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  1. chachi44089

    brix correction chart

    thanks! that will help. I have searched the internet everywhere for the chart I used to use and found nothing. I liked having it on the wall to check at a glance. Thanks for the help.
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    brix correction chart

    Greeting all. I havnt been here in years. Getting back I to the hobby after a few year break. I used to have a laminated chart with brix corrections to use with my refractometer but I cant find it anywhere. I must have lost it moving. Could anyone email me the chart or post it here so I could...
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    when to add oad chips and how.

    I couldnt agree more robie, especially since I want to start making wine with "real" ingredients. Turock, I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn from experienced local winemakers. Let me know how, when and where we can get together. I am disabled so I have a good amount of free...
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    when to add oad chips and how.

    Hey Turock! Nice to meet a local! I would love to try a batch from grapes. All I have ever done was concentrate wine. I was telling my wife that I wanted to find a place to pick some and make a family outing of it with our daughters. Where do you go to pick? How much do they charge? How long...
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    when to add oad chips and how.

    Thanks for the help guys. I think I will wait now till I stabilize this in a few days and add the oak chips then. I will check out that recipe. I have made several batches of concord from concentrate and all were pretty good. I cant wait to try this blueberry pom.
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    when to add oad chips and how.

    when to add oak chips and how. Hey gang! Long time no see.. Well, its wine making season for me. I started a batch "5 gallons" of wine from concentrate "welches blueberry pomagranite" a few days ago and just transfered to secondary at .998 gravity. I had forgot that I had bought a bag of french...
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    started first strawberry breeze

    Ok, heres the update. I started it on may 19. Out of secondary on May 27. Today is June 9 and it is crystal clear "I used no clarifiers", so I racked it and stabilized with sorbate and k-meta. It is very clear and smells good, a little yeast smell but not bad. As far as the taste.. lol .. its...
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    started first strawberry breeze

    update on my strawberry breeze My wife brought home 13 cans of welchs strawberry breeze frozen concentrate so I went to work.. I decided to make 14 liters. That will fill 3 "carlo rossi" secondaries and leave 2 liters for topping off. I added all 13 cans to my primary and filled with water to...
  9. chachi44089

    vacuum pump for bottling?

    I might switch to your design.. My hands were pretty sore today after bottling 30+ bottles of wine.. I need to make a little table that fits over my utility sink so I can rest the bottles "my hand" while the fill.. But I must admit, Wades pumps make it sooo fast to bottle, rack, transfer, ect...
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    Other Vintners Harvest apricot transfer at 1.040?

    I will never again transfer at 1.040, it made a big mess and the sediment was 3" deep in the primary. I will now ferment to dry in primary. Much easier.
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    Other Vintners Harvest apricot transfer at 1.040?

    Update.. I made the mistake of following the directions to make a 5 gallon batch with one can. I should have made only 3 gallons.. Its almost clear and I racked it and sampled.. Starting sg at 1.085 ..finished at about .993-.994 ..Waay too thin on flavor and feel.. I know its not done "1 1/2...
  12. chachi44089

    Cleaning Equipment...dish soap and no rinse?

    I dont really use any soap.. When I get new "used" bottles I just rinse with hot water and scrub them out with sanitizer. Then I just sanitize again right before bottling. I know that some wash them with detergent before sanitizing, but mine are clean, no mold or anything. You could use an...
  13. chachi44089

    Cleaning Equipment...dish soap and no rinse?

    You should be fine as long as you thoroughly rinse all the "scented" stuff off BEFORE sanitizing. Otherwise you will wind up adding the scented stuff to your sanitizer.
  14. chachi44089

    vacuum pump for bottling?

    I use my vacuum pump to bottle all the time. I use the same stopper I use in my carboy to vacuum rack. You dont have to seat the stopper in the bottle, just hold it on top. No need to hold your finger over anything, just rock the stopper a bit to controle the flow. I can hold it on the top fully...
  15. chachi44089

    advise with mould on corks.

    Thats a lot of broken demijohns $$.. Why do you store them "full" of water and sanitizer? I just put about a cup of k-meta sanitizer and a solid stopper. The vapors will protect the entire inside from contaminants, and no risk of freeze breakage. Then I sanitize again just before use to be sure.
  16. chachi44089

    f-pac flavor question

    I made a 5 gallon batch of welches concord from frozen concentrate. I sweetened it with more concentrate to an sg of 1.005 because my wife likes it sweeter. It has been sitting for about 5 days since I sweetened it. I took a small sample and tasted it. It is not bad, but tastes more like grape...
  17. chachi44089

    fermenting bungs

    If these are the mechanical type air locks, I read about them on another forum. They said they were good for bulk ageing because you dont have to worry about water levels, but harder to clean. And you cannot see action "bubbles"...
  18. chachi44089

    The Effect of Small Barrel Aging on SO2 levels

    Thats pretty good info to know. I plan to get a couple small "5 gal." barrels some day to age in. The porous wood must allow more o2 transfer than I ever would have thought. I definitely need to get some testing equipment before attemting barrel ageing. I should have them anyways and get used to...
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    My German Shepherd Jade, and our bunny Clover..
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