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    What's in your glass tonight?

    A nice winery in a wonderful town!
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    What's for Dinner?

    Yes, you get my point
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    What's for Dinner?

    Quite similar to wine. The uneducated may speak of wine in broad terms but they are generally not aware, as we all are, that there are actually two types of wine, red and white.
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    What's for Dinner?

    Chipotle steak pizza inspired by Moose's Tooth in Anchorage Anvil Dionysus Vineyard cab
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    What's in your glass tonight?

    My new fad. Cristalino, frozen shots, tastes like tequila candy. Oh wait, it says What's in your glass TONIGHT? Ah heck, it's Sunday.
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    Used wine bottles

    Why are you all so afraid of chemicals? I worked in the auto painting industry for 20 years, immersed in all manner of volatile organic compounds. I don't think they did me any harm.
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    What's in your glass tonight?

    I bought a selection of reds under $15. Most were mediocre as expected. This one was a standout. For $14 I'm impressed.
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    How Long for MLF?

    A related question that I have not found an answer to. This is also my first crack at MLF. Is there any way to confirm that MLB is actually working if you don't have a chromatography kit? Any visible signs? I have the test strips that are apparently not good at showing progress, only completion...
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    Skeeter Sulfur

    Thanks, both. I don't have a pump. I read a lot of positive comments here but I don't have any issues with a racking cane and I don't mind lifting carboys. I guess degassing would be an advantage but tell me, is the AIO pump more effective than a degassing tool on a drill?
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    Skeeter Sulfur

    I have a batch in carboy at .996, not sure if it's done but its developing a slight rotten egg sulfur smell. I have Reduless and Noblesse on hand but never used either. Would you use them in skeeter pee? If so, would you treat it immediately? Or is there a chance that splash racking will take...
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    First time using real grapes

    Sorry, I have not advanced to that level of sophistication, although I do have a pH meter now. I just trusted the data on their website and used the ingredients they provided. I know buckets will deviate from their lab tests, as did brix, but at my skill level I thought it safer to go with their...
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    2021 Wine Season!

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    2021 Wine Season!

    Yes I'm sure the price comes down if you buy in bulk. I'm getting a minimum order, 500 lbs.
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    2021 Wine Season!

    I don't know, that sounds like a bargain. I will be driving 4 hours to E WA this year to pick up from the vineyard and my price is $1.15-$1.25/lb. Your co-op definitely gives you some advantages.
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    Wine duds— Do you dump or salvage?

    I make gallons of sangria throughout the summer, it's very popular. Unless the wine has such a funk that it will dominate the taste, any low quality wine can serve as a base. Here's a couple good starter recipes. I also like to experiment with fruit flavored brandies - blackberry, raspberry...
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    What's new in your cellar?

    Good find! A couple of those wineries are in my back yard but they don't give deals like that. If I walk into Mark Ryan I will pay $40 for the Dissident (non-club price). is advertising it for $37. And you got 33% off? You paid $25? Club members don't even get that discount. How do you...
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    Skeeter is now my best seller

    OK now you have my attention. I have to make some. I see a yeast slurry is preferred. Do any of you use yeast if slurry is not available?
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    Finer Wine Kits

    I ordered the cab and merlot. Seemed like an easy decision to me since everything I've been doing is a first time effort. High end kits, cheap kits, frozen must, wild berries, and now this. I am immersing myself in the wine making world. Can't wait for the 2021 grape harvest!
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    Looking for ways to improve my Blackberry wine

    Main man, my very first project was a blackberry port style using this recipe Making Blackberry Port | Saanich Sommeliers I made it without having a clue what I was doing. I put some of it in bottles to follow its progress. 6 months in I'm pleased with the results. The recipe calls for cognac...
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    Help me fix my wine?

    Yeah we got foam. Big improvement. I don't know if it will ever taste good but with the gas gone it is starting to resemble wine. I appreciate the advice.