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  1. winojoe

    RJ Spagnols RJS EP Super Tuscan

    DOAH! You all are all correct; that is way too much for a 23L kit. My standard batch for the winery is 4 kits (to fill a 100L tank). This is when I use 32 grams total (8 grams per 23L). Thank you for the correction.
  2. winojoe

    RJ Spagnols RJS EP Super Tuscan

    I have four Super Tuscan to ferment and plan on using BM4x4 on it. My first experience using BM4x4 was with RJS Winemakers Trio Red (Cab Sauv/Syrah/Zinfandel). It turned out really great. I use to do nutrient additions at the beginning and then 1/3 depletion. This has changed to performing...
  3. winojoe

    Airlock issues

    That is a good modifier.
  4. winojoe

    Airlock issues

    There is a lot of CO2 generated during the hard fermentation. So, imagine all that CO2 trying to get out of that tiny hole of the airlock. This is why you get the big blow-out. As suggested earlier, perform the hard fermentation in a food-grade bucket. Some like to place a towel over the bucket...
  5. winojoe

    Tennerra Winery is our new name (name change due trademark problem)

    Tennerra Winery is our new name (name change due trademark problem)
  6. winojoe

    First time making beer, need some advice

    Being a home brewer, I have a few pieces of advice: 1. I always said that beer brewers make great winemakers because they understand the importance of sanitizing. Wine is more forgiving than beer when it comes to this. The malt is a real feast for bacteria, spores, etc. So, make sure everything...
  7. winojoe

    Yeast for sale 5 gram packages (CLOS, D254, D21, R2, W15 and CROSS EVOLUTION)

    These yeasts have been re-packaged from a 500 gram bag in order to make available to the consumer some fine professional wine yeasts. They are being sold in quantities of 5 for $10 which includes shipping within the contiguous United States. Here is what I have available: Lalvin CLOS...
  8. winojoe

    Has anyone used Tannin additives?

    I bought some fermentation tannin from Scott Labs and used it in my Old Vine Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Now, I 'm thinking of using a finishing tannin. This is my first venture into the subject. Does anyone have experience using them?
  9. winojoe

    Where to Buy Grapes in Michigan

    There are really only three places in the Detroit area to get grapes: Macomb Vintner Supply (Sterling Heights), California Wine Grape Company (Southwest Detroit) and Ventimiglia Market (Sterling Heights). Some people in the Detroit area opt to go to Canada (Windsor) for grapes from Borrelli's...
  10. winojoe

    New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. Atmosphere or Eclipse?

    I have been making the RJ Spagnols Cru International Ontario Sauvignon Blanc. QA23 and cutting it off at 1.005 makes for slightly sweet with grapefruit undertones.
  11. winojoe

    I made wine!!! Now a bottling question...

    Congratulations on a successful batch of wine! Hand corkers are great for doing a small batch. Seeing that you had a great experience with your first wine, human nature says you will get the bug and start making more batches. As you ramp up production, a floor corker is an indispensable...
  12. winojoe

    Have You watched "Bottle Shock"

    My favorite scene is when Mr. Garcia says, "I should have sold my grapes to Gallo". Then Gustavo tastes the wine and says, "taste this, then tell me you'd sell those grapes to Gallo" ...freakin' awesome scene! How about when Alan Rickman tries the guacomole for the first time?
  13. winojoe

    RJ Spagnols RJS EP Amarone stalled

    You really do not want to add more nutrient than required. But, it will not be devastating if you do. Nutrients are only really needed while the yeast are growing and multiplying. Once the must has reached an SG of about 1.060, the yeast are in what I call "feeding frenzy" mode. At this point...
  14. winojoe

    RJ Spagnols RJS EP Amarone stalled

    Did you perform any nutrient additions? Here is the yest profile from Scott Labs: RC212 =============================== Pinot Noir, Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Rosé Selected from fermentations in Burgundy, France, by the BIVB. Timely nutrient additions are recommended to avoid...
  15. winojoe

    RJ Spagnols mystery silver packets

    I have never seen the packets not labeled. Sometimes the printing is very light on the packages. The different types of oak are there to give the wine a certain flavor profile. One thing to think about is the time it takes to extract oak. With the kits, contact time with oak is only for a week...
  16. winojoe

    New to group and to wine making. HELP !! :)

    Welcome to the forum! I have three simple pieces of advice: 1) Always make sure that anything coming in contact withe must/wine is sanitized. 2) Once the must is fully fermented, air is your enemy. 3) Have fun! :db
  17. winojoe

    vacuum pump for bottling?

    What really makes the Buon Vino Filler work so well is the Fill-Head. You can get the fill head or the complete assembly which makes bottle filling really great. The full assembly is about $75. A lot cheaper than buying the complete filling system. The only thing missing is a vacuum...
  18. winojoe

    WineXpert Eclipse Stags Leap Merlot

    Amen to that!
  19. winojoe

    WineXpert Eclipse Stags Leap Merlot

    ahhh...this is the likely reason why the wines are not clearing. Grape skins can contain pectins. Especially the wet grape skins. Try using some pectic enzyme in the next batch of wine when there are wet grape skins involved.
  20. winojoe

    WineXpert Eclipse Stags Leap Merlot

    Does the kit come with pectinase?
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