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  1. Jericurl

    March 2018 WOTM Club

    I've actually gotten a few messages about the Wine of the Month Club threads, so let's try bringing it back again this month and see if it's popular. This is the official thread for our unofficial club, open to anyone who is interested in making a one gallon (or larger) test/experimental batch...
  2. Jericurl

    May 2017 Wine of the Month Club

    Please join us! This thread is for anyone, from newbie to experienced winemaker, who wants to document making a 1 gallon experimental recipe. We like the whole recipe posted, pics of the process, notes, questions to others, comments, support, and updates. You can certainly try a batch bigger...
  3. Jericurl

    What are your other hobbies?

    I know we have a large bunch of talented people in this group, so let's hear it. What do you do other than making and drinking booze? I garden, raise chickens, knit and crochet, string art, and we both got into lapidary a little over a year ago. (I'm about to buy my first 16 inch rock saw and...
  4. Jericurl

    Grape Creek Winery, Fredericksburg TX

    I just got back from our annual ladies retreat. While there, we visited our favorite winery, as per usual. http://www.grapecreek.com/ This time we decided to take their tour instead of just hanging out and buying wine. I grinned the entire time. I think if it didn't get so hot there in...
  5. Jericurl

    April 2017 Wine of the Month Club

    Hello everyone, This is open for anyone to join at anytime in April by making a 1 gallon experimental batch. Post your recipe and step by step instructions. We love pictures, so any you take will be greatly appreciated. We hope that at the end of the month you will give us a breakdown...
  6. Jericurl

    Yet another Strawberry Mead!

    Manthing has made quite a bit of noise about not having any strawberry mead left in the house for months. MONTHS, you guys! I'm a terrible partner. Today I have set out to rectify this egregious crime against the household. I didn't feel like breaking out the huge brute container for this...
  7. Jericurl

    Sweet Red wine

    I've been taking a look at some of my favorite sweet red blends and it seems homewinery.com will carry one component of the blend but not the other. Have any of you made a sweet red from concentrates? How would just a plain sangiovese taste if I made it off dry? (probably around 1.015 or...
  8. Jericurl

    March 2017 Wine of the Month Club

    Welcome to our monthly club! This is the official thread for our unofficial club, open to anyone who is interested in making a one gallon (or larger) test/experimental batch and sharing the recipe, process, ups and downs with the rest of the club. We like: a) full recipes with all ingredients...
  9. Jericurl

    February 2017 Wine of the Month Club

    Holy Cats! Where did January go?! Welcome to our monthly club! This is the official thread for our unofficial club, open to anyone who is interested in making a one gallon (or larger) test/experimental batch and sharing the recipe, process, ups and downs with the rest of the club...
  10. Jericurl

    Persimmon Mead

    ...Or as we have taken to calling it "20 lbs of crazy in a 5 gallon bag" 20 lbs American Persimmons 5 gallons water @ 14-15 lbs mesquite honey (SG @ 1.084) Cotes de Blanc yeast 2 T pectic enzyme For this batch, persimmons were frozen/thawed and placed in a 5 gallon paint strainer bag...
  11. Jericurl

    Using wax on bottles

    I recently swapped a few bottles with a member on another forum. The wax covering his bottle tops was a complete pita. It had to be scraped off with my pocketknife and it virtually shattered into a million tiny particles. I've always loved the look of wax though and have considered using...
  12. Jericurl

    First batch of the 2017

    I mixed my first batch of the year yesterday and pitched the yeast this morning. It's my largest batch to date, just under 10 gallons. Almost Traditional 24 lbs meadow foam honey 3 lbs orange blossom honey 6 T American Oak powder (medium toast) 1.5 T pectic enzyme 8 frozen/thawed/chopped...
  13. Jericurl

    January 2017 Wine of the Month Club

    HAPPY NEW YEAR, WMT!! :hny2 :dg :d:b Welcome to our monthly club! This is the official thread for our unofficial club, open to anyone who is interested in making a one gallon (or larger) test/experimental batch and sharing the recipe, process, ups and downs with the rest of the club. We...
  14. Jericurl

    What are your 2017 goals?

    I've been sitting here making a list of my homebrewing goals for 2017 and I thought I would share them with you guys here. And then I'll periodically update this thread as I (hopefully) tick each item off the list. Feel free to add suggestions or your own 2017 goals list as I would love to see...
  15. Jericurl

    BlackBriar Mead

    Black Briar Mead 1 96 oz can of Elderberries 1 96 oz can of Blackberries 4 lbs blueberries, frozen then thawed 1/2 cup American Oak Powder 2 tsp acid blend 3 tsp pectic enzyme 16 lbs honey Water to just a touch over 5 gallons 71B yeast Starting gravity 1.102. I followed this...
  16. Jericurl

    Erlking Mead

    ERLKING MEAD 5 gallon batch 1 gallon yaupon holly honey (use less for lower ABV) 2 gallons apple cider 2 gallons cranberry juice 1/4 of a crushed nutmeg 6 whole cloves, crushed 1 ceylon cinnamon stick 6 allspice berries couple of star anise pods D47 yeast I...
  17. Jericurl

    Whiskey Barrel for Mead

    Every Christmas, my parents give us a little bit of cash in addition to a few small presents. This year they gave us a little extra and wanted us to buy something for both of us that we normally wouldn't. We have been talking about buying a couple of barrels, one for ageing mead and a smaller...
  18. Jericurl

    Tosna

    At one time, someone had worked up a formula for TOSNA that made it super easy for me to just plug in my numbers and go. I think the poster included a link to converting SG to Brix. It was super easy. For the life of me, I cannot find it anywhere. Does anyone have it bookmarked or saved? eta...
  19. Jericurl

    December 2016 Wine of the Month Club

    Happy Holidays everyone! This is our official December thread. This totally unofficial club is open to anyone who is interested in making a one gallon (or larger) test/experimental batch and sharing the recipe, process, ups and downs with the rest of the club. We like: a) full recipes with...
  20. Jericurl

    Are these ok for mead?

    I've fallen in love with these bottles. Now I know that not all corks were created equal, but I don't know how or why or what I should be looking for if I'm going to be using cork not specifically made for wine. I'm wondering if you guys think these corks would be ok for wines/meads under...
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