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    Note to self: Make more muscadine wine!!!

    Now that sounds good. My son makes Blueberrry, I may have to get him to conspire on a new wine with me. I don't know if mine would ever come close to winning an award, but my wife will not buy any store bought wine anymore, so I take that a an acknowledgement. at least.
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    Note to self: Make more muscadine wine!!!

    I make Muscadine every year. If you have never had it, you are cheating yourself. Don't buy the stuff you find in stores, they sweeten it back so much and add flavors to it, it's just not good. But home made Muscadine is my favorite wine. I just bottled my 2020 wine today (I am a...
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    Wood chips in Dextrose?

    When I first started making wine in 2014, the shop I bought my supplies from suggested I use dextrose. He said it made a big difference in flavor, specifically a twang. He said if he tastes a wine he an tell right off if someone used regular cane sugar. So I used it with my first Muscadine...
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    I need a little help with muscadine wine

    Muscadine wine is my favorite and I make it almost every year. I also blend some with peach wine and bottle it together and it's my wifes favorite. I start with 30lbs of muscadines. I put about 30 grapes into a 1 gallon zip lock bag and smash them good with a metal potato smasher, then my...
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    Wood chips in Dextrose?

    I started a new batch of Muscadine wine tonight. I purchased my dextrose from a wine and beer supply store, It was bulk and they bagged up what I asked for. As I started dissolving it tonght I noticed small wood chips or flakes floating in the water. I used a scsreen to get it out. Is this...
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    Post your labels here

    My wife's favorite wine. Muscadine Peach. This was last years label. I just started my 2019 Muscadine yesterday.
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    Fleas

    We live in Georgia and a few years ago we had a horrible outbreak of fleas. Come in the house and we were covered. The house was literally covered. I had some Home Defense I had bought at Lowes that I used for ants outside. I sprayed the house and in about 2 days they were all gone. I took a...
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    Post a photo, any photo

    My son had this painting done for us. The bottles are my labels and the books are all named to do with our family. It is a great painting. The other great part of it is that my daughter in laws mother is the artist. It hangs in my wine making space.
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    Post a photo, any photo

    2018 batch of Muscadine and Peach. When bottled they will be blended to make MuscaPeach.
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    fluid separating?

    Update for those interested. I contacted the folks at Orchard Breezing and was told that this was normal. That is ok it is just the fining agents that will settle and clear out. When you add your fining agents you add D1 kieselsol first stir very gently wait five minutes then add Chitosan...
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    fluid separating?

    No change yet, but it is still early.
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    fluid separating?

    After racking the wine from the primary fermenter into the Carboy, I added the packages of Sulphite and Potassium Sorbate and stirred vigorously as per the instructions. Then I added the Finishing Blend, which appeared to be a syrupy bag of flavoring. Then it was degassed for 5 minutes of...
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    fluid separating?

    That is encouraging Stressbaby, thanks. Julie I attached a pic, hope it works. There is a layer in the liquid where some settlement is sitting, it is even with the top of the second ring on the carboy. If the sediment did not sit there you would not know it was there, so it appears to be a SG...
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    fluid separating?

    I am making the Orchard Breezin Mist, Peach Chardonnay. This is my first attempt at making wine. Yesterday, was day 14 and my SG was 0.998. I followed the instructions to the T and today the wine is clearing nicely with lots of sediment at the bottom. However it appears that there is a...
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