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  1. TikiWine

    Mold in varboy

    I found a couple mold spots at the bottom of my carboy when I went to clean it. Is it ruined or can I rense with bleach?
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    Cleaning enolmatic

    My wife just purchased a enolmatic bottle filler for me for my birthday. I have not looked into these much. I was hesitant to buy for myself as I see an issue with cleaning and sanitizing. What is the best way to do that with these? Is it as simple as a siphon? Just run cleaner, water and...
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    Still good?

    Last night I siphoned my batch from the primary to the carboy. I degassed and added the the fermentation ending and clearing agents. This morning I went to check on it and the solid stopper ( per the instructions) was completely off. It has been sitting without one from anywhere between 1...
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    Degass or no degass?

    I am interested in letting my kit degass naturally. Has anyone tried this? How long does it take?
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    Oaking Malbec

    I am just about to start bulk aging my Malbec kit. What is the best type of oak to use for malbecs?
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    Oaking while still degassing?

    My cabsauv kit has completed it's course however it seems to be still gassy/fizzy. Can I still oak while letting the airlock degass, or do I need to wait for it to be finished degassing I did degass after the primary for 5 mins. It seems there was too much water in the lock and did not let the...
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    Adding fruit to a kit.

    Has anyone tried adding fresh fruit to a white wine kit? Such as strawberry or peaches to a Moscato kit? If so where did you add it and for how long?
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    Fizzy Moscato?

    I recently had a nice Moscato that wasn't too sweet or too crisp. It had a nice flavor and a slight fizz about it. I am trying to figure out how to do this with a wine kit. Any thoughts?
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    Oak infusion

    I am trying to make a cab with a bourbon barrel oak characteristic. Has anyone done this without a bourbon barrel? Can you infuse oak spirals or cubes with bourbon? If so what is the process?
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    Strawberry muscadine

    I am looking for a muscadine based wine recipe with a strawberry flavor or hint. I'm thinking of just mashing some strawberries and adding them to the fermentation.
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    Fermentation hasn't started

    I am trying to start a 3 gallon desert wine kit. It's been 48 hours and still no evidence that fermentation has started. Anything I can do to help it or anything I need to add?
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    To brewbelt or not to brewbelt?

    When u started making kits the guys at the store talked about the Brew belt as a required piece of equipment. But is it necessary? I am going on vacation for 9 days and this seems to be perfect if I start the day I leave and get back 9 days after to check the progress. The AC will be off...
  13. TikiWine

    Low starting sg

    I just started a Merlot kit and when I measured the SG it was pretty low. 1.065ish is that ok or is it a bad kit?
  14. TikiWine

    Sangio oak aging

    What is the best type of oak for aging sangiovese?
  15. TikiWine

    Oak aging

    I am aging an off dry wine kit with a spiral of French oak. I tasted after a month of the oak and it seems more dry than my first kit with only the directions. Does aging with oak make the wine more dry? If so what can I do to mellow it out and nake it more off dry again?
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    Does anyone know how to ship wine? I have family out of state and would like to give them a bottle. I probably won't see them until Christmas. I thought it would be easier to just ship it.
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    Mixed fermentation

    So I gave a friend that has around 20 muscadine vines in the back to yard. They said i can use it. The only issue is they don't know which type of grapes they are and that tgereis a mix of red and white. Without knowing how to separate. Is it possible to ferment them all together or would I need...
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    Muscadine pruning help

    I have a friend that has old muscadine vines on 3 trellises. They probably have never been pruned, but the still produce lots of clusters. It is a tangled mess. What is the best way to prune these back to help the grape quality?
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    Bad aging?

    How can I tell if my wine has been oxidized by a bad seal of the bung or air lock? If so is there anything I can do to correct it or is it just time to pour it out and start over.
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    How can you tell if the clearing us complete and ready to bottle. Especially with a red wine?