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  • Made a little beer as a kid without much success.rnrnMade wine from kits as a young adult, some was OK.rnrnThen had a go at making wine from my own grapes. Some was good.rnrnHave not done anything like that since the late eighties though.rnrnBeen making beer and wine from kits for a little over a year now.
  • Will wander down to the local homebrew shops and see what wine kits they hav and choose one or two.rnrnFor beer, I have settled on a Czech Pilsner style.
  • Czech Pilsner style beerrnPinot Noir wine kit
  • Kenridge Cab Sav kit
  • Czech Pilsner beerrnAn assortment of red wines from kits: Cab Savs, Merlots, CabSav/Merlot blends, Pinot Noir, Chianti
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  • Posted in thread: Yeast coming out of my airlock - spoiled brew? on 09-01-2013 at 07:23 AM
    The barrel only has a facility for a single airlock. I have been using four of these for two
    years now, pretty well all busy all the time and this is the first time that I have had this
    problem.I bott...

  • Posted in thread: Yeast coming out of my airlock - spoiled brew? on 08-31-2013 at 10:08 PM
    I started a brew a few weeks ago. I used a commercial extract in a tin (Coopers Aussie Lager)
    and a #62 Czech Pilsner enhancer and some 1118 yeast and low carb enzyme.I have made this
    recipe many many...

  • Posted in thread: label software on 12-26-2012 at 06:44 PM
    I use glabels. It is not fancy but I can set it up to print 30 labels on an a4 sheet. I only
    use the labels to id the bottles and not to impress and it is good enough for that.

  • Posted in thread: Cleaning a fermenter??? on 12-26-2012 at 06:42 PM
    I buy a purple powder cleaning compound from my local hbs. I clean my buckets and barrels by
    putting a couple of teaspoons of the powder in, filling with hot water and leaving overnight.
    That seems to...

  • Posted in thread: LHBS Stuff on 11-11-2012 at 06:43 PM
    There are a few things that I do not like about my local shops so I will offer those to you as
    things to avoid:1) Scuffed, dusty wine kits. If it looks as though it has been lost in the
    store room for...

  • Posted in thread: Explosive Fermentation on 11-07-2012 at 09:03 AM
    What vessel were you using for the primary? I use 30 litre vessels for my 23 litre (6 US gal)
    primaries and however strong the fermentation, there never seems to be any risk of the airlocks
    not coping...

  • Posted in thread: Looking for a good cab-sav/merlot wine kit on 11-07-2012 at 08:51 AM
    I have been making wine from kits for a little over a year. I have tried almost a dozen
    commercial grape juice concentrate kits.The best so far, without a doubt, was a Heron Bay
    Chilean CabSav/Merlot ...

  • Posted in thread: Syphoning on the level or even uphill on 12-28-2011 at 05:27 AM
    I just push mine out with CO2... problem solved and much less equipment.But how would you push
    out of a fermentation bucket or barrel?

  • Posted in thread: Syphoning on the level or even uphill on 12-28-2011 at 04:51 AM
    I'd advise not using pressure or suction on glass. Tiny micro-fractures will cause these to
    break with the addition of heat/ cold and pressure/ suction.The level of suction in the carboy
    is equivalent...

  • Posted in thread: Syphoning on the level or even uphill on 12-28-2011 at 04:40 AM
    Are you saying that you put your MOUTH on the tube? Yeah, but the tube that I suck on is only
    ever carrying water from the carboy that is generating the suction, it is never in contact with
    the brew.

Primary: Selection Pinot Noir kit, Two batches of Czech Pilsner beer. Secondary: Kenridge Cab Sav Bottled: Czech Pilsner and an assormtnet of red wine kits