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  1. K

    Pear Melomel Recipe?

    It's been a while since I updated this thread. I've been rather miserly with this wine, but I can say it's the only one that has ALWAYS elicited a positive response from folks. I started a new batch today. The only thing I'm changing is not steam juicing the fruit. We'll see how it goes. :)
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    blending to adjust ph

    I have a question about proper proportions when blending. I have about 10g of strawberry wine that is measuring 3.3-3.4 ph. It's very tart. I did not check the ph of the must before fermentation. My fault. There is enough fruit in the freezer to make about 3g of strawberry. I'm thinking I...
  3. K

    Banana Kiwi - recipe check please?

    It's been almost two years since I tried this recipe. After a couple of months in the carboy, it was an interesting wine with almost a chardonnay taste. After racking a few times, I decided to let it age. Something happened during the next 18 months or so. I went to sample the wine tonight...
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    Alabama wine makers?

    Outside of Huntsville.
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    Alabama wine makers?

    Checking in!
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    Fav Apple Cyser recipe?

    My fall honey flow is about over. I robbed the hives before they could collect too much goldenrod nectar. After robbing the hives, I have an abundance of honey in the kitchen. I'm grateful it's far more than I will use for cooking until the spring harvest. :h Does anyone have a favorite...
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    Pear Melomel Recipe?

    GTS, I thought I answered this before... but I guess not. Sorry for leaving you hanging. I fermented until dry... then backsweetened to taste using honey. If I pull a bottle, should I take a SG reading for you? -K9
  8. K

    Pear Melomel Recipe?

    It's darker than I would have expected a pear to be, yes. Not as dark as JOAM, though. I think your choice in honey will really have an effect on this wine. The honey I used last year was from the cotton harvest last summer. Very light, very sweet. If I had used a pungent wildflower honey...
  9. K

    Pear Melomel Recipe?

    A quick "after action report" on the pear melomel. It's become the wine of choice for my friends, despite it being so young. Of the five gallons I made, I have about a case left. I'm going to put a case in long-term storage. :) I think this recipe could go a number of different ways...
  10. K

    Strawberry Wine Disaster!

    I agree with Cindy. It's far too early to call your creation a disaster. I have strawberry wine that's been aging in a carboy for 15 months. Learn from your new wine and be sure to enjoy it. This hobby is supposed to be fun. :)
  11. K

    Pear Melomel Recipe?

    A steam juicer is like a triple-boiler with a catch pan & drain hose. Fruit is steamed to extract juice and the juice drains into another container. Check out this thread: http://www.winemakingtalk.com/forum/f71/steam-juice-extracti-n-19975/ There are a number of different steam juicers...
  12. K

    Joes ancient orange mead

    I bottled mine tonight after 10 months in the carboy. I got 12 bottles out of a 3g recipe. When I consider loss from the fruit displacement, yeast, and other lees.... I think I'm happy with that. Perhaps a better winemaker could have squeezed another bottle out. It's certainly not an...
  13. K

    Pomegranate ph 2.9

    Okay... it's been 3 weeks. My pom wine has gone from 2.9 to 3.3. I racked it while cold and put it back in the fridge. Tomorrow, I'll start the process over again, by adding another dose of cream of tartar and see if I can get it up to 3.6.
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    Joes ancient orange mead

    1. Be sure you're getting real honey (see the post above about corn syrup blends). 2. With the cinnamon & clove flavor being so strong, I don't believe my palette isn't sophisticated enough to tell the difference. 3. Remember that buying honey locally is supports small business and keeps...
  15. K

    Pomegranate ph 2.9

    DJ, Thanks for the reply. I added Potassium Bicarbonate (3tsp) and then cold-crashed the wine with some creme of tartar. Will leave it there for 3 weeks. The instructions say to bottle the wine before it warms. Is that a must-do or can I rerack and let it bulk age? I can't keep the...
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    Pomegranate ph 2.9

    Recipe: - 2.5g Costco pomegranate juice - sugar to 1.085 - 2 tsps yeast nutrient - 1 package of Red Star Pasteur Champagne yeast - 1/4 tsp tannin The wine is in the carboy. Took a sample today and it's *very* tart. I broke out my pH meter and got a reading of 2.9. How can I...
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    Bought a ph meter - now what?

    I bought a Hanna HI 98127. Any tips for care and feeding of this little toy?
  18. K

    Bought a ph meter - now what?

    So, I bought a pH meter. It's a nice little thing and I got storage & calibration solutions for it. So, how do I interpret the results? If I get a ph of X, how can I use that number?
  19. K

    Joes ancient orange mead

    Nothing really to add... mine has been sleeping in the carboy, nestled in the garden tub with all the other carboys. I'll probably bottle in the spring.
  20. K

    Choosing a ph meter?

    For a variety of reasons, including my poor color vision, I'm interested in picking up a digital ph meter for my musts and wines. Can anyone recommend (or steer me away from) a particular brand or model?
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