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  1. cozmogeek

    Carboys: 5 gl. or 3?

    I used 3 gallon carboys almost exclusively for the first couple years. 5 gallon is just so much heavier it's hard to deal with. I've done a lot more with 5 gallon carboys since I got my all in one wine pump. Every time I move a 5 gallon around I'm at the chiropractor a few days later.
  2. cozmogeek

    FermWrap for Stainless Steel Speidel Tank?

    I know this thread is old but I thought I'd reply and let you know what i found. I tried to use one of those ferm wraps on my 110L Speidel and it didn't really work even though my tank was only half full. That thing is only 30w. It barely got warm to the touch. It was basically barely heating...
  3. cozmogeek

    Washington State shatters grape production record

    I picked up some cab sauv and some muscat blanc from a small vineyard in WA last year. It was $1/lb which didn't seem too bad and looking at those charts it really isn't considering I bought less than 250lbs. They said I'd have to be buying waaay more to get a better price (like 1 ton+). The cab...
  4. cozmogeek

    REVIEW: *allinonewinepump*

    I've found that when i started using the filter that I get a ton of foam while bottling and end up filling up the overflow bottle more than once just from all the foam it sucks up while bottling a 5 gallon batch. I think I need to try adding the pickup tube thing to my filter housing so it...
  5. cozmogeek

    Question on "topping off"

    Yes, people do this all the time. I wish I had the equipment to be able to do so. I do have a 3 gallon batch of mead with one of the allinone wine pump headspace eliminators and it seems to be working well.
  6. cozmogeek

    WineXpert I think I screwed up my Cab/Sauv

    I keep all my notes on my laptop but I suppose that is prone to confusion as well compared to keeping them physically attached to the carboys.
  7. cozmogeek

    REVIEW: *allinonewinepump*

    The amount of gas this thing pulls out is incredible. I had a 1 gallon carboy of mead that has been racked a few times and had been sitting in the closet for a month.. I hooked a head space eliminator up to it and the amount of bubbles that came out of it when I applied vacuum blew my mind. I...
  8. cozmogeek

    REVIEW: *allinonewinepump*

    I just ordered mine.. after having read many pages of this thread I couldn't wait any more. Of course I just racked like 14 gallons of wine yesterday which should make me appreciate this pump even more when I get it.
  9. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    I might be fruit picking crazy but that's a long way to drive :h 30lbs in 3 days sounds like a lot.
  10. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    I'm finally almost out of freezer space, which is good since the berries are just about done. At least the ones near my office anyway.
  11. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    You know you have a problem when you notice something dried on your leg and you're not sure if it's blackberry juice or blood (from the blackberries cutting you)..
  12. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    Wow! I'm a slacker compared to that. I'm close to 30lbs of blackberries now. I get about 2.5lbs per picking which I try to do 4 or 5 times a week.
  13. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    Well the good news is I also have 4 gallons of blackberry wine already going that I made from farm berries. Last year I only had enough raspberries to make 1 gallon and ended up with 4 bottles. After I realized how good it was I went and bought 20lbs of raspberries to go along with the 14lbs I...
  14. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    I think I'm up to about 26lbs of wild blackberries now. People are asking me when I'm going to stop picking them. I'm not sure what to say. There's going to be an intervention soon if I don't stop.
  15. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    Here's the 3 gallon batch of raspberry I started last night with 14lbs of berries I grew at home. The crop this year was crazy.
  16. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    I've been picking berries like crazy the last week. They're super ripe right now so it's easy to pick 3lbs at a time. A couple more times out there and I should have enough for my 3 gallon batch of blackberry. :) EDIT: So I got another nearly 3lbs today... came home and weighed all the...
  17. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    I plan to! I grabbed another 2.5lbs yesterday. I figure a week from now it'll be a lot easier since I won't have to walk 2 miles to find that many ripe berries. I was aiming for enough to do 1 gallon but now that sounds like not enough so I might try for 3 instead. :h
  18. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    The wild blackberries around here are finally becoming ripe. I picked 1.5lbs yesterday.. now I just need to do that a few more times so I can make a small batch of wild blackberry wine to compare to the farm berries. I was only picking the REALLY ripe ones that were falling apart when i pulled...
  19. cozmogeek

    This years fruits

    I got a good price on "day old" blackberries today at the farmer's market. After removing all the bad berries I ended up with 16lbs. I think I'll turn that into 3 gallons of really tasty blackberry wine. The wild berries near me are starting to ripen now too so I'll be out picking those any day...
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