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wildhair

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Bottled up the first of my wines yesterday. Got the labels on today. No popped corks........so far. I have 7 varieties, 65 bottles total (some were 1.5L bottles). All but the Honeydew-Apple are crystal clear and taste pretty good even now. (I never could get that honeydew to fully clear)




I still have 3 gal. of Rhubarb ready to bottle (ran out of bottles) + 2 gal of Cranberry, 2.5 gal of Black Raspberry & 2 gal of strawberry-rhubarb to back-sweeten today.

Now to get ready for the spring wines - Dandelion Wine, some Cherry Wine, maybe some Sumac Wine this year.............

I think I'm gonna need a bigger wine rack............... and more bottles.......



Thanks to all the answered questions from members here. You all were a big help in getting me going in the right direction & fixing some flaws early on.
 

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Looks good, but...
From here if looks like you corked some screw tops. I'm told that's risky...
 

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That's a sight of beauty Wildhair, congrats and enjoy.
 

wildhair

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Looks good, but...
From here if looks like you corked some screw tops. I'm told that's risky...
There's always a butt.............. :h
I did cork some screw tops - very observant! I got info from the wise folks here and my local brew shop that the screw top bottles were "cork-able". All suggested using #8 X 1 1/2" corks as they would go in a bit easier - which they did. I'm told the risk is that you blow the top as you insert the cork because the glass is thinner. Which I didn't, thankfully.

And I just sprayed the corks with SanStar - I'm no cork soaker. ::
 

wildhair

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Nice labels, what sofware did you use?
Thanks, my daughter liked them, too. Not being a computer wiz - I used the Avery 4 postcard template and my old Printshop program. I think I'll reduce the size on the next batch a bit, they were a little too tall for some of the long, tapered neck bottles. I printed them on 32# paper - which might be a bit heavier than necessary - I'll try 24# next time - and used spray adhesive to put them on. I hope that lets them come off easy.
 

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