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    Lost my Father in Law Friday

    My condolences and thank you for expressing your feelings; They are sweet remembrance for many of us.
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    Carpenter bees.

    Thanks guys. Guess I'll varnish the wood clothes line poles and order traps for the carport where I can't see their destruction...only the saw dust (best traps?)
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    Carpenter bees.

    What is the best way to get rid of them?
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    It is all gone!

    I too, received one of your books. Again, thank you. Please keep us informed on whatever is making life interesting for you.
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    Combo: Hydrometer and Temperature gauge (Alla Thermohydrometer)

    Excellent points. But since I only make one gallon at a time (thus far) it's probably not a major factor for me. But still, measuring the temp. and gravity from the same mass appeals to me.
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    Combo: Hydrometer and Temperature gauge (Alla Thermohydrometer)

    10-4. Know right where the nearest HF is located. And they know where I'm located too, because your post is from that location!
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    Combo: Hydrometer and Temperature gauge (Alla Thermohydrometer)

    Pros /Cons? Actually, I already have a hydrometer but the message, "if you own two , you'll never break one," has finally sunk in! So, I decided having the ability to read the temperature too is a good thing!
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    Live in wine country - have no experience

    Hi Tandrup, Sorry for the late reply but I'm in the midst of trying to order parts for my 1993 Olds (it's been a headache). Your input for the irrigation system is right on point. And I can use the drip emitters to keep the roses alive this year. Thanks.
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    Live in wine country - have no experience

    It is an impressive system. I am particularity interested in how your watering system actually works. Is it a drip system and are the boxes set down in the soil to channel the water more directly to the roots? Actually, I intend to come up with a watering system for my wife's roses and may be...
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    Brew belt or heating pad or ????

    I use InkBird which controls a light bulb that sets inside an Igloo Ice chest (with lid closed the chest will fit two 1.2 gallon fermenters). The drain hole is used to route the two wires inside: 1. Sensor 2. Light bulb.
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    What parameters do you prefer for your dandelion wine?

    Look Ma, No scissors: For removing the petals, There is a You Tube video where a girl is sitting in a field of dandelions twisting the petals loose. It does work. It goes like this: With an opened flower, firmly grasp the bulb (under-side) between the thumb and index finger. Now, roll it...
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    I would like The Complete Book of Winemaking by The American Wine Society or The Way to Make...

    I would like The Complete Book of Winemaking by The American Wine Society or The Way to Make Wine by Sheridan Warrick Thank you!
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    Cherry Wine Low Acidity and Bitterness

    I like your method to run the wine dry*; then add enough sugar to change the FSG 1.040 etc. (is this sugar added before or after racking?). *In step-feeding dry sugar. At what times and proportions is the dry sugar step-fed? Thanks!
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    Cherry Wine Low Acidity and Bitterness

    Dawg, sounds like you could answer this question (perhaps you already did) regarding berry wines. In answering a an earlier post, it was stated: " I always add extra berries, because they make a smoother finish with my high alcohol wine. What transpires to make this so? Thank you.
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    Skeeter pee help!

    It appears your meter meets the criteria. So thanks for summing it up with your recommendation.
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    Lalvin Yeast Test

    Thank you
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    Skeeter pee help!

    I'm relatively new to wine making and don't have anything to measure ph, but feel I should. What should be considered when shopping for an instrument?
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