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  1. DCTWinemaker

    My First Bottling!

    Completed my first bottling, a Winexpert Cabernet Sauvignon Lodi II. In retrospect, I wish I had purchased new bottles. I saved my used wine bottles for about 6 months. Only thing I didn't count on was the variety of bottle shapes. I used a 3 1/2" x 5" label, which didn't work well with...
  2. Intheswamp

    Can I bottle sparkling wine with my gear?

    Newbie Alert!!! Ok, I'm toying with the idea of getting some champagne bottles to bottle wine in. I'd like to eventually try bottle carbing. But, in reading it seems that the champagne bottles require different equipment than what I have. I have a Portuguese Red corker and a double-handed...
  3. M

    Stalled red wine at 1030

    Hi everyone, How is it going? Hope you are doing fine. I have made a red grape wine using Redstar yeast which stalled at 1030, Due to cooking up (misreading) with hydrometer readings, SG was 1190 then went down to 1100. I eventually realized my mistake and deluted it to 1070 which fermented...
  4. V

    Elderflower wine help!

    hi! I’m trying to make a batch of elderflower wine (completely new to this!) following the process below. My wine’s currently fermenting in a wine bucket and it still seems fizzy, it’s been in there for 3 weeks. Should I take it out and bottle it now? Can I bottle it in a flip top bottle...
  5. H

    Bagging wine

    My mother and I started making wine. We set up a system were we are bottling the stuff we are gifting out and keeping long term, then bagging the stuff we are planing to drink in the next 6 months. Our issue is that we are having a hard time getting the bags closed all the way. Dose anyone...
  6. C

    Star San

    I have used sulfite in the past to sanitize but I thought Star San might be an improvement. I know the slogan "don't fear the foam" but as I started to sanitize my bottles, they were filling with foam. I didn't want to ruin a batch of wine so I went back to sulfite. Would the foam be a...
  7. R

    Storing organic wine

    Good evening, I had a question about storing organic wine. I'm new to wine-making so please correct me if I'm using the wrong terms. I've been searching the internet for answers on how to store wine without any preservatives (keeping the wine longer without going bad) and without sterilizing...
  8. I

    Secret bottling technique?

    Hello, I am a beginning wine maker. I have had a lot of successful wine, so far and am eager to get into keeping it for longer periods. however I seem to hit a snag. I can't seem to get a straight answer on bottling. It took quite some time to gather the info needed. However I still have some...
  9. D

    750ml Bottles - Green or Clear - $6.99 per case of 12

    Item now sold out
  10. H

    Automatic floor corker

    If anyone is interested or is using a Portuguese floor corker please take a look at a new kit I have put together to turn it into an automatic corker. I have it online. Evidently you will need to put 2 and 2 together to find monarchwines web site! Any feedback would be greatly appriciated...
  11. C

    Problem after bottling

    I've made 6 gals. of rice-raisin wine and bottled it. The problem I am having is that it seems to have CO2 in it still. I thought I stabilized it properly by stirring it, I also ran it thru a filter for polishing. The wine has been bottled for about a month and I'm noticing corks that are...
  12. Dirtydog420

    Bottled my first batch..

    I used a vino del vida by rj spangols. Cabernet syrah. It kinda tasted weird but hoping that cause its very young still. but more imortantly, there is alot of sediment. I know what I did wrond. Moved it around too much when I siphoned for carboy into bottling bucket. Lessons learned for next...
  13. D

    For Sale-375 mL Matte Black wine bottles

    I have 44,000 beautiful bordeau style 1/2 bottles with food-grade matte black coating with 28/400 threaded opening. Very sophisticated... perfect for something mysterious. Will sell all or part. Cost 60¢, will sell for 30¢ + shipping.
  14. J

    Aging the Wine, Proper Techniques?

    Any good advice on aging the wine? Will wine age better in the carboy or should I go ahead and bottle it? How long should I age the wine for? Also, are there any proper techniques to aging from a carboy? Is racking the wine periodically good for the aging process? Would it be better to age the...
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