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  1. dmguptill

    So you insist on drinking your kit wine early . . .

    I completely agree with this. Works with acid too. Had a juice bucket wine, at 2 years now, that I added a bit too much acid to. Could taste the tartness when I opened a bottle a few nights ago. Tonight, after being open a few days, totally different wine. The acid faded into balance, and the...
  2. dmguptill

    WineXpert New Forza Kit

    I'm glad to hear this. I bottled this a couple months ago after a year in the carboy. Tasted ok, but had a funny orange color to it. Will wait patiently on this one. Good thing I have lots of other wine to drink in the meantime
  3. dmguptill

    What’s wrong with whipping to degas?

    Seems to me that vacuum racking as a means of degassing (like what is done with the AIO) is going to result in a much lower vacuum than if you simply seal up your carboy and pull a vacuum on it. Since the wine is continually filling in the void made by the pump. So much lower probability of...
  4. dmguptill

    Wine kits on sale

    Yeah and some places have higher price but free shipping, others have lower price but you pay for shipping. Makes it a little confusing to compare. Ultimately I think I prefer the latter, a little more transparent what you're actually paying for.
  5. dmguptill

    Wine kits on sale

    I was thinking the same thing! About RJS, of course, not the other part...
  6. dmguptill

    What’s wrong with whipping to degas?

    I was happy to get the AIO pump because I had problems getting all the gas out by whipping. I tried warming the wine up first, buying new, more efficient whips, etc. Often had detectable CO2 left. I've never understood how people get away with whip degassing for less than 5 minutes. Never worked...
  7. dmguptill

    Making wine racks

    Thanks. I'm really happy with it, and it was pretty easy to build. Copy away.
  8. dmguptill

    Making wine racks

    Clever design, berrycrush, from a space optimization standpoint. Using the space "inside" the 2x4s to hold the bottles. Though, it looks like it would be a bit tight to slide bottles in without hitting the row above. Perhaps that's just the angle in the picture.
  9. dmguptill

    RJS Cru International Meritage (Canadian Okanagan)

    I made this also, behind where you guys are by several months. I also did not add the fpack, worried about the sweetness. It has been in a carboy for a couple months and tastes pretty good, considering the price.
  10. dmguptill

    Other Master Vintner Sommelier Select Nebbiolo - Looking For Tweaks!

    I bottled it about a month or two ago. It was about a year after pitching yeast (I used 212, didn't need extra nutrients). I did chop up the raisins and I left them sit a good while longer in the wine (forget off the top if my head how long). I put the supplied oak chips in with the raisins. I...
  11. dmguptill

    Making wine racks

    I built this out of 2x10s for the sides, 2x4s for the horizontals (front and back) and furring strips for the individual bottle holders. Screwed the 2xs together and glued the furring strips in place. Altogether less than $40, holds over 126 bottles, about $0.30/bottle. It's not much of a...
  12. dmguptill

    Other Master Vintner - Shiraz Kit

    I have done it multiple ways. But unless you are tweaking it in any way (more oak, tannin, etc.) bottling it after 8 weeks is just fine. These days I tend to add extra oak to almost every kit, so they are naturally in the carboy longer while the oak infuses. First time I did this Shiraz kit I...
  13. dmguptill

    Thieved a taste, and...

    I've found that immediately after using oak (I use the cubes) I almost always get a heightened oak flavor that tends to be overpowering. After 6 months in the bottles, give or take, it fades, and the wines really start to differ.
  14. dmguptill

    WineXpert Eclipse Stag Leap Merlot Extended Maceration

    Yeah, fair enough. This is of prime importance to me at the moment, as I still haven't started this kit yet either. Was hoping to do so around Christmas. I will probably go for the EM, even if it's just for the sake of simplicity. Let me know what you decide.
  15. dmguptill

    WineXpert Eclipse Stag Leap Merlot Extended Maceration

    What would be the argument against? Could it hurt in any way?
  16. dmguptill

    Other Master Vintner - Shiraz Kit

    I have done this kit a couple times. It's one of the better Winemaker Reserve kits from MV. Especially if you give it a year to age.
  17. dmguptill

    2018 Nappa Cab Sav

    NaOH reacts over time with carbon dioxide in the air to generate sodium carbonate, lowering the potency. If the concentration was lower than expected, you'd have thought you titrated more acid than you actually did, which would give a high TA value.
  18. dmguptill

    Mosti Mondiale Master Vintner Volcanic Reaction

    The only reason I can think is the earlier you put the oak in, the less oak flavor you get in the finished wine. I sort of suspect the chips go in at 1.020 because you get a little bit of the benefit of having the tannins there for fermentation but also a little oak flavor that you wouldn't get...
  19. dmguptill

    Mosti Mondiale Master Vintner Volcanic Reaction

    I have had this problem with every 10L Master Vintner kit I've done by the directions. Whether putting the oak chips in the bottom of the secondary or putting them in after racking. Doesn't matter. Wine all over. I've tried all sorts of things to mitigate it. Only one thing works, I've found...
  20. dmguptill

    Structural integrity of carboys

    This may be right. I've seen expansion of my wine in carboys as it has warmed here too (midwest). A couple of the wines, which were an inch or more below the bung, expanded up into the airlock! A big change in volume for liquid. If a solid stopper got wedged in there, it's certainly possible...
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