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  1. DaveMcC

    Moving from carboys to variable volume stainless steel tanks

    Hoping to get some informed opinions on the use of 110L Speidel variable volume tanks for secondary fermentation/storage. Deciding on whether to build a solid bench for the tanks (3) or more steel shelving units to add 6 more 6 gallon carboys. 1. Advantages/disadvantages of storing wine in...
  2. DaveMcC

    Quick advice on MLF

    I made a very small (2 gallons) batch of Chambourcin, which just finished out primary at S.G. 0.992 yesterday, likely a bit lower today. I need to leave town at noon tomorrow for a week. My question; Should I secure the batch (in a 5 gallon bucket now) with CO2 and wait a week on MLF and let it...
  3. DaveMcC

    Need recommendation for roll labels

    I've acquired this machine (below) to roll on labels now that my bottling needs have risen to that level. I design my own labels and want to have them printed. So far, the 4.5 x 4.5 inch label rolls (minimum of 100) look to be the best at about $0.65 per. Anyone know of any...
  4. DaveMcC

    Vinmetrica SC-55 MLA test equipment

    Selling an opened but unused Vinmetrica SC-55 Malic Acid test equipment kit. Price is $125 shipping included and case, normally $185. Upgrading to an SC-300 and happy to just use paper chromatography for the time being. Will likely regret it. Measure accurate levels of Malic Acid before and...
  5. DaveMcC

    General observation...

    So here is just a note I made to myself. A month past MLF I am at that point where I am making periodic observations and making notes in my journal/log. I usually note the date, and the day number (i.e. D 23, or D 121, etc.) past initial inoculation of yeast. I checked today (D 189), after a few...
  6. DaveMcC

    How many carboys before larger tank

    For anyone who has switched from glass carboys to stainless steel tanks, I'm thinking about smaller or medium sized variable capacity tanks for primary and secondary/bulk aging. How many carboys (6 and or 5 gallon) did any of you have in use before it made sense to go with larger tanks?
  7. DaveMcC

    Third time charm for MLF?

    MLF did not happen for 2 (6 gallon) batches of Zinfandel. I re-innuculated at about 50 days after primary with Opti Malo Plus and WLB 675 bacteria (White Labs) in suspension (cold packed, but completely thawed. Maybe dead on arrival?). New paper chromatograph this morning after about 40 days...
  8. DaveMcC

    Successful first attempt at paper chromatography

    First time out with a MLF chromatograph. Worked very well and gave me the information I needed; M1, M2 (malbec) and C (cab sav) finished, zinfandel 1 and 2 still in process.
  9. DaveMcC

    Spanish Cedar spirals

    When ordering some oak spirals for my wines (Malbec, OVZ, and Cab Sav), I came across the "Spanish Cedar" light toast spirals which are used, I gather, mostly in beer home brewing. Anyone try this wood in wine? I also understand that is is not really a cedar, but a form of SA mahogany. It has a...
  10. DaveMcC

    Slight cooked wine flavor. Any remedies?

    I have 23 gallons each of Malbec and Old Vine Zinfandel and another 10 gallons of Cab Sauv. finishing primary and ready to rack. The Cab and Zin are doing fine, but the Malbec is my problem child. At the end of primary (.997 and stuck there for a few days), I have a slight "cooked" off flavor...