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    Storing Barrels with Tap Water

    Waterdrop RO systems are super compact and make 800 gallons per day. My brother has one and it's legit. I've used these small systems for years and most are 25 to 50 gpd max. 800 is crazy and it actually does it. They are more expensive than most systems but the output is unreal.
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    Re-using Nomacorc's

    IMO, I would lean towards using less expensive corks before I considered reusing corks. If I was making 1000 bottles every year, $200 in corks would be insignificant when compared to the potential risk of losing even a fraction of the wine or the stress I would feel worrying about putting all...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Can someone explain this sentence to me. I've read it before and tripped over it and now I'm reading it again and it just doesn't make sense in my mind. So to recap... Matteo states that the FWK must already has sulfites added (from the "factory"). Is this what he's saying? And sufites are...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Yeah, I was surprised as well. I figured the Forte would be higher and was surprised that the tavola wasn't lower. I'm starting another tavola and forte in a couple weeks. I'll have two more to compare. My Forte finished at .996 (if I remember correctly). The Tavola is doing an extended EM...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    My Forte Petite S. started at 1.090. My Tavola Cab was 1.10. This doesn't fit that reasoning.
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    Other Super Tuscan Finer Wine Kit

    You can search on this site. I hit a snag at the exact same spot in the instructions and asked the exact same question. That part of the instructions needs to be re-written so it is more clearly stated. It's also worth noting that there should be more detail in explaining letting the wine...
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    Other Super Tuscan Finer Wine Kit

    If you sealed the primary after day 5 and the airlock is still actively bubbling (even very slowly) you are going to have protection. IMO, you should leave it sealed for at least 2 weeks from pitching yeast. You want the wine on the skins for at least a couple weeks otherwise what is the point...
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    Hello from Central Texas

    Welcome! Where in Central TX?
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    Cork bleeding

    Just when you think things are good- now I'm questioning my corker! Thanks, Bryan. ;)
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    Finer Wine Kits

    @wineview I know I'm a little late to the party on this but I have a question out of curiosity... did you use distilled water, RO, filtered, tap? Which one? I wouldn't think that it would matter but just curious. I assume you've used this fermenter before and haven't had a similar issue...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Tavola Cab Sauvignon
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    Finer Wine Kits

    I just opened a new kit and it had the secondary seal under the cap.
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    Finer Wine Kits

    The Forte Petite Syrah was also missing a seal. It was my first kit so I didn't know. I really hope it wasn't tampered with.
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Update on my predicament with my last FWK order. LP shipped out the remaining kit ingredients (thank you!). I was able to start the kit tonight. The juice bag smelled great so I'm doubtful that the temperature caused any major issues. Matteo reached out to me last week and asked me some...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    If it was slushy with all the sugar, one would think the temp was pretty cold (near freezing). In 45 minutes you would think it would still be cooler than 50F. I wish I had measured the temp on mine. I was frantically trying to make room in my fridge. I should've made room in my garage...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    You picked your kit up in person and by the time you got home it was in the 50s? Was it in a cardboard box or styrofoam box? How long was your drive home?
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Thanks... It's the cheapest pump I could find on Amazon with hose connections. It has a little rubber paddle impeller. Spins super fast, pretty loud, always running. The positive is that it seems easy to rebuild and comes with a spare impeller and you can purchase replacement impellers. I...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Besides the chicken coop and never ended landscaping, I snuck an hour in today to build me a bottle washer. Works pretty darn good! Plus I purchased the 4 yr extended warranty on the china pump. I have my doubts that it'll last. 😆
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    Finer Wine Kits

    Thanks everyone. I threw the skins in the freezer and juice bag in the fridge. Thankfully I was able to make room otherwise I would've been making a trip to town for ice. The bag was pretty swollen but not ready to pop so I'm hopeful it didn't get too warm. Not sure what the exact temp was...
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    Finer Wine Kits

    All that said. It's business and LP missed the mark this time. I hope this is a learning experience.
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