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  1. David Violante

    Post your labels here

    I saw this email yesterday and it made me think immediately of all the amazing labels here. There’s a little time left in The WineMaker Home Wine Label Contest. I don’t have anything to enter but there are some great ones here that should be sent in!
  2. David Violante

    Blackberry Concord Mix

    Ahhh - gotcha. I read it as if you were asking the question - my apologies, and thank you for reaching out to help a fellow beekeeper! So, I netted, picked a little earlier than I would have liked, and am hoping for a better 2021. If that doesn't work out, well, there's squirrel stew. How are...
  3. David Violante

    Blackberry Concord Mix

    I just did a quick search here, check out this thread by @winemaker81 he has a great picture of the results of the process.
  4. David Violante

    Suggestions for adding some body to mead

    Ah very cool. We could meet sometime in NYC too, I'm sometimes down there to teach depending on my schedule. The conference is usually Thursday through Sunday. I'll PM the details.
  5. David Violante

    Blackberry Concord Mix

    Yes, you can! I've done this with the blackberry wine above after pressing it, to help further separate the wine from the lees. It was just tough to get the gross lees separated out. I believe your question, however, is to get more wine out of the lees, which is similar enough to the concept...
  6. David Violante

    Blackberry Concord Mix

    Update on the blackberry concord mix: It's tasting really good, very blackberry forward and VERY tart. I may backsweeten a smidge, but I want to wait a while before making that decision. If I did, I would probably use some honey to do so. Still, it tastes great.
  7. David Violante

    Suggestions for adding some body to mead

    Following up... the mead tastes pretty good with the added oak although it's still pretty light. I didn't think the oak would fix that, but it is a nice additional flavor. Since it's my first mead, I'm going to still call it a success with the knowledge that I need to start with more honey next...
  8. David Violante

    Suggestions for adding some body to mead

    I finally go to the mead yesterday and added half the honey of what I thought tasted good, so as not to over do it. I'll check it again in a week to see how it doing. It's far easier to add more to it later on than take any away (I did add potassium sorbate a few days ago well ahead of time). I...
  9. David Violante

    DeChaunac Recipe

    Ok so here they are... RC212 on the left, and D254 on the right. I’ll say up front that these are merely my hardly-qualified descriptions about how I perceive their tastes. So, here goes... There is a very fruit forward aroma of cherries and vanilla, and they are both quite young of course...
  10. David Violante

    Suggestions for adding some body to mead

    So I didn’t get to the mead yesterday, it was a day of yard work and then racking. Hopefully today. I do like the suggestions of oak as well. I have a medium toasted oak spiral to try. I picked up some glycerine to bench test as well.
  11. David Violante

    Suggestions for adding some body to mead

    Ahhh... yes... that makes sense. I think for practicality and as a matter of practice, I would like to stick with using a hydrometer and measuring SG. That having been said, I just added a teaspoon of honey to 250ml of this mead and it made a huge difference. It is still a little ’watery’ to me...
  12. David Violante

    Suggestions for adding some body to mead

    I like the idea of doing another mead that is a bit more concentrated and then combining the two, and also trialing a few variations for taste. Thank you @VinesnBines for those suggestions. I also hadn’t considered combining it with some other wines. @BernardSmith you're right about the...
  13. David Violante

    Suggestions for adding some body to mead

    I made 5 gallons of mead back in June following a very basic recipe from an online meadery. I used 9# of raw honey to 4.5 gallons of water, and D47. It fermented to about 8.5% ABV. This was my first and I’m considering it a success. It turned out great but a little thin. When I make another I...
  14. David Violante

    Homemade wine press I made

    My bucket does the same thing. I was considering a stainless steel one, but it keeps going back into shape. I'm going to add a stainless pot with a spigot to mine, that the strainer bucket sits in. I keep getting these small streams going out everywhere. I also like that yours has the ability to...
  15. David Violante

    Blackberry Concord Mix

    So I did end up straining it, thank you for the suggestion. It really didn’t go as planned since there was so much pulp. The strainer kept getting clogged. So, I pressed it. Super happy with the yield and look now. It’s out on the back deck in a balmy 40F. I did the best I could to sparge and...
  16. David Violante

    Chaptalization during fermentation calculation

    I’ve saved it to my favorites...! Thank you all again~ I really do appreciate understanding what’s going on and why.
  17. David Violante

    Chaptalization during fermentation calculation

    Thank you all ~ in the end, you are right, it won't matter much for practicality's sake. I'm asking more for the understanding of the math and science of it all. I very much appreciate all the nuances of the art and the amazing perspective of how and why each person does what they do. If I can...
  18. David Violante

    Chaptalization during fermentation calculation

    Hmmmm... I didn’t accurately measure the volume past “it’s at the 1 gallon mark on the fermenter”. When I mixed in the sugar I used some must to dissolve the sugar so I didn’t add water to the must. I’ll have to figure out those calculations. I did this with a 1 gallon BlackBerry, and two...
  19. David Violante

    Chaptalization during fermentation calculation

    I'm looking for a way to come up with the final potential ABV of my wine. The caveat is that I added sugar during fermentation as I realized that the original SG was fairly low. Yep. I should have just added up front. I did take readings along the way so I know what initial, pre- and...
  20. David Violante

    Blackberry Concord Mix

    Holy moly... yeah, we do have a lot of squirrels. I’m going to have to do something. So, is there a decent way to get the lees of this BlackBerry Concord compressed any more than they are? Centrifuge? it looks like I only have a half bottle in there.
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