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    Baby Vines - Fungus Help!

    Hi I am very new to viticulture. I am in TX and I just received 16 temparanillo vines. After a heavy rain I seem to have several issues. Can you please help me identify whats wrong with my new vines and what treatments can I use?
  2. V

    Strawberry Wine: Faulty Fermenter

    Hey there! I’m new to the community & this is also my first attempt at making wine. A couple questions: 1. I got everything added to my Big Mouth Bubbler and then found out the lid won’t stay attached. It keeps popping off. Will it mess everything up if I siphon it to a different 1 gallon...
  3. E

    Initial SG too low, day three reading very high now?

    Hello all, I am new to wine making and it's my first kit. It's a wilko red wine kit, I got as a gift. My initial SG was 1.054 but I only reaslised that was too low today when I took a second reading. The demijohn has been kept at 24 degrees Celsius (about 75 Fahrenheit) for three days and has...
  4. C

    Please help: Cloudy dark and liquor- like wine issue.

    I am having an issue with my wine. First off it's way too strong (doesn't even taste like wine. It would be ok if it were strong and fruity or strong and sweet), perhaps a bit vinegary. To me it's vodka-like but muddy looking. My husband and a freind think it tastes vinegary. It also has almost...
  5. M

    Mead and Bentonite Mess

    I used bentonite in my mead, it worked wonderfully. I was racking the wine into bottles and my hand slipped and all the bentonite that settled at the bottom remixed back up in to a cloudy mess. It hasn't seemed to resettle again and it still cloudy after about 4 days so far. Is there a way to...
  6. Blitzburg

    Is what I made still salvagable?

    Hi, I'm Travis, and I'm brand new to this, so please take it easy on me lol. I don't even know if this question can be answered but at least I have some specifics for you. So here it goes.... Recently at work, I had started working with a new guy. I'm an electrician and I'm new to the field so...
  7. P

    AFTER RACKING - TASTES LIKE SEWAGE!

    Please help! I racked the wine into a 54L glass demijohn last week and at that point it was delicious, I tasted it today through the spigot and it tastes like sewage!!! Is there anyway to fix this? Please help. This is the wine I want to top up my 200L barrel with. Also, took a sample out of the...
  8. J

    What to do after the first Fermentation?

    I am looking to start producing my own wine from grape juice to start. I have done lots of research and only have a few questions before starting. After the first fermentation (5-7 days) and the yeast begins to die and settle. Should I pour the wine into a new container to remove the dead yeast...
  9. Amosmagilicuty

    New to group and to wine making. HELP !! :)

    Hello! I am a new member as well as new at wine making ( I am planning my first batch now ). I live in Michigan, and right now it is not the warmest (30 degrees and snow to be exact! LOL!). I am trying to find a location to make my wine. The back half of my house is cool (average temp is...
  10. T

    Sloe gin problem....

    Hi there! New to the forum so not sure where I should post this but..... I’ve been making sloe gin for the last 10 years but this year is the first time I’ve had this happen. I made 10 litres and the whole batch smells like marzipan!! Nothing else!! Pure marzipan!! It smells nice to me but...
  11. D

    Cabernet Sauvignon of wedding

    I need some help choosing a kit. I am getting married on August 3rd of this year and want to make 2 kits to hand out with labeled bottles as favors. We are using 375 ml bottles and each household (55) is getting one bottle. The intention is to tell people to take the bottle home and on our 1...
  12. JCBurg

    First year vines, fall maintenance help

    its getting late in the season, an this is my first planting. My vines did not do great at all but some got up to the trellis wire and some didn’t. I heard you should trim the one that didn’t make it back to about two buds, is this true and when should it be done? Also should I leave the ones on...
  13. Kaotisk Bäsärk

    Advice for Making Peach Wine?

    The peaches on my trees are getting closer and closer to maturation, and as they grow I too grow more and more tempted to attempt to make peach wine, though the more I research the more I realize that fermenting wine using peaches could potentially be very different in technique to what I'm used...
  14. P

    Questions about malolactic fermentation.

    Howdy folks. I created a wine from an old grape vine in my garden around two months ago, this was my first attempt at making wine and was a very fun time, I did not perform a malolactic fermentation post the primary fermentation. The wine is very tart, it has a strong alcohol flavour behind an...
  15. JCBurg

    I have a white ring...

    So I have two gallons of the same batch of grapefruit wine. One has developed a peculiar white ring at the top of the wine where it terminates in the neck of the jug. Anyone seen this before? Should I be concerned with it? Is it just some residual fermentation? I ask because the other is clear...
  16. Cheryl

    Skeeter pee without slurry?

    I do not currently have a yeast slurry available, can I make skeeter pee out of fresh yeast? What changes must I make?
  17. MikeDigital27

    Wine making rookie needs help please

    Hello all, I am very new to wine making and I started to make my 1st batch with very little to no knowledge of the specifics regarding adding K-meta or Camden tabs to the process. So this is whats going on. My wine mixture fermented for 6 days then I strained it today into a half gallon glass...
  18. benchmstr

    cork size conundrum

    I usually buy #9 corks. however, a friend just gave me several hundred #8 corks for free. I know they aren't great for long term storage...that is the extent of my knowledge of this size cork. I would only be using it for blueberry, strawberry, and dragon blood type wine...stuff that I will...
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