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Old 12-12-2013, 10:37 PM   #11
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Oversized carboy (at least 30% over) or a bucket for primary fermentation. If I do a six gallons batch, I fill to 4 gallons and top up 1/2 gallon every week until it's full. Or you can top up when you rack to glass for secondary.

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Old 12-17-2013, 12:06 AM   #12
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Well racked off of raisins and into a fresh sterile carboy. Had a little taste and man it's a potent alcohol taste right now lol. I do however get hints of carrot. Gravity is sitting around 1.015 currently. I will let it go dry and back sweeten to taste. I will also play with some extracts if not to my liking when done.

1 question though. Is this to much headspace?

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Old 12-17-2013, 02:22 AM   #13
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That's appropriate for primary. After that, you will want to top up provided the foam is not prohibiting it. As long as it's not past the first month of ferment and first racking, it will be just fine without topping up. Is your ferment producing many small, fine bubbles or developing large bubbles and building a foam head?

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Old 12-17-2013, 04:20 PM   #14
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Not much foam as of yet. Still fermenting a bit but nearing the end as the airlock is bubbling slowly.

What would you top off with? Water? White wine? I don't really wanna diminish the taste to much.

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Old 12-17-2013, 04:47 PM   #15
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Not much foam as of yet. Still fermenting a bit but nearing the end as the airlock is bubbling slowly.

What would you top off with? Water? White wine? I don't really wanna diminish the taste to much.
You can rack to a smaller container if you don't want to dilute it. Sometimes people add glass marbles to reduce headspace, but you'd have to add a billion marbles with that much headspace so a smaller vessel would be better.
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Old 03-01-2014, 08:15 PM   #16
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Well there hasn't been much to report. After only a few rankings this wine was crystal clear and sediment free. It does have a bit of a hot taste to it, but hopefully age will cure that. I did back sweeten this to about 1.01 and add in some spice extract along with a cake extract and a hint of vanilla. This stuff turned out crazy good. imageuploadedbyhome-brew1393708475.508448.jpgimageuploadedbyhome-brew1393708490.306616.jpg


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Old 03-13-2014, 05:27 PM   #17
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Looks amazing!!
What do you mean by "spice extract" and "cake extract"?

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