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  1. NDengineer

    Rat/squirrel rodent damage

    What deterrent have you found successful against rats, squirrels and other rodents eating your grapes? For the second year in a row now they have eaten every last ripe grape off my 20 vines of marquette and traminette. One day the grapes are not yet ripe, and a few days later they are all...
  2. NDengineer

    Metallic Taste... Potassium Bicarbonate?

    I have a batch of raspberry rhubarb wine with some serious off flavor - mostly metallic. Sources seem to suggest metallic off flavors come from metal pots, tin cans, etc, but nothing in my brew has been in contact with metal (all ingredients harvested from my garden, plastic fermenter, glass...
  3. NDengineer

    Oak Toast for Cabernet Sauvignon

    I'm making my first Cab using the Master Vintner Cab kit, and would like some suggestions on what level of toast to use for oak cubes. A 50/50 combination of american and french oak seems like it should balance out the wine. I'm leaning towards medium-plus toast, but have medium, medium...
  4. NDengineer

    Shoots keep breaking - marquette

    The shoots on my marquette vines keep breaking. This is year 3 on a TWC trellis system, and about half of all the new shoots have now broken off and died. They break off at the base of the shoot, and I find another one dead every few days. Some plants only have 1 or 2 shoots left...
  5. NDengineer

    Frozen and Lost Buds

    I need some help deciding how to prune my vines this year. this is year 3 for my marquette grapes, and I lost at least 2-3 sets of buds due to spring frosts and snows. All spurs were budding earlier in the year, but froze. Each of the vines is still alive and growing, but not where I'd like...
  6. NDengineer

    Optimal Sequence to Balance and Finish Wine

    What is the best order to balance and finish a wine before bottling? Attributes like acidity, bitterness, and residual sugar all interact to some degree. What's the way to balance each item just once, and not have to rebalance it once the other components are balanced? I typically make...
  7. NDengineer

    White Wine Does not Clear with Bentonite or Sparkolloid Powder

    I have a grape white wine that I cannot clear. It was pressed from quasi-wild green grapes a neighbor had; best guess is Niagra. Anyways, the fermentation completed 9 months ago, and I've racked the wine 5 times, but it persists in being very cloudy. I added bentonite, stirred daily...