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sjzalew

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I used a combination of Wade's Strawberry Orange port recipe and another recipe, I decided to make a 6 gal batch ( not sure why ) so I doubled everything..I thought I was carefull but when I tested the SG it was all the way up to 1.5..I'm not sure how much water to add, I'll have to split it up into two primary's..Is there another way to get the SG down without adding that much water? And I still have to have enough room for about 3.8L of Everclear
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Steve
 
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I used a combination of Wade's Strawberry Orange port recipe and another recipe, I decided to make a 6 gal batch ( not sure why ) so I doubled everything..I thought I was carefull but when I tested the SG it was all the way up to 1.5..I'm not sure how much water to add, I'll have to split it up into two primary's..Is there another way to get the SG down without adding that much water? And I still have to have enough room for about 3.8L of Everclear
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Steve
i would add a little water and use a yeast that's high sg tolerable. you might be able to get it going that way and need less everclear.

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Wade E

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Hydrometer dont go that high so Im guesssing that you mean 1.150? If thats the case Id leave it and just use a strong yeast like Premier Cuvee or EC-1118. Ive made many Ice wine and port kits that have started that high.
 

sjzalew

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Wade,
LOL I'm writing my college and asking for a refund...Yes, it was 1.15, I did use premier cuvee, It's boiling away good now, stirring couple times a day, I'll check the SG maybe tomorrow, I've got a Amarone to bottle as well.
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