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    Color of Cab @ 3 months aging?

    That’s a good point. It did seem light so I opened a store bought cab to compare to make sure it wasn’t in my head. It was actually pretty comparable. Maybe only slightly lighter and smoother. With all that said it’s still pretty early
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    Color of Cab @ 3 months aging?

    Just making sure. My Winexpert Lodi ranch 11 cab kit is now aged 3 months. The color is a medium dark reddish purple. See photo. Most cabs I have ever seen have this dark purple color but maybe this is different. Just concerned about oxidation. Is mine pretty par for the course at this point...
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    Degassing tips?

    Do you recommend topping it up now or waiting to give more space for the CO2 to escape? If waiting, how long? Here’s what it looks like now. Thanks!
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    Degassing tips?

    Hey all. I am making the winexpert cab sav 6 gallon with grape skins. SG was .995 for a couple days so I racked it to glass carboy. I used the drill and attachment to degas per instructions. I went back and forth for a good 8-10 minutes but still gassy. Don’t want to overdo it. Do you recommend...
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    Does fizzing mean fermenting?

    Thanks Scooter. The lid actually does pretty well and there is consistent and pretty aggressive activity in the airlock. My assumption is the tennis on from the lid will weaken over time so I will likely consider the towel at some point.
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    Does fizzing mean fermenting?

    My first reading was 1.092. Then I stirred it prior to adding the yeast and it went to 1.084 so maybe more water was in the second reading. Also this was all after adding the grape skins. Lodi ranch 11 cab. Both were within the range in the instructions so. Sunday @ 10:30am SG was 1.026...
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    Primary fermenter: Fizzing but not foamy after 72 hours?

    Very reassuring guys. Trust the process and the hydrometer.
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    Does fizzing mean fermenting?

    Good advice. I’ll trust the hydrometer then. Thanks for the tip!
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    Does fizzing mean fermenting?

    Hello. First timer here. I am using the wine eclipse kit with grape skins. 6 gallons in 8 gallon plastic bucket with lid and airlock from Master Vinter. I see mixed advice for covered v. uncovered but decided to airlock it for my first go. Followed directions to a T I believe. Pitched the...
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    Primary fermenter: Fizzing but not foamy after 72 hours?

    Hello. First timer here. I am using the wine eclipse kit with grape skins. 6 gallons in 8 gallon plastic bucket with lid and airlock from Master Vinter. I see mixed advice for covered v. uncovered but decided to airlock it for my first go. Followed directions to a T I believe. Pitched the...
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    Wine on tap?

    Thanks for the responses. I’ll take a look into building a system possibly using the concept of that mini keg. Or just drink fast!
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    Wine on tap?

    Hey all. I would really like to have mini oak barrels in my basement that I could tap and get a glass of wine from (sort of like a mini keg) without it spoiling or even better, while continuing to age. My guess is it would be no different from just opening a bottle in terms of a limited shelf...
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