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  1. skyfire322

    Are there bottles that have inspired you?

    My intro to winemaking was when I was a cellar assistant at the vineyard I worked at in Northern VA. I started in the tasting room, but one day the winemaker needed an extra set of hands during the crush. We started talking, hit it off, and I then split my time between the tasting room and...
  2. skyfire322

    I think I just made rocket fuel.

    Well, I just wanted to give an update. I opened a bottle out of morbid curiosity and I was actually pretty shocked! It's beautiful honey color, and actually on the sweeter side (think Gewurtztraminer or a semi-sweet Riesling.). Hazelnut, honey, and citrus notes both in aroma and taste. You...
  3. skyfire322

    Walker's merlot started

    Awesome! I've been thinking about getting some juice from these guys, and it sounds like its well worth the money.
  4. skyfire322

    Carboy bung slipping out.

    Electrical tape here, too. Keeps my mind at ease knowing that there's really no chance at all for the bung to pop out.
  5. skyfire322

    I think I just made rocket fuel.

    Well, that will probably do it! I'm pretty sure I added it pre-ferment. Ya know, I write knowledge base articles for the company I work for, so it's ironic that I didn't RTFM. 🤣
  6. skyfire322

    I think I just made rocket fuel.

    I stirred for about 2-3 minutes before fermentation. Still scratching my head, I checked my notes again to make sure I wasn't going crazy. It looks like I was reading the wrong page, as the initial SG was actually 1.085 before adding the yeasties. Whoops! Anywhoozles, here's the SG readings...
  7. skyfire322

    I think I just made rocket fuel.

    It has a beautiful honey taste but has a dollar store vodka burn that creeps up on you like a hot pepper, lol. I did contact RJS about the SG when I first started because their instructions said it should be between 1.080 and 1.100 but I never got a response. Perhaps I should have diluted a bit...
  8. skyfire322

    I think I just made rocket fuel.

    I used the BA-11 strain, which has a tolerance of 16%. I did make the entire kit (6 gallons) and the room temperature during fermentation was about 75 degrees. Storage temp fluctuated between 70-80 during aging (thanks summer, lol.) No refractometer at time of bottling, so I can check when I...
  9. skyfire322

    I think I just made rocket fuel.

    So my latest batch was the RJS Double Down white blend, that came with a f-pack (put the whole thing in per the instructions.) I'm about to bottle, and out of curiosity, I decided to check the abv..... 20.64%. It's a honey color, too. The OG was 1.165 and the FG (checked today) is 1.010. I did...
  10. skyfire322

    Foil capsules for port style bottles

    Thank you!!! A life saver.
  11. skyfire322

    Foil capsules for port style bottles

    I'm bottling my next wine on Sunday using Balto (port) bottles for my latest wine. I bought the foil capsules, and they're just the tiniest bit too small to fit over the bottle. I can't seem to find any online or in the LBHS. Are there any specialty foil capsules or am I looking at potentially...
  12. skyfire322

    Corona Virus & Day to Day

    I tested positive a few days ago so I'm pretty much locked in my music room. I have been writing quite a bit, but it gets a bit tiring after awhile so Netflix and Hulu are a good escape! There's nothing like finding some obscure documentary about something like the history of Roman plumbing...
  13. skyfire322

    Show Us Your Pets

    One of my cats passed away a few months ago, and it took awhile for us to come to terms. We decided last week that we were ready to adopt again. We found her at the local SPCA. She was there for three months(!) When I spoke to the lady, she said no one was really interested in even interacting...
  14. skyfire322

    Sanitizing Bottles What do you use (Poll)

    Oxyclean FTW! It's so much readily available and cheaper.
  15. skyfire322

    Is it just me or do some red kits of a faint hot dog water aftertaste?

    Interesting! While I couldn't find a commercial wine that had the same exact blend, but my girlfriend and I did a tasting to compare mine with a 2017 Sangiovese and a 2018 Cab Malbec blend. Both of the commercial wines had much more present tannin and were full-bodied. Mine tasted like diluted...
  16. skyfire322

    Is it just me or do some red kits of a faint hot dog water aftertaste?

    I've made two red kits, both from RJS. One was the Sangiovese Merlot blend, and the other was the Chilean Trio (Malbec, Cab, Carmenere.) I popped a bottle from my first batch I made (2018) last night. It tasted great but there was a weird faint aftertaste. If I could compare it to something, I'd...
  17. skyfire322

    RJ Spagnols RJS Changes - not for the better I think

    It looks like they just started making cider kits. I wonder if they're adjusting to branch out into different areas of brewing.
  18. skyfire322

    Why Be Patient? New Folks this is for you.

    Nailed it! On the first kit, I bottled and popped open bottles about 8 weeks after I started it. It tasted "meh." Well, I just popped open a bottle from my last batch (aged for about a year and a half) for dinner last night. 10,000,000x better. To be perfectly honest, I usually forget I have...
  19. skyfire322

    You don't have a McGyver forum so ...

    You could go full on Gallagher, buy a sledgehammer and just smash the living heck out of them. Good way to get some aggression out too ;) Might need some tarp for the scraps though.
  20. skyfire322

    REVIEW: *allinonewinepump*

    Yet another 11/10 review incoming: I just used it for the first time today and I can say in complete confidence that it's a godsend. I was actually quite surprised at how quiet it was for a vacuum pump. The cats didn't even freak out when I turned it on, haha. It took me about 10 minutes to get...