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  1. Ivywoods

    Inexpensive wine storage

    franc1969 Thank you! I will do that right away. They look like they would work perfectly for both of my racks!
  2. Ivywoods

    Inexpensive wine storage

    Attaching it to the wall sounds like a very good idea. I wouldn't want to rely on that basement floor being perfectly level.
  3. Ivywoods

    Inexpensive wine storage

    If I double stack these shelves do you think it would be too much weight? Double stacking would allow me to put one 5 gallon batch per shelf.
  4. Ivywoods

    Inexpensive wine storage

    I started making wine last year. I tried to be as economical as possible by salvaging bottles, used equipment etc. My wine shelves were already overflowing so when I found this one on marketplace for $125 I quickly made the 2 hour drive to get it. My old rack has places for 69 bottles. This...
  5. Ivywoods

    Original Skeeter Pee Recipe

    Well yes, I'm VERY proud of my boys! One is a radiation oncologist, one is a mechanical engineer that does design controls engineering and one is a officer in the army, currently serving in Kuwait.
  6. Ivywoods

    Original Skeeter Pee Recipe

    Hounddog-It's clear. My son gave it to me. I have no idea where he bought it.
  7. Ivywoods

    Original Skeeter Pee Recipe

    This batch fermented down to .998 so I transferred it to a carboy my son gave me. He said it was a 6 gallon carboy. It is 7 gallons so way too much headspace. I added 1:1 sugar/water and another bottle of lemon. Holy smokes I didn't expect it to do this! It's been going nuts! I don't think...
  8. Ivywoods

    Original Skeeter Pee Recipe

    LOL Hounddog! Yes, I'm wondering what my final ABV will be. I read it should turn out somewhere around 10%. I've always had wine that was somewhere around 12% so it sounds a little weak to me. Not having had any Skeeter Pee before I'm not sure what taste I will want to end up with. I don't...
  9. Ivywoods

    Original Skeeter Pee Recipe

    The skeeter pee I posted about last March was a failure. It didn't ferment and I ended up dividing it and adding it to some other batches. One turned out ok, one was terrible and one was darn good! I started my second batch of skeeter pee this week. I think I have learned a few things during...
  10. Ivywoods

    Coring a large amount of pears

    My neighbor keeps telling me to harvest the pears from another neighbor that doesn't want them so I can make wine. (Maybe he wants me to make wine for him, which I would gladly share.) However most of the posts I read here talk about pressing the pears. I don't have a press. I know they have...
  11. Ivywoods

    Started blackberry and blueberry from fruit.

    Yes, I used a fine mesh nylon bag, but in my enthusiasm to stir and mash I popped some through the hole where it was tied. I strained it through the same type bag and I think it's good to go now!
  12. Ivywoods

    Started blackberry and blueberry from fruit.

    I used the bucket and bag method last night. My blackberry was already at .996 so I poured it through a fine mesh paint strainer into another bucket. From there it went into two 1gallon jugs. It wasn't quite full so I added a pint of grape juice from my grape vines to top it off. It is...
  13. Ivywoods

    Started blackberry and blueberry from fruit.

    No, It's only been a few days and I was going to wait a week to check the SG again. It is still fermenting rather aggressively. I am also thinking that perhaps I could put a mesh bag into the opening of the carboy and the end of the racking tube into the bag, securing it so the whole thing...
  14. Ivywoods

    Started blackberry and blueberry from fruit.

    Thanks Rembee. That sounds like the way I have done it in the past. I just wasn't sure if a stray blueberry or piece of fruit might get sucked up in the cane. I put the last of my wine to rack in a jar in the fridge, too. I have never put it back in the carboy though. I just call it my BOB...
  15. Ivywoods

    Started blackberry and blueberry from fruit.

    The bottom of the cane on the up side or the down side of the tilt? I don't know if this fruit will float or sink by then. Seems like it would float but I don't know.
  16. Ivywoods

    Started blackberry and blueberry from fruit.

    This is the first wine I've started from actual fruit instead of juice. I have 5 gallons of blueberry and 2 gallons of blackberry that I started 2 days ago. The fruit is in mesh bags. I've been stirring and squeezing the bags twice a day . I am wondering if there is a way to keep the fruit...
  17. Ivywoods

    Well...that made a mess!

    That runner at Lowes might work for me. I will probably be making a run to Lowes in the next month or so. We don't have one here so I have to run to Bartlesville. I have a few other home improvement projects on the burner so I might just take care of several at one time.
  18. Ivywoods

    Wild plum juice wine.

    Hi TD Fermenting! I have made two batches of wild plum wine now. The first batch cleared well with time. The second batch I just finished bottling this week. (see the thread titled "Well that made a mess!". That was one bottle of my plum wine! Anyway, I think you have done more wine than I...
  19. Ivywoods

    Well...that made a mess!

    I use the "All in One" to bottle it leaves all the headspace about the same. That looks like a good idea. Actually there are several good ideas here. I think I will get some of those and then use the plastic tote under my corker. Is there any problem cleaning the joints on that when there is...
  20. Ivywoods

    Well...that made a mess!

    I haven't been on this site much for a while. My wine has just been aging in the carboys. I decided to bottle some today to get ready to start some new batches. Why on earth would this happen? It wasn't the neck that broke and it wasn't a screw top. The middle of the bottle broke as I...
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