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  1. knockabout

    Roussanne, when you least expect it...

    I did a roussanne and a Marsanne last year - can’t remember which but one was high in malic - did a mlf on it - used both to blend - blown away!!!!! Ours is a really nice wine!!
  2. knockabout

    Frozen grapes?

    Actually might be better. You’re using a process called cryomaceration to extract more flavor from the grapes! Cheers
  3. knockabout

    First Blend - Timing and Vessel

    I think this gives you a great opportunity to ferment with multiple yeasts and blend down the road for a more complex wine. Also, you get to see how different yeasts affect the same wine - sounds like a great time to me! In this case blend just a bit before bottling! Cheers
  4. knockabout

    Blending kit and grape wine???

    Happy Sunday! Can I blend a kit wine with a red wine made from grapes? I made a tan at last year From grapes and am getting ready to bottle it has gone through MLF and is still lacking something on the mid palate.blending with a kit wine I had in a carboy seems to improve this - I’ve added...
  5. knockabout

    Brix and Blending Questions

    I do agree with salcoco above here's my take 1. In my head it works like this BRIX is when the viticulturist decides to pick. MY SG tells me if I need to add sugar as well as ABV when wine is done fermenting -just easier for me to calculate. 2. I prefer to ferment wines separately with...
  6. knockabout

    Corona Virus & Day to Day

    So sorry for your loss.
  7. knockabout

    Austin grape juice buckets

    I haven’t done them before .... I should’ve really posted this under the kit forum there’s a lot of info there on juice buckets sounds about the same to me
  8. knockabout

    Trade Cheap in San Antonio Area

    Still got any carboys? If so what size and how much? Thanks. Kim
  9. knockabout

    What are your "Top 10" including equipment/tips/tricks pertaining to Kit Wine Making?

    Wanted to direct you to the ‘Yeast topic forum’ here. Lots of info on different yeasts preferences inc BDX
  10. knockabout

    What are your "Top 10" including equipment/tips/tricks pertaining to Kit Wine Making?

    Nope but sounds great! Please report back
  11. knockabout

    Austin grape juice buckets

    Really nice group of folks great meetings once a month. We’re pretty new to the group find it on Facebook San Antonio regional wine guild discussion group... pm me with your email if you can’t find it or have questions.
  12. knockabout

    Austin grape juice buckets

    Nice to meet you Stefan! Mea culpa!
  13. knockabout

    Austin grape juice buckets

    I’m guessing you’re Wilhelm, nice to meet you. No, it was the Houston folks last year that didn’t respond - if I got the story correct it wasn’t clear to Ally C. that they only wanted to arrange for their group - not a problem and I can understand that. I’m in San Antonio so For me to get to...
  14. knockabout

    What are your "Top 10" including equipment/tips/tricks pertaining to Kit Wine Making?

    I’ve used a bunch. I go to the morewinemaking yeast description page and find one suitable for the wine that matches my taste. I’ve used rp-15, clos, d80, d254, d21, bm45, assmanhausen, rc212, e1118 - I’m not the most experienced with these but seems to me e1118gets the Job done without...
  15. knockabout

    The "Leaky Cauldron" - Cellar Craft Showcase Old Vine Zinfandel

    I’ve done 2-3 dozen kit wines.... this has got to be one of the top 3... if not #1. Make sure you save some and age a bottle one year 2 yrs and 3 years... it’s tough as your first kit but I promise you it will be worth it!
  16. knockabout

    What are your "Top 10" including equipment/tips/tricks pertaining to Kit Wine Making?

    Great question and you’ve gotten a lot of good answers! Here’s mine... 1. AIO - love it gotta have it! I can’t lift a full 23l carboy. 2 I have never overoaked a wine. I’ve tried and tried even with my barrel but they all fall back into a nice smooth blend after a year or so... I love oak and...
  17. knockabout

    A 2020 Cab Franc journey with fellow WMT member

    I wondered the same thing... thought everyone Else must Be really strong!
  18. knockabout

    How to reduce bitterness in wine

    Sorry for the late reply. I know some may cringe but I’ve had wine that was too tart or astringent and added a touch a glycerin and found it smoothed things out nicely. For a trial - I’d pour a hole in the paper/foil cover (under that twist off lid ) using a rack then squeeze out a drop and add...
  19. knockabout

    Austin grape juice buckets

    Hi since fine vine wines closed I havent been able to get California grapes in Texas I’ve seen many of you looking for grapes too. -Colavita hooked me up with someone unresponsive to email last year :-( - Austin homebrew supply is selling 5 gallon juice buckets that are balanced and...
  20. knockabout

    Mlf Roussane

    Hi all! harvesting here in Texas so exciting. I have roussane with a malic acid level of 4.2 so plan on mlf. Can I co-inoculate whites the same way possible with reds? Appreciate thoughts and help! Kim