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    I have several EC-1118 packets I have collected from all these kits. Can they be used for bread yeast substitute? It seems all the local grocery stores are stocked out of Fleshman's bread yeast.
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    Cab smells of KMeta

    Hello all, I have a RJS Cru Select Cab that's been sitting in a 5 gal carboy for a year now. I have been hitting it with 1/4 tsp of kmeta every 3 months. On my last drop about a month ago, I noticed a strong smell coming from it. It didn't concern me at the time, but today its been a full year...
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    Leaving Oak cubes in carboy

    How long can I leave oak cubes in the carboy? Any harm with leaving them in there for 6 months or 1yr? I've got some bottles that's it's been in there that long...
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    Skeeter Pee low ABV

    I've made my first batch of SP. I understand it's suppose to be low ABV. Starting SG 1.090 Ending .999 Which should put it almost 12% Last night, I polished off a quart and had no buzz feeling effect. Felt like it was just lemonaid...... I was wondering if I added a little vodka to it to bump up...
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    Hot Pee

    I started my first batch of Lime/Lemon Pee Tuesday. So far I have used 2 packs of Red Star Premier Classique (Montrachet) 1 pack mixed with white grape juice on day one. Then sprinkled on top day 3. Starting SG 1.095 and nothing is happening. Hit it with some FermAid O last night and still...
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    Over Tweaked Advise

    Hello All, In the begining of my learning process, I made several Fontana kits using FPacks from black berries, blue berries, currents. Not knowing exactly how much to use, i think I have over tweaked them. They have been in the bottle since May and starting to open them to see how they are...
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    As I was adding my 3 month chems to all my wines, on my last bottle of a Zin blush I pulled a little out and mixed in the meta, then poured it back in the bottle. Then I thought I'd give it a smell and was over powered by the smell of vinegar left in the bowl I mixed it in. Should I let it sit...
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    Cellar Craft CC Sterling Amarone

    Hello all, In another post, I mentioned making my first Amarone kit. It was suggested to add an Allgrape pack. Is this good advice? I plan on using BM4X4 and all the Fermaid K at first and O later. I also want to save the skins that came with it for my next kit (Cab\Zin\Syrah) should I use the...
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    Hello all, I just enjoyed a very nice Cab Cliff Lede Stags Leap Cab. What kit is out there that compares to this CAB Vivino says this is a $80 but I paied$125. I any case it was surperb bottle. I want to make this, is it possible???
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    APV Question

    OK, Been making kits for the past 8 months, learned a lot & having fun, now I have just starting to try a batch I made 6 months ago, Fontana Merlot. Taste is great but after 2 bottles, I'm not feeling the buzz. From my calculation, my SG is always 1.100 range and finish at .998/.996 range. That...
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    BM4X4 Yeast

    Hello All, Starting a new batch of WE Select Cab this weekend. I also picked up some BM4X4 yeast. I have read some post that says it's a nutriant hog. Is there something else I need to make sure this yeast works properly?
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    Dried Skins

    Hello All, I just purchased a Mivino Cab and it came with dried skins. Should I let the skins float free in the primary or put them in a bag? It came with a cheesecloth bag. Is this for squeezing them during the 5 day primary or easier to transfer to the secondary, if you even do that for...
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    Master Vintner Weekday Wine Cab

    Would this be the same as Fontana or better quality? Master Vintner™ Weekday Wine™ Cabernet Sauvignon Recipe Kit
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    Cork weeping

    Is it common to see corks weeping? I have 1 bottle of Merlot that I corked 6 months ago and I noticed little dots of red on the cork. They have been laying flat and unmoved.
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    5 gallon batch

    Anything to be concerned about if I make a 5 gal batch of Master Vintners Weekday Cab instead of 6 gal? What will the favor profile be? Should I use BM4x4 or RC1112? I want to use this 8.5 Gal demijohn and I need 2 kits.
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    8.5 Gal Bottle

    I found this 8.5 Gal bottle, Since all kits call for 6 gal, which Cab kit can I cheat on and make 2 - 5 gal batches? I figure, out of the 10 gal batch, 8.5 can fill this one up plus a 1 gal, the remaining is usually lees anyway.
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    Moving vines

    I'm sure it been posted before, but I need to ask how to move some vines. A guy in fla wants to get rid of his 30 vines and I want to move then a few states North. Got any suggestions on best time to cut and how much to cut them back.
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    Cheap Zin Blush

    I was wanting to play with a cheap Zin Blush ($40) and add one of these; Winexpert Red Grape Concentrate - 1 Liter ($24) Brix is 68 Concentrate is three times the regular juice Mainly used to increase alcohol and body Can also be used as a sweetener and it will give your wine a nice "Grapey"...
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    RJS Craft Winemaking - Grand Cru - Merlot

    Just orderd a RJS Craft Winemaking - Grand Cru - Merlot & a Additive Pack for Brehm Frozen Fruit (Reds) Anyone have any success stories to share?
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    Why are my wines turning out sweet

    I have made 4 different 6 gal batches of Fontana Merlot, Cab, Shiraz types 2 months ago. I do not backsweeten them. I made them all about the same way with my homemade FPACK (Box currants & 16oz blackberry or bluberries to the primary) All starting SG was 1.110 and finished to .996, and PH is...