Best Rated Winemaking Craft Forum

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Stavin Beans
How many times can these be used? I bought some french oak beans and was going to use them soon. Can they only be used once? Should they be treated before being put in? I saw one site recommend...
13 years ago 2
 
Dissolving bentonite
I've been experimenting with using bentonite to clarify. I've been trying to add it with the must before pitching the yeast. Adding it as it's packaged causes it just to settle to the bottom rig...
13 years ago 6
 
specific gravity to alcohol - hydrometer readings scare me.
Hi. Another new-bie question. Hydrometers scare me. :*) I have a wine kit. Selection Pinot Noir. Primary fermenation begin I had 1.095 on my hydrometer. That was 8/26. 9/3 I racked to carboy, and ...
13 years ago 9
 
Orange Muscat Haze Update
After the addition of lysozyme, the wine cleared beautifully. I then stirred the lees (containing bentonite from my original fining attempt), and again, the wine cleared. It is now a gorgeous, shimm...
14 years ago
 
I think my mead is going bad
I put on 3 gallons of mead last Sunday. 9lb of honey, some sugar to bring the SG up to 1100 Until a few days ago it seemed to be going fine, the SG was dropping steadily and I was hoping to have it...
14 years ago 9
 
Recently bought a pump
I recently bought myself a pump to use for my winemaking and brewing. It's mainly because I'm lazy and I'm sick of doing the siphoning thing. ;-) You can also use filters in it, and while I don't ...
11 years ago 4
 
Can a Bad wine turn Good??
So back in '09 I had lost 45 gallons of cab sav due to some sort of contami nation, I believe. No one could tell me what it was, but it tasted, simply , bad. Not drinkable. I know it was contamin...
6 years ago 3
 
wine making tools, got to go, 'yard sale'
Hi, I started out about 3 or 4 years ago taking up a hobby I had as a late teen early 20s: wine making. Well I have done most of what I wanted to do, and I am now on a medicine that does not work w...
11 years ago
 
Favorite Wine/Mead Recipes
What are some of your favorite wine and mead recipes? Have you had any experiments that got rave reviews? The one thing I've made that everyone seems to like is an Acer mead made with: - 1qt Gra...
11 years ago 2
 
Chilean grape juice
Some time ago someone wrote about buying 5-gals of Chilean Grape juice for $50. There is a vinyard that sells it, but it is out of season. What I'd like to know has the juice been mixed with wa...
11 years ago 4
 
Calculating tartaric and sugar additions at Crush to red wine..
Calculating additions at crush have always been a bit problematic for me. Never seem to come out right. So usually put half calc'd amount of Tartaric acid in for example and then check affect the n...
12 years ago 1
 
oil painting business
our company are specialized in reproductions of oil painting business.mainly produce and export the oil painting to North American, West Europe and mid east.We can almost copy any painting,to any ...
13 years ago
 
wine to long in primary
I started a wine a month ago but got really busy and forgot about it. I got married in may, so with the marriage and honeymoon I managed neglected a 6 gallon batch of wine. This was a kit wine. S...
14 years ago 10
 
Huckleberry wine
Anybody make this? Is it any good?
14 years ago 6
 
Question about "topping up"
As some of you may now know, I'm in the first week of making 5 gallons of blueberry wine from oregon puree. This weekend, I will do my first racking process. My question is, when I "top up", should ...
14 years ago 6
 
Staggered fermentation
Has anyone ever tried doing a staggered fermentation for lack of a better term. For example crush a bushel of grapes, pitch in the starter yeast, next day add another crushed bushel and so on until ...
11 years ago 1
 
Software for Homebrew/Winemaking Shop
Hi all, I'm in the process of setting up a PC to put in the local homebrew/winemaking shop, so folks can formulate recipes, look at other customers' recipes, etc in the store. I'm a beer brewer,...
12 years ago 1
 
Oak Chips - how long is enough?
I know there are recommendations on the package for adding oak chips but I had a question. If I put the recommended 6 oz in a 15 gal demijohn, the recommended time is 4-8 weeks. If I go longer, wi...
12 years ago 2
 
Stabilizing & Clearing wine
I have a question about clearing my wine...When I checked my specific gravity, prior to stabilizing, there were no air bubbles for several days and the sp gr. reading was at the lowest possible poin...
14 years ago 8
 
Re: Nix the 'shrooms, we need another M for the evil list
Why do you speak of things you know nothing about as if you had done a ten year study on the subject. It is natural for people to condemn what you do not understand. But you will make no effort ...
12 years ago