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  1. Berry Juice

    Finer Wine Kits

    Got a question for the group, I started the FW Cab on June 1st. It's been sitting under an airlock bucket for 2 weeks now. From the sound of the sloshing, it seems the skin bags might have fallen but not sure, Haven't opened it since. I'm leaving out on vacation on July 1st and won't get back...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Understood, I will leave the Firm-O out on the next on. So far this kit is best best one I've seen. Looking forward to the 6mo tasting but will prolly leave it in the carboy for about a year.
  3. Berry Juice

    Finer Wine Kits

    Well as detailed as the handbook is that came with this kit, I still managed to miss a step. Somehow when I got to the point of activating the yeast, I thought it was very strange to just let it soak in water for 18 hrs before putting it in the juice. Did it anyway, yeast & water. The next day I...
  4. Berry Juice

    Finer Wine Kits

    one other question, I normally use my filtered house water for my kits. Recently I have installed a water softener. So now I'm thinking about buying either distilled or spring water by the gal. which is best?
  5. Berry Juice

    Finer Wine Kits

    just curious, I have never used any bags for the skins, why not just let them free float?
  6. Berry Juice

    EC-1118

    yes, everything was the same. I treated it just like normal bread yeast. No issues, dough way doubled in size.
  7. Berry Juice

    EC-1118

    Well, 100% success!!! Don't need bread yeast anymore for awhile now. EC-1118 rocks for bread yeast. Super fluffy and lots of bubbles in the rise. Finally found a use for all those extra packets from those kits.
  8. Berry Juice

    EC-1118

    Cool! I be giving it a go making pizza and focaccia tonight. we'll see how it goes. so far so good
  9. Berry Juice

    EC-1118

    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.
  10. Berry Juice

    Cab smells of KMeta

    Perfect! I will give it a go this weekend. Thanks
  11. Berry Juice

    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...
  12. Berry Juice

    Leaving Oak cubes in carboy

    Perfect information!
  13. Berry Juice

    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...
  14. Berry Juice

    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...
  16. Berry Juice

    Over Tweaked Advise

    I also added 1/4 tsp Rogue tannins as well. I poured 5 1/2 bottles in a 1 gal jug, then added the chems. I also hit it with K-Meta
  17. Berry Juice

    Over Tweaked Advise

    OK, That help a lot. I checked my ph level and it's at 3.5ph what range should it be at?
  18. Berry Juice

    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...
  19. Berry Juice

    Cellar Craft CC Sterling Amarone

    Sounds like a good plan to me Thanks for the info
  20. Berry Juice

    Cellar Craft CC Sterling Amarone

    When I dropped the chems, all the skins had all just about dropped. So I've never opened it since and just give it an aggressive slosh every day. So I feel no issue to co2. So what is the smell supposed to be at this point?
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