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  1. Jim Welch

    1st time using Shrink caps

    I like that tool, since I use boiling water I think I’m going to get one.
  2. Jim Welch

    1st time using Shrink caps

    I use them on all my wines too, just for the aesthetics, that’s all they’re good for. We humans are naturally visual creatures, everyone of us that can see make nearly instantly decisions based on how something looks I hate to say. I’m ugly enough so whatever I make I try to make it pretty!
  3. Jim Welch

    Finer Wine Kits

    Started 2 batches of FW Merlot yesterday, will be pitching the starters late this morning. Using the included RC212 in one and Bm45 in the second.
  4. Jim Welch

    Finer Wine Kits

    I like to take my Final final gravity reading at bottling time after ~6 months bulk aging. I’ve seen wines drop another point or two during bulk aging, not all but quite a few. I try to transfer to bulk aging when the gravity drops to 0.996 I never considered TDS in my gravity readings unless...
  5. Jim Welch

    Fruit fly question

    Using almost any empty plastic water or soda bottle. Many instructions available with an internet search such as "fruit fly trap plastic bottle" without the quotes.
  6. Jim Welch

    What's in your glass tonight?

    I’m guessing that’s from Costco? I find most of their branded liquors to be very good and generally can’t beat the price.
  7. Jim Welch

    Finer Wine Kits

    I reread the email the other day and saw they used the conjunction “and” to join the phrases about buying a kit and requesting to be included so i sent an email to be included. Sooner or later I believe everyone who wants to be on the list to get this discount will most likely have to email...
  8. Jim Welch

    sanitizing the must stirring spoon??

    I use Star San too. I made a narrow “bucket” out of PVC pipe and a cap. I keep this filled with Star San that I mix by the gallon. I check the Star San with a ph meter from time to time, if it is 3 or below it is still good. I’ve never had it go bad but only put my stir paddle back in after...
  9. Jim Welch

    Finer Wine Kits

    Their website lists 3 prices for each these kits. "MSRP", "Retail", and "Now" where the "Now" price is what all of us are paying for the base kits now. Presumably the new price will be the "MSRP" price or the "Retail" price, which are the same price. If I am correct in my presumptions, we're...
  10. Jim Welch

    Fruit fly question

    I’d make a bunch of fruit fly traps too. They’re easy to make with plastic bottles. I keep 6 in my wine making room and two in the kitchen and two in the basement. Half with apple cider bait and half with grape juice bait. All of them have a couple drops of liquid soap in the liquid too. Edit...
  11. Jim Welch

    Pressurized mini-keg question with wine

    Here is a force carbonation chart for beer. Not sure how many volumes of CO2 would be best for your skeeter pee, you will have to experiment. A liquids ability to hold dissolved gas is inversely proportional to its temp, the lower the temperature the more it will hold. Liquid will force...
  12. Jim Welch

    HUM

    My point in my post above,#5, was that one should never have to guess or assume what a medical doctor is saying. Her sentence I quoted, on its face, implies she has found the secret to immortality. A rational thinker knows that is not possible so it leaves one to have to guess she left out “from...
  13. Jim Welch

    What's in your glass tonight?

    Just finished two back to back 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM crane shifts so I’m having a glass of Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, a surprisingly excellent Bourbn considering its price point.
  14. Jim Welch

    Finer Wine Kits

    Yes they all come with the chips to be put in primary fermentation, one gets oak cubes only if two grape skin packs are ordered with the kit.
  15. Jim Welch

    Used wine bottles

    sounds like a good delabeling process. I wasn’t advocating using PBW to delabel just answering your question. PBW is an excellent solvent of organic residue but it is expensive. Too expensive to use removing labels IMO.
  16. Jim Welch

    Finer Wine Kits

    I don't have the instructions with me but IIRC the pack they have you put in the must has Meta K in it and the wait time allows that to dissipate a bit .
  17. Jim Welch

    Finer Wine Kits

    I like to pitch a starter when it is at high krausen, i,e, standing foam. Sometimes that happens as I sleep so in that case it gets pitched just after high krausen. So if it were me I'd wait a bit, is the starter the same temperature or close to the must temp? I also like to have my starter next...
  18. Jim Welch

    Vintner's Harvest canned fruit

    I've made this wine several times using the black currant, it makes a decent wine with the 3 gallon recipe. I double the recipe using 2 cans for 6 gallons plus a can of black berry puree and one Mondiale grape pack in primary. I use it primarily as a top up wine when I put my reds into a 23L...
  19. Jim Welch

    HUM

    "...America, nobody needs to die." says Dr. Stella Immanuel This says it all! Very poor choice of words, and for a "Dr." that is a very very bad thing. We humans think in and with words, if one can not clearly speak one probably can not cogently think! I'm guessing she means nobody needs to...
  20. Jim Welch

    Can you add more water to must

    If you don’t have a hydrometer Morewine has a handy spreadsheet one can download where you plug in the OG in Brix and later Brix measurements and it converts to 1.xxx SG readings. I find it to be very accurate and now don’t bother with my hydrometer until the spreadsheet indicates a gravity...
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