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  1. Scooter68

    Nah, That blueberry wine is sweet not strong.

    Ok so I made a minor underestimate of a wine tonight. Have to stay by our burn pile while it's going or they can fine you $100 - $1000. And someones brush burn got out of control nearby today, so.... I'm being extra careful. But I ran out of water to drink. Never mind. Just 75 feet away is...
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    Getting Started in Country Fruit Wine Making ?

    (Purely personal comments based on my 5 1/2 years on here and making Country Fruit Wine. I don't claim to be any sort of expert, I've just received my share of bumps and bruises and try not to make the same mistake twice) By no means are these hard fast "Rules" but rather what I believe...
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    It only took 4 1/2 Years Strawberry Wine

    Well I'm not sure when I bottled it but it was fermented in 2016. First bottles were Yuck Face stuff. (2 gallon batch) I waited for another 6 months, then 1 year long and about 18 months ago I tried it and thought about pouring it out. Tonight I decided to bring out another bottle (Down to...
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    Blackberry Wine Lees drop batch volume From 5.7 to 4.5 Gallons

    Well my batch of blackberry wine has just about wrapped up fermenting. Today the SG was at .996 and while it might drop another couple points to maybe .994 or maybe even .992, I went ahead and racked out of the buckets. A LOT of lees ! As of this evening I have 3 gallon carboy filled...
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    Caution About - Yeast orders - Big "A" online site - Seller NOT shipping what they Advertised

    Ok I tried to order 3 packages of Vintner's Harvest SN9 yeast on the big A site. Today I received my order, ahead of schedule. NOW for the RANT ! Sadly NOT the brand I ordered. I received "Mangrove Jack's" brand of that strain when their advertisement stated it was Vintner's Harvest...
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    Fortifying calculator (For those not mathematically inclined)

    Ok I have some apple cider that is a little shy on Alcohol. Just wanted to raise the ABV by 2%. How to figure that out? Well like most things I fed my question to DuckDuckGo search engine and found the following site. The only numbers you need to feed it are: 1) Gallons of existing wine 2)...
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    Fruit flies in Winter?

    If you have any doubt about how hardy fruit flies are... This basement room is now at about 57 degrees and has been for at least a month. I check my airlocks about every 3-4 weeks in cool weather. 10 carboys so ten airlocks and here's what was in the airlocks. So Yes you do need airlocks /...
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    Why Be Patient? New Folks this is for you.

    Not a week goes without somebody posting on here a question or comment that demonstrates that the biggest key to good wine making is not the perfect recipe, or primo fruit for the wine. It all comes down to one word PATIENCE. Wine making is one of a number of hobbies or endeavors that in the...
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    NEVER AGAIN ! This is "Black Raspberry" Flavored Concentrate? I don't think so!!!

    This is my experience with HWSC product labeled "Black Raspberry" Purchased Mid-September this year 2020 Ok I've reserved judgement until I prepared the Batch for fermenting. - First I tried a 1/2 gallon of the "Black Raspberry" concentrate labeled as enough for 5 gallons of wine. - To that...
  10. Scooter68

    Bottling of last summers Wine

    Well I didn't make lot of wine this past year but I had 6 different batches to bottle up. Now the wine rack is properly restocked, for now. Bottled this week were 1) Blueberry ABV 14.1 SG at bottling 1.014 2) Blueberry/White Grape (First true blend of varieties for me -good results. ABV...
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    NOOBs Beware the You Tube Videos !

    So I don't know why but in the last 3 days two different videos have popped up: How To Easy Blueberry Wine and Making Peach Wine. Unfortunately both were riddled with bad/incorrect information. First off both were recommending making wine with paltry amounts of fruit per gallon (4...
  12. Scooter68

    Beginners - PLEASE read this before posting

    This forum is very accommodating and the folks here are excellent about responding to questions and comments. I've only been on here about 5 years now and still learning and picking up new ideas all the time. Biggest suggestion I have is Look BEFORE you post. If you post in the most...
  13. Scooter68

    No More Apple Wine ...

    Well I am starting to harvest apples from the trees this year. Birds are forcing me to pick and let the apples finish ripening in a cool room now. Hate that because as soon as the apples get a significaant amount of red (On top of course where it's hard to see from ground) that's when the...
  14. Scooter68

    Blueberry, Tart Cherry and Black Raspberry batches started & done in 4 days

    Ok so I pulled some frozen fruit from our freezer to make some wine (I need the space for the new, freshly picked fruit. 1) I found that we had about 5 lbs of Tart Cherries (Already pitted) that were overdue to be used for something so.... why not for wine (1 Gal Batch) 2) I found 5.5 lbs of...
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    The Wisdom of "Experts" ???

    So I guess it's getting so bad that media sites are desperate for stories. Now along comes a story that uses a oraganizations like a Commercial Beverage Inventory Company as an "Expert" on the shelf life of alcoholic beverages. Even funnier is that their statement about wine is contradicted...
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    Better Label Pricing - Avery "Bulk"

    I know that folks here have a wide variety of sources and needs for labels. For those who do your own and use Avery brand labels - here's the least expensive way to order them: https://www.avery.com/blank/ This link takes you to the Avery labels sold in various quantities from 1 to 5,000...
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    Fruit Flies Be gone

    About every 4-6 weeks I refresh my airlocks with clean sanitizer solution. Interestingly this year was a bad year for fruit flies in my basement winery work area. Used a vinegar trap and caught a few, very few. So today it was Airlock-Refresh day. I found out where all those Fruit flies...
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    BEFORE Posting that Question...

    Lately I have seen a number of questions asked and the person posting had to wait a day or two for an answer. Sadly the question and the answer were already here ready for those people. So just a suggestion for those first time posters - Check the forum areas of: - Tutorials, Calculators...
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    Well aged wine perhaps?

    I understand that water pressure and time have probably had their way with these but I wonder. Could these have been ancient 'bottles' of wine 'in transit.' I remember some other stories about such things. In this case very very very unlikely. Here are some other stories about sunken...
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    Opportunity to Go Commercial - in Italy ?

    Ok so right off the bat this is just a post of a story on fox news about a small community in Italy that is trying to attract new people to move there. BUT if you are prone to dreams of relocating to a romantic place and making wine... well who knows. I'll post the link below and a few...
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