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    Starting SG for Cranberry Apple Wine

    We had a great Thanksgiving day and also had a lot of leftovers. Included in those leftovers were 2 pounds of fresh cranberries, 7 medium Granny Smith apples and 1.5 liters of cranberry juice cocktail (27% juice). That looked like a wine challenge to me since I haven't made country wine...
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    New here

    Welcome to the forum! You might look into wine kits. Good results for starting out.
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    effective cleaning of mesh for next time?

    I would NOT recommend sand blasting. 😁 You might try drying it and then brushing with a soft brush like a toothbrush. Or wet it then try the toothbrush. Different types of soaps/cleaners could work but you need to be careful what you use. It also depends on what the mesh is made of.
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    Wine kits on sale

    wineloversonline.com The medium body kits are $55 and they sent me a 20% off coupon. It arrived in several days, no additional shipping cost and no tax. I'm frankly not sure how they do it all at that price. The heavy bodied kits are $90 and have 16 liters of base juice. I have a Pino Noir...
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    Wine kits on sale

    This thread is a great idea. I don't need more kits at the moment as I have 2 sitting ready to be made. The last one I bought was a Wine Lovers Grenache medium body for $44 including delivery. That was with a 20% off coupon. Normally $55 including delivery.
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    Welch's Juice Concentrates discontinued.... ???

    A few months ago I went looking for Welch's frozen concentrate. What I found was Kroger brand frozen concentrate and it worked fine for me. Same size; 100% juice.
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    Cherry Wine

    Welcome Ziggg! There are several threads in this forum that have chocolate recipes you might look over. I also found this that might help. It seems oils and clearing seem to be common issues when using different methods to add chocolate flavor to wine.
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    Post a Meme, any Meme! (no politics)

    An educational item.
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    WineXpert Bentonite, higher than usual wine loss

    I noticed the bentonite packet in a Wine Lovers Merlot was about half the size of the WE packets I was getting. I'm finishing up the Merlot now and didn't see a lot of sediment. I also finished up a Cru International Nebbiolo with a grape kit and didn't see a concernable amount of lees there...
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    Blackberry Concord Mix

    I've heard that happens too! 😁 I noticed my response was a little late. I didn't think to check the 2nd page. Anyway, I was looking to help a fellow beekeeper. What did you do about the squirrels? They will be back next year. Some of them here are big enough to feed a family of 4.
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    Blackberry Concord Mix

    I read somewhere on one of the threads that you can place a bottle of lees in the refrigerator for a number of days and it will separate to give you more wine. Perhaps someone who has done this can chime in.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Joe, what do you have in the fpac?
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    I was thinking about this question. I don't have a solution for you but you might approach it this way. You can have a sample of your wine tested for mineral content. Then find a wine that has the "terroir" you are seeking and have a sample tested (before drinking it all). Then you will have...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    That makes more sense. Thanks!
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    That is true; it does remove some of the O2. But we're talking about 8 ounces of liquid simmering with the fruit. Then adding to that 5 1/2 to 6 gallons of must. So it can't be much of an impact there. I'm not suggesting boiling is a good idea. I'm just curious why it is bad.
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Ah, pectin haze! More to read up on. So far what I read, one should be careful when using high-pectin fruits to make wine or to tweak wine. Pectin haze can result when pectin is not totally broken down during fermentation. And pectin enzyme helps during fermentation and after fermentation...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Joe, the tips you posted and I followed have vastly improved my wine from kits. But I have a question here. Why never boil? I haven't boiled my tweaking fruits; I simmer them. (by definition (dictionary.com), saute is to cook in a small amount of fat; pan-fry.) Simmering takes the...
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    Other Tweeking Cheap Kits

    Has anyone used Trader Joe's Superfruit spread to tweak a wine kit? I've been eating this for years on biscuits, P&J sandwiches, etc and recently read the ingredients again. Ascorbic acid is the preservative. the rest is blend of fruits.
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    Has anyone made Wine Lovers kits?

    Wine Lovers may have changed the juice volume in their kits, same as Wine Expert did. I bought a full-body Wine Lovers Pinot Noir kit (16 liter) and a medium-body merlot kit (5.2 liter printed on the box although the plastic bag with the juice says 6L bag). There is a light-body kit with 4.8...
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    when good wines gone bad

    I wanted to give an update on my weak wine project. As I said in an earlier post, I pitched yeast in August using 2 cans of grape juice concentrate to make a starter. Prior to pitching, I added a pound of blackberries simmered for a few minutes and enough sugar to the must to get the SG to...