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  1. lilvixen

    Scratched Better Bottle: end of life?

    In my growing frustration with degassing, I decided to try using the spoon to degas instead of the J-hook wine whip that I have, just to see if it did any better. I apparently wasn't as careful as I thought I was being, because after racking recently, I noticed the Better Bottle carboy has...
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    How often do you follow a recipe exactly as written?

    Graduate class 11 of 12 is underway (I'm so close!), and I need your help! Long story short, I created a 5 question survey about your personality and history... and cooking... or baking... or wine making... whatever. So please help me out so I can do a bunch of calculations and stuff...
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    Dinner and wine pairing events

    Has anyone attended a dinner and wine pairing event at a restaurant? The type of event where they have a set menu and provide a paired wine with each course? Are they fun? Are they worth it? After hearing about the idea, I've found three Italian restaurants in town that do these types of...
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    Yeast at high altitudes

    Does anyone know if yeast has an issue fermenting below 1.000 at high altitudes or in desert climates or some other possible environmental issue? I live at 4500ft elevation in a high desert climate. I've made four 10L wine kits, four 16-18L wine kits and one fresh peach wine with various...
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    Cellar Craft CC Showcase Chilean Carménère

    I did a search and didn't seen any recent threads about this kit, and since my favorite threads on here are about people's journeys with their wine kits, I thought I'd start one. This is my 8th wine, 7th kit, and 4th premium kit. We don't drink Carménère often, but I've really enjoyed the few...
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    WineXpert Selection Luna Bianca

    Aw yeah, finals are done, and the grad semester is over. My goal is to start 3 kits before the spring semester starts. Here we go! Up first, we have the WE Selection Luna Bianca, as recommended by this forum for an oaky chardonnay. It comes with an f-pack and 120g of toasted oak dust (species...
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    WineXpert Eclipse vs Selection California Chardonnays?

    As I was perusing LabelPeelers wine kit sale, I saw a review on the WE Selection California Chardonnay that a customer preferred it over the Eclipse. I haven't done any of WE's high-end kits yet, so I'm curious - has anyone else tried both these and do you have a preference? I like oaked...
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    Peach wine - racking and topping up thoughts?

    I have three 1-gallon jugs of peach wine in secondary. I used pectic enzyme and bentonite, which left a ton of sediment in the primary bucket. I should have tried to get more liquid during racking, but live and learn. I checked the jugs last night and noticed there's a decent layer of sediment...
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    Cellar Craft Last kit of the year: CC Sterling Malbec

    The grad semester starts soon, so I'm spinning up my last kit of the year while I have the time. By starting now, I hope to complete fermentation this month and use three-day weekends for stabilizing, clearing, and racking for bulk aging until after Christmas. Wish me luck. This is the Cellar...
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    Beginner's success and newfound confidence!

    I started a WE World Vineyard Trinty Red over Memorial Day. This is my first attempt at wine making and at kit making, so I went by the instructions, other than adding a pinch of tannin and giving it an extra 7 weeks in the carboy before bottling. I bottled on Saturday with a yield of 29.5...
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    Price drop: Oenophilia Alexander wire wine rack on Amazon

    I've had this in my Amazon wish list for a while and picked up a damaged box one last month. The price for new has dropped from $60 to $49 in the last month. I haven't filled the one I have yet (no batches bottled yet), but I ordered another damaged box one and a new one. It's a solid feeling...
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    RJ Spagnols Kit #3: Super Tuscan, first skins kit

    I kicked off my third kit tonight: RJS En Primeur Super Tuscan. This is my first skins kit, and wow, they're messy! I sanitized a bowl, wrapped the mesh bag over the edges, and squished the skins into it. I also put the oak into the mesh bag, since I had such issues with racking the oak in my...
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    Cellar Craft Sterling California Sauvignon Blanc

    Kit #2 - Sterling California Sauvignon Blanc I started my second wine kit yesterday - a Cellar Craft Sterling California Sauvignon Blanc - for my sis. I'm meh about white wine, but this smelt incredible! I think I'll be keeping a few bottles for myself, for quality control, of course. I told...
  14. lilvixen

    Hello from dusty Nevada

    Hi everyone! I have been obsessively researching and reading about wine making for about a month now, and I started my first WE Trinity Red kit last weekend. Yesterday, I moved it from primary to secondary. I'm following the kit instructions for this first kit, as I've seen recommended, then...
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