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    Chocolate Extract?

    In addition to the cherries and juice and extract I already mentioned, 12# sugar, water added to make 6 1/2 gallon primary for an ABV of about 15%. Also 1TBS energizer, 1tsp enzyme, 4 1/2 tsp acid blend (pH 3.49). Back sweetened with 3.2oz/gal simple syrup
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    Chocolate Extract?

    I made 5 gal of sweet/tart cherry that was my first use of chocolate extract. I made it with 20# of frozen sweet cherries from Walmart, plus 2 qts of "Just Tart" cherry juice. Our (wife and I) test taste resulted in us adding 1.1 oz of Olive Nation's Chocolate Extract per gallon just before...
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    Gallon markings on various sizes of carboys?

    I also only marked my primary buckets, but I have been thinking about marking my glass carboys where they actually are at the capacity. I.e., if it's a 5 gal carboy, I would mark where the 5 gallon line is. I have found they vary from carboy to carboy and I think this would help me decide which...
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    Frozen Concentrates

    Well that's interesting! I never thought to add more sugar. That certainly points to the idea that it fermented dry and the SG reading was due to something else - like solids. I wish I knew more about solids.
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    Frozen Concentrates

    Thanks! I have done their peach and sweet cherry. Like you, the peach was fine but the cherry didn't finish like it was dry. If it is something to do with solids, that's fine. I wish I knew.
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    Frozen Concentrates

    I'm curious as to which Coloma concentrates you are trying and have they all been fermenting to a dry SG.
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    NEVER AGAIN ! This is "Black Raspberry" Flavored Concentrate? I don't think so!!!

    Good idea. I might try that. Problem is that my cherry have ended all over the board. 1.005 to 1.020. No telling until it's done.
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    NEVER AGAIN ! This is "Black Raspberry" Flavored Concentrate? I don't think so!!!

    No problem with the peach fermenting down to .995 or lower. All cherry ended at anywhere from 1.005 to 1.020. Peach was from 3 separate Coloma batch numbers, cherry was from 2. Peach recipes have varied a bit for my experimentation, but basically for 5 1/2 gal primary I have used: 4 qts...
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    NEVER AGAIN ! This is "Black Raspberry" Flavored Concentrate? I don't think so!!!

    I've been eying this company too. I'll be watching for answers too.
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    NEVER AGAIN ! This is "Black Raspberry" Flavored Concentrate? I don't think so!!!

    So far, I have made 35 gallons of the Coloma peach using 4 quarts per 5 gal.. Bottled 10 gal adding a tad of peach extract while back sweetening. About 9 months old today. Drinking it and enjoying it as I write this. Big hit with friends and family.. Bottled 15 gal adding a tad of apricot...
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    Carpenter bees.

    Two great ideas. Plus stack some logs with some starter holes for them and they will have somewhere to go after you've plugged and painted their old holes. BTW, males can't sting and females hardly ever do unless you grab them.
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    REVIEW: *allinonewinepump*

    I was only talking about drying the valve if you were to get wine in it and have to rinse it. No oil from the compressed air would ever touch any wine that you would drink.
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    OK, Who's Hoarding Gasoline?

    Top 2 are selfish a$$holes. Bottom 2 are hard to believe. Anyone doing that shouldn't be allowed to drive.
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    1st Peach Wine

    This is really interesting to me. I was having the same trouble. My problem has been with Coloma's sweet cherry and their tart cherry. 4 batches fermenting nicely at 1st then a dead stop at 1.004, 1.020, 1.005, and 1.012. Odd thing is that I did 5 batches of Coloma peach before that and all went...
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    Sushi for beginners
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    1st Peach Wine

    I copied the info for the yeasts from this chart I have been using and have it hanging on the wall. It includes K1-V1116 https://winemakermag.com/resource/yeast-strains-chart
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    1st Peach Wine

    Yeah, I noticed that too.
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    1st Peach Wine

    This chart has a lot of info for yeast: https://www.lallemandwine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Quick-Yeast-References-Chart_2018_LR.pdf
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