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  1. PAwinedude

    Bladder Press Question

    Looking for some help regarding bladder presses What is the minimum size bladder press needed to press whole grape clusters? thanks Corey
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    Get to Walkers fruit basket

    For those of you in PA and NY, Walkers fruit basket in Forestville, NY has 99 percent of all their fresh wine juices still in stock. Also, those individuals in the Finger Lakes area can still get a wide selection of juice at Fulkersons in Dundee NY Was at walkers yesterday.....a ton of...
  3. PAwinedude

    Hose for Utility Sink

    For those of you who routinely use a utility sink for your wine making operations..... I bought a "leader hose" for one of those portable hose cart/reels...(i.e. the ones with wheels). They are approx two feet long.....and I picked up the cheapest spray nozzle I could find.....So, for less...
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    Lake Erie Wine Trail Review

    I spent last weekend (Labor Day) visiting wineries/vineyards located along Lake Erie, PA. Previously, I have visited AVA's, wineries in Sonoma/Napa. Oregon, Virginia as well as North Carolina. Places Visited: Blueberry Sky Farm Winery (fruit wines...unremarkable) Johnson...
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    Lake Erie (PA/NY) Wine Trail Review

    I spent last weekend (Labor Day) visiting wineries/vineyards located along Lake Erie, PA. Previously, I have visited AVA's, wineries in Sonoma/Napa. Oregon, Virginia as well as North Carolina. Places Visited: Blueberry Sky Farm Winery (fruit wines...unremarkable) Johnson Estate Winery...
  6. PAwinedude

    For All You NY Jets Fans

    http://blog.pennlive.com/wine/2010/06/new_york_jets_taking_preorders_for_release_of_commemorative_wine.html#incart_mrt Jets have joined with a Napa Valley Winemaker and Marketing firm to create their own wine. 100% Cab Pre-orders are currently being taken....Production was around 8000 cases...
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    Mosti Mondiale Adding Raisins to L/E Meg Cab Sauv

    Getting ready to start Cab Sauv Del Veneto Should I add raisins to this $175 kit? Is it a waste of time? Would it hurt? thanks
  8. PAwinedude

    Mosti Mondiale Adding Raisins to L/E Meg Cab Sauv

    Getting ready to start the L/E Meg Cab Sauv Del Veneto.... I opened the box and see two packs of oak....and the rest of the goodies... I was thinking of adding 2lbs of raisins.... Looking for some feedback! thanks
  9. PAwinedude

    HELP!! Chilean Pinot/Malbec 1st Time Bucket

    Been making kits for a while and I am waiting to pick up two pails of juice (A Malbec and a Pinot) Any tips for getting these going? I see RC 212 is a good yeast for the Malbec, but what about the Pinot? Anyone, have a step by step guide? Or do you just pitch the yeast and let the S.G...
  10. PAwinedude

    Using Fruit w/ Kits

    Happy Mothers Day to all you Moms!!!!! Has anyone tried adding fruit to the primary fermentation process for a OB type kit? I am kicking around some ideas and was curious if anyone has tried this... thanks
  11. PAwinedude

    Cellar Craft First CC Kit--w/skins

    Started 5 wk CC Pinot Noir kit with skins this past weekend.... Its fermenting away nicely, but I did have a couple questions... I was considering leaving the skins in for 12 days....I am certain the must will be dry at this point. Does anyone foresee an issue with leaving the skins in this...
  12. PAwinedude

    Entered local wine contest

    Our local library held an amateur wine contest last night and I entered the following wines. <?:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /> 2009 Chocolate Raspberry Port 2009 Strawberry Riesling 2009 Banana Pineapple Viognier 2009 Valpocella There were a total...
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    Mosti Mondiale Well......I learned!!!

    What that wine volcano was all about! Working a MM Vinfera Noble Sangiovese Transferred into Carboy at 1.049 after adding nutrient and wallah! Nice little mess... Anyway, any suggestions for the future thanks
  14. PAwinedude

    My "PEE" is fermenting!

    Well, I walked the plank this weekend and started my first batch of skeeter pee! I used the original recipe from the creators web site and I used the yeast slurry from a blackberry wine.... Day 1 (Sat) Followed orignial recipe to a tee. Incorporated lemon juice, yeast nutrient, yeast...
  15. PAwinedude

    How do you check S.G.

    Ladies/Gents, Just curious as to how each of you takes your S.G. readings? I know that a hydrometer is required, but do you take your measurements from... 1. the must directly 2. a wine thief (fill the thief and then drop the hydrometer inside) 3. Other testing equipment (beaker...
  16. PAwinedude

    Oregon Blackberry Puree

    Started a 1 gallon batch of this wine last week. I racked it into a 1 gallon carboy on sat and the S.G. was 1.000...... I will let it ferment to dry and then rack of the lees, but I do have a couple questions? The recipe says let it ferment to dry for apporox 2-3 weeks and then add fining...
  17. PAwinedude

    RJ Spagnols OB Strawberry Riesling

    Started this kit on 1 Jan.... Went to .0996 in 5+ days Cleared in 36 hours.... no joke!!! here are a couple pics: Its still dropping sediment but I was amazed how quickly it began to clear...Hoping to have this ready by valentines day
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    Skeeter Pee???

    Anyone have a tried and tested 6 gal recipe? I see the original recipe calls for using the lees from another batch of wine as a ferm starter... What is the method for removing the existing lees? Do you wait until the existing wine is done fermenting and remove the lees from the...
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    Skeeter Pee ????

    Anyone have a tried and tested 6 gal recipe? I see the original recipe calls for using the lees from another batch of wine as a ferm starter... What is the method for removing the existing lees? Do you wait until the existing wine is done fermenting and remove the lees from the fermenter...
  20. PAwinedude

    Vine Questions

    To All you Vineyard masters.... I have a friend who recently bought a home that belonged to an Italian family... Suffice to say, the back yard is full of vines! The vines are growing on/up thefence which encloses the entire back yard. Some of the vines have actually grown up into the...
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