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Is this place still alive?

August 29, 2014, 12:14 pm

Subject says it all ... I'm getting back into winemaking and would like to bounce a few ideas around if there's anybody here besides the spammers/political hacks . -- Snag Read more »

New iPhone app for calculating additions

June 25, 2014, 12:07 pm

Hey rec.crafts.winemaking, I wanted to let you guys know I've recently finished writing a native iPhon e app version of my website If you're not familiar with the s ite, it calculate... Read more »

Betadine discontinued: UK replacement for sanitizing brewing equipment?

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May 9, 2014, 5:19 am

Sorry for the crossposting --- feel free to reply to any one of the 3 groups, as I read them all. I'm about to start back on some winemaking & homebrewing after a gap of several years, & my bottle... Read more »


February 16, 2014, 9:38 pm

I tried once again today to disgorge a few of bottles after secondary ferme ntation, riddling, and disgorging, meeting with mixed success. I salted cr ushed ice and put the sediment-laden caped en... Read more »

Vintner merlot kit done 3 days ago but no bubbles yet?

October 28, 2013, 5:30 pm

We started our Vintner Merlot kit 3 days ago....but still have no bubbles in the air lock. What to do??? Read more »

How long can you leave grapes on the vine?

October 14, 2013, 12:01 pm

I grow a number of vines in a cool climate (southern England) and very occa sionally the season is very late or there is a larger crop than usual.In En gland we are quite happy to obtain Brix level... Read more »

triing to get a sweet cherry wine to ferment? used a liquid of .1...

August 4, 2013, 9:56 pm

temp right around 70 deg. first time using a liquid yeast, i know sg is high, will it start anyway? im a rookie winemaker,always use powder yeast. its been 48 hrs sg is still at .122. worried about ... Read more »

a Failing Group?

July 27, 2013, 6:20 am

I used to post regularly onhere until about 3 years ago but I have stll popped in to have a look how things are going. It would seem to be no longer the active group where lots of information was... Read more »

Potassium Sorbate

July 10, 2013, 4:23 pm

I have started a rhubarb wine. I accidentally dumped some Potasium Sorbate Into it at the same time I added the yeast. Since the Potassium Sorbate keeps fermentation from starting is there any ea... Read more »

Lemons hasten or slow fermentation ?

June 28, 2013, 12:13 pm

Making up a brew of five litres, would adding the called for juice from three lemons, give an 'acidity' that would likely hasten or slow the fermentation time? If it slows it, I thought we would... Read more »

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A great wine buy

I recently purchased a great red imported Italian wine from a distributor, by the case for only $6 a bottle (750ml bottles) This is a award winning vintage (2008) that turned out to be a great dea... Read more »


Turning wine into brandy

A friend asked me how to turn wine into brandy. He was thinking of using Carlo Rossi. Which types of wines are appropriate for converting into brandy? Is there any legal (in the U.S.> to do such... Read more »


Wine Labels

Can anyone suggest a good source for the wine labels and the software to allow them to be printed up on my HP printer? Read more »


racking 1 gallon jugs of wine

Initially I did 5 gallon batches of beer, and wine is a bit new to me. I have a couple of wines beyond primary right now, and need to rack them to leave the sediment behind. My racking cane is stainl... Read more »


Removing glue from wine bottle labels

There has been considerable discussion on this topic, and I've tried a number of different approaches. Most were mediocre at best. Butyrate dope thinner works remarkably well. After scraping the labe... Read more »


Fermenting seems stalled

I am making a 5 gallon batch of Rhubarb-Raspberry wine. My initial SG was 1.10 after removing pulp bag and topping off. After fermentation for 4 days the SG was down to 1.04 and I racked into a carbo... Read more »


stopping fermentation/wine stabilizer

I am going to try a quick way of making of lightly carbonated apple cider and I have a question about adding wine stabilizer at bottling time. With the juice and yeast I use, the cider clears after... Read more »


Removing Impurities in Alcohol

I use rum/vodka to fortify wine and make liqueurs, and I noticed something strange when I shook a bottle of plain white rum. (The same thing happened with vodka.) When I shook the bottle, the liqui... Read more »


Wonder Wine kit - Anyone try these? While wondering around the internet, I found this 1 gallon wine kit. Anyone try these before? At $3.25 for a gallon, it's a little more than a 6 ... Read more »


Copper tubing technique for H2S

Dear All I know that a lot of people recommend the copper tubing technique for H2S. Is there any problem in using this technique if there is only extremley small amounts of H2S. I think there are ti... Read more »