt so far. I lived in Italy for a year a few years back and got hooked on good quality (yet inexpensive) wine. Used to go to the local store where they filled up your empty wine bottles from a tap and charged you 2-3 euro. Would get 4-5 bottles a...
  8. Skibum Ben

    Cellar Craft Amarone (1st kit with skins and EM)

    Yeah, Im business process guy for my day job, so I tend to get kind of detailed. Thanks for the reply!
  9. Skibum Ben

    Cellar Craft Amarone (1st kit with skins and EM)

    Hello everyone, I am a newb here and will be making my 4th kit in a week or so. It is the Cellar Craft Showcase Amarone. After reading numerous posts on this site I am going to do an extended maceration for ~6 weeks. Below is my plan of attack and welcome any recommendations or suggestions...
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