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  1. Okie Parrish

    Juice concentrate measurement

    When a recipe calls for 1cup of red grape juice concentrate is it 1cup of the straight concentrate right out the frozen can or do you mix with water b4 measuring
  2. Okie Parrish

    Bucket headspace

    Got 5 gallons of tropical fruit dragons blood ready to backsweeten Thursday I racket it into a 7 gallon added kmeta and sorbate per package instructions then discovered my GF used my sugar to make cookies Dont want to put it in carboy an dilute it with anythi g just to dilute it even more with...
  3. Okie Parrish

    River trip skeeter pee ideas

    Me an the boys Annual river trip is coming up in mid may and I was thinking about bringing some skeeter pee for the ladys because we usually end up with half the campgrounds at our site partying every night. I want to start a batch this week hopping it'll be ready in time. iv already got some...
  4. Okie Parrish

    Backsweatening banana rocket fuel

    Got a gallon of banana thats cleared up rather nicely but all I tast is alcohol no fruity flavors...i pulled a 2 cup sample to sweeten an test had a simple syrup made with equal parts sugar an water added it 1/2oz at a time 2oz it was almost there an 2 1/2 was perfectly sweet.....2cups of wine...
  5. Okie Parrish

    Ferment stuck for 2 months?

    Had a 3 gallon mead I started back In november when SG got to 1.040 I racked into 3 smaller jugs and flavored 2 of them.....the strawberry and blackberry kept going well and fermented to around .995 but the one gallon I left unflavored stopped at 1.028 thanksgiving and christmas came around and...
  6. Okie Parrish

    Really fast ferment?

    Started a pear wine on friday pitched my yeast (ec1118) saturday morning SG started at 1.070 came home from work Sunday around noon an it had already dropped to 1.002 is it normal to go that fast
  7. Okie Parrish

    My first mead

    So I'm making mead for the first time started out with a 3 gallons in primary starting SG was 1.120 everything seems to be going smoothly I let it ferment in primary bucket tell it got down to 1.030 and racked it into 3 1gal jugs for secondary I added 2lbs og BlackBerry's to 1 gallon, 2lb of...
  8. Okie Parrish

    Bug in airlock

    So if got 5 gallons of straw berry i thought was going pretty great until I went to rack it today and found a bug in the airlock...i was vary thorough with sanitation and there was always possative pressure from the wine pushing the water (or is that negative i forget)......there ..airlock had a...
  9. Okie Parrish

    But in airlock

    Idk this posted twice
  10. Okie Parrish

    Need simple 3gal recipe

    Looking for a simple 3 gal mead recipe....the plan is to split into 3 smaller batchs at secondary and flavor each differently Never made any mead b4 thats why I'm wanting to split it and try multiple flavors I was thinking leaving 1gal unflavored. 1gal I think ill crush some blackberrys into...
  11. Okie Parrish

    Garage discovery...Clean carboy or shooting target

    found an old glass carboy in my neighbors garage. he didn't know anything about it except that it was full of wine when he got it not sure if it was ever used to store any chemicals or anything it wasnt labeled at all. After washing the filth off, it smells like paint thinner. Idk if a splash of...
  12. Okie Parrish

    Clearing dragons blood

    Started a 6 gallon batch of dragons blood last month and followed the recipe closely 2 weeks ago I degased and did sparkloid and racked it to a 5gal carboy and the rest in a 1/2carboy.....it seemed to be working great the first 3 days settled about an inch of sediment then just seemed to quite...
  13. Okie Parrish

    Degas or dont?

    Ok so started a gallon of blackberry the other day and since this is my first batch of wine ever (started 5gal of strawberry same day) im a little conffused on the steps. Iv already racked it to secondary and its been at SG 1.004 for 4 days now so im assuming fermentation is complete and i need...
  14. Okie Parrish

    Db yeast energizer?

    The recipe for dragons blood calls for 3tsp yeast nutrients and 1tsp of yeast energizer...what I found is "Superferment" it says its nutrient and energizer is it......my question is as far as the recipes goes do I count it as the 3tsp of nutrients or the 1tsp of energizer or would I count it as...
  15. Okie Parrish

    Secondary fermentation

    I started 5 gallons of strawberry on Wednesday (8/12) got a S.G. of 1.103 when I added yeast Thursday (8/13) didnt see any fermentation activity untel saturday afternoon (8\15) its now reading 1.084 just wondering what should I be checking for as far when to move to secondary fermentation iv...
  16. Okie Parrish

    Rookie here any expert advice welcomed

    I'm new to the wine making world just started my first batch 5 days ago 5 gallons of strawberry and startef 1 gallon of blackberry the next day My question is what advice you experienced vintner have to offer someone just begining there journey....what is some tips or tricks you wish someone...
  17. Okie Parrish

    Pulp bag?

    I started 5 gallons of strawberry on Wednesday added yeast thursday its not Saturday night and the only activity I see is the pulp bag is blower up like a balloon so I'm assuming the yeast finally started...my question is I used a pillow case for a bag is it ok that its filling up with gas like...