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Old 04-22-2007, 02:56 AM   #1
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Why the hell is that damn bag with the cap on it so friggin hard to open? When I finally popped the top off - BOOOOSHGE!!! All over the wall and staircase. Good thing it was just the steps to our unfinished basement.

It's been a busy day. Didn't brew, but I racked my cream ale (which is going to taste awesome) and got two corny's cleaned out and ready to fill. I think my blueberry melomel might go in one, unless I just decide to bottle it instead of letting it sit in a secondary.

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Old 04-22-2007, 03:05 AM   #2
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I almost had the same problem with mine. You think someone would figure out that you have to pull so hard on the cap that when it does let go it's liable to go everywhere.

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Old 04-22-2007, 04:31 AM   #3
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Its a Gimmick to sell you the special tool to take the cap off without sending it everywhere..

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Old 04-22-2007, 01:43 PM   #4
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All you have to do is to grip the neck with both hands and use your thumbs to flick the top off.

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Old 04-23-2007, 01:06 PM   #5
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I just used a large channel-lock pliers, came off easy. We don't need no stinkin' special tools!

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The temps got up to 80 in my house on Sunday b/c my AC is on the fritz. It's only one day, shouldn't injur fermentation too badly, right?

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Right. Wine is pretty forgiving of high temperatures and you should be fine!

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Cool. It's not like the wine hit 80 (I think), it's that the temp in the main level did. The wine is in the basement stairwell, and the basement stays a nice

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I have a fiasco winemaking question, maybe one of you can help. I did a kit wine, sauv blanc. It finished its primary and has been in carboy for about 2 weeks now. Instructions say that after about 10 days if the SG is below 0.996 and holds steady for two days, it is time to add the fining agent (isinglass) and the potassium sorbate, and to degass the wine. I would rather not take an SG reading two times, I figure the less I handle the wine the less chance for infection, etc. I still see a small bubble gassing out of the airlock about every 20-30 seconds. I'm thinking I might wait until the gassing has stopped altogether, then just take one SG reading. Am I making a mistake? By letting it continue to ferment (I assume it is since it is still bubbling out of the airlock) am I going to end up having a wine that is too dry for its style? Advice here would be a huge help, this is my first batch of wine.

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Mine's been fermenting for about a week now and still getting bubbles. And MMAAAANNNNN does it stink.

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