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MushCreek

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Hey- I'm new to the forum, but not to wine making. I've been 'inactive' for a few years, but decided to get back in to it. I just kicked off a small 1 gallon batch of elderberry since I was given a big bag of fresh elderberries!

My name is Jay, I'm 56, married, and have a boy in grad school. I'm a tool maker by trade, and we live in west central FL. We are preparing to build a house in upstate SC, where we will have room to grow grapes and other fermentables!

In addition to beer and wine making, I've got a ton of other hobbies, from music to old tractors, and many things in between. Looking forward to sharing recipes and stories!
 

Wade E

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Welcome back to this great hobby. I dont know how long you have been away from this hobby but there are a few things that have been changing over the years for the better like yeast strains and knowledge. Glad to have you aboard.
 

Runningwolf

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Welcome aboard Jay, It's good to have you here.
 

MushCreek

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It's been probably 20 years since my last batch of wine! I prefer a scientific approach to wine making, rather than the old 'throw it in a jug and see what happens' approach. I usually make fruit wines, as I prefer to use fresh ingredients, and wine grapes aren't too common in FL. I like dry wines as well, and it's hard to find dry fruit wines- most are too sweet for my tastes.
 

Wade E

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Glad to hear youre not the throw in a bucket blindly kind of person.
 

JasonH

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Hi Jay! A scientific approach is the way to go. There is no sense in wasting time and money on 5 gallons of fruity vinegar.
 

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Welcome from another West Central Floridian! The best part about not using the "tried and not so true" throw it in the bucket method is that you stand a better chance of repeating a good drink.
 
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