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    For sale: 100 L marchisio stainless steel vc tank

    M and M in Hartford has them with the ball knocked out that will fit a demijohn bung. They get somewhere in the area of $55 for them though.
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    Average Yield on Petite Syrah?

    Did it last year and found that 2.5 gallons per lug was about right. It was the best wine I've made to date.
  3. J

    Pomace

    It would certainly be interesting to put into juice buckets. I my opinion it certainly couldn't hurt. I use my pomace throughout my entire garden. I've noticed a vast difference in yield and growth since I started.
  4. J

    Very Simple Aproch to Wine Making

    Yeah this video kind of grossed me out...watch out for that carbon monoxide!
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    Wine Press

    If you ever think you'll do any larger, buy larger. And always press twice after breaking up the pomace. I've got a #40 that I bought new and sometimes it's a little small for me with a group. I'm happy but I've been considering a bladder press because of my volume.
  6. J

    Your Grape Wine Fermentation Style

    Dont over think it. Choose your yeast for your end characteristic you're shooting for and go for it. Many a wine maker has driven themselves crazy worrying about temperature. Winemaking is an art cloaked in science, don't forget which one comes first.
  7. J

    Should grapes with some mold be trashed?

    I've added 90ppm to my ugly looking grapes when I really go nuclear. I do 50ppm for normal grapes. Good to see you're going good.
  8. J

    Wine Protection During MLF

    Battonage, or stirring the lees, is an optional practice but it helps to introduce the nutrients in the lees back into the wine to help the MLF along. I've made a point to do it and I've skipped it and had the same results. If you have a sluggish MLF, it may help
  9. J

    Ph ta #'s for cab sav

    Congratulations
  10. J

    Places that will ship grapes?

    M and M in Hartford can probably work something out with you. It's not that far all things considered.
  11. J

    adjusting TA prior to MLF

    Yeah I meant press, sorry!
  12. J

    adjusting TA prior to MLF

    It also depends when you crush. If you crush at a higher brix level you may have significant CO2. Just being devil's advocate.
  13. J

    Looking to get my hands dirty

    Barrels do best when always full of wine. You can store them with sulfited water but you will be leeching the oak into water and in effect wasting it. The smaller the barrel, the less time the wine stays in to get the same amount of oak. So you would be rotating batches of wine through the...
  14. J

    Hole is dug for our new wine cellar

    With that kind of construction you can double as a bomb shelter! Solid plan to encase it in concrete. Might as well build it the right way the first time. Have you considered ventilation as well?
  15. J

    PH and TA readings.

    I always go for 50 ppm at bottling. I prefer limiting sulfites in my wine but I use them in sufficient quantities to reasonably preserve the wine.
  16. J

    Comment by 'joea132' in media ''

    @joeswine Thats me. I've since upgraded to a bigger commercial sausage grinder.
  17. J

    Old fruit fly traps

    Fruit flies themselves carry the vinegar bacteria. So realistically we all have that flying around our cellars. The thing to remember is it can't destroy your wine without oxygen. So adequately sulfite and stay topped up and you'll have nothing to worry about.
  18. J

    Bratwurst from Scratch

    I love cooking this in the firehouse that is only a one engine station. It fills the firehouse with the best smell you can imagine for our entire shift. I got the idea from my old partner who got promoted a while ago so it always brings back good memories.
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    Bratwurst from Scratch

    I didn't follow the recipe exactly. I had a 17 pound boneless pork shoulder and 4.25 lbs of boneless chuck steak. I used pork fat and put it through my big motorized grinder. I ground it on the course plate and again on the fine plate. I let it sit for a couple of hours to let the flavors soak...
  20. J

    Bratwurst from Scratch

    Made about 25 pounds of bratwurst from scratch yesterday. Here's the recipe I followed. You should use 1 part beef to 3 parts pork. I kept the fat content low, probably 10-12 percent but I didn't measure. For 2lbs of ground meat 1) Fresh sage minced 1 tbsp. 2) Garlic minced 1 tbsp 3) Sea...
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