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  1. WVMountaineerJack

    Capsicumel Mead

    Are your peppers fresh or dried? We grow Marconis in our garden and roast them in a chile roaster, we save the sweating juice and then use that as the base, the roasting gives it a nice smoked roasted flavor. We also extracted some capsicum in EverClear from some Scorpions and added some of it...
  2. WVMountaineerJack

    Elderberries & toxicity?

    Check out our elderberry webpage http://www.wvmjack.com/Elderberries/Elderberries.html . Each way you prepare your elderberry wine makes a difference in taste. If you cook the berries, or steam extract them it will taste different than using raw fruit. I think raw gives a more fruitier flavor...
  3. WVMountaineerJack

    Banana Bochet Port

    You are taking this school thing to seriously if you have to pack it all up, got to keep at least one carboy going to dream about while taking a break from studying. A bottle of banana bochet after a hard day of classes :):)
  4. WVMountaineerJack

    Banana Bochet Port

    You graduate yet Deezil? Nothing like school to make you age in a carboy for 4 years :)
  5. WVMountaineerJack

    Free: Big Mouth Bubbler

    They are wonderful for primary in winemaking, we dont use them as secondaries, what problems are you having with yours?
  6. WVMountaineerJack

    Big mouth bubbler...mistake?

    They also make a smaller big mouth bubbler, like 5 quart size, great for making fermented hot sauce and kimchi! WVMJ
  7. WVMountaineerJack

    Elderberry acid question

    Dawg, SB is right, got to use distilled to test TA. For making your wine its whatever makes you happy. I have a well myself in limestone, cant get any better water than this to make wine with. WVMJ
  8. WVMountaineerJack

    Big mouth bubbler...mistake?

    Get a Brute 10 gallon trash can and a towel to cover it for your primary. BMB very good for making cider or white wines for primary also. WVMJ
  9. WVMountaineerJack

    Is there a way to combat oxidation already started

    PVPP?, take a look at the fining agents in the link to Scotts. WVMJ http://www.scottlab.com/uploads/documents/downloads/325/Fining%20Agents.pdf
  10. WVMountaineerJack

    Elderberry Blackberry - comments on recipe please

    I like to squeeze them about a day or 2 before I am going to rack them from the primary to let some of the gunk from squeezing them settle out, if you go gorilla on the bag you are going to get a lot of stuff out that just adds to the sediment in the secondary. WVMJ
  11. WVMountaineerJack

    FermCalc for Android

    Is there a function on Fermcalc that adjusts SG to the temperature of the must? We are usually at room temp but are now putting cider in a low temp cooler. WVMJ
  12. WVMountaineerJack

    What fruit/berries are you adding to your kits?

    Elderberries can add some nice flavors to kits.
  13. WVMountaineerJack

    date flavor?

    Like fermented dates. Drop in some raisans and a few figs for some acid, we use a blender to make them into a slurry, keeping everything loose in the primary stir stir stir, strain when its done, it can really stand to crank up the sugar to get a higher alcohol and keep it sweet, a little oak...
  14. WVMountaineerJack

    Does any one recognize this plant?

    Posted your pic in Plant ID on facebook, they came up with Gray Dogwood. WVMJ
  15. WVMountaineerJack

    Mulberry Wine

    Absolutely, fermented mulberry, very fruity and with the honey even more better WVMJ
  16. WVMountaineerJack

    Elderberry wine from Juice.

    How much juice did you get? With steamed you can go with 100% of your steamed juice or dilute it if you think its going to be to strong, I am against diluting personally with the steamed juice. We usually take the sg to like 1.095, add some oak in the primary and some later in the secondary. If...
  17. WVMountaineerJack

    Mulberry Wine

    We put a big canvas tarp under the tree and shake and smack the branches, sort thru them, stick them in the freezer until we get enough. Our dog also loves mulberries, so he gets a bone on picking day to keep him busy. Try to get enough to go with 100% juice, and we really like to use honey to...
  18. WVMountaineerJack

    EZ Cap Bottles with All-in-one Wine Pump?

    Yes, we have done it, the vacuum that is pulled on the bottle that is filling up is minimal, do make sure you use the overflow and a low vacuum setting so you dont get a lot of bubbles anyway, dry the top off and crack that top on, cant get much easier!
  19. WVMountaineerJack

    Carboy Blues: what would you do?

    Then what is the issue? No matter how clean they look clean them again anyway just to be extra sure. WVMJ
  20. WVMountaineerJack

    2014 Elderberries

    The riper the better quality your wine will be, would you put unripe green raspberries or blackberries in your wine? WVMJ
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