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Posted in thread: From Harvest to Port (Muscadine) on 09-05-2013 at 06:00 PM
I would probably just go ahead with your recipe and see how you like it after fermentation. You
can adjust it then if you think it's too high. Also, it gives you a chance to order a test kit
Posted in thread: From Harvest to Port (Muscadine) on 09-04-2013 at 05:13 PM
At 8#s per gallon you might want to check the acid level as muscadines are usually high in
acid. Adjust if necessary.
Posted in thread: From Harvest to Port (Muscadine) on 08-30-2013 at 06:05 PM
Just be selective about the grapes you pick and make sure they are ripe. If you're picking
bronze, the ripe ones will seem to have a translucent skin. If you're picking dark, pick only
the solid purpl...
Posted in thread: Wine filters - Do they oxidise wine? on 01-07-2013 at 07:23 PM
I use the drip system on every batch...so far, so good, but I always treat with K-meta during
filtering. Takes 30-45 minutes to filter 5 gallons. Make sure it's clear before you filter. If
the filter ...
Posted in thread: How Many Bottle per year on 12-31-2012 at 03:38 PM
My first year was 2011, with 23 gallons. This year I'm at 74. I experimented with lots of
country wines this year to determine what I like, so I'm guessing about 50 gallons in 2013
since there some I ...
Posted in thread: Bottling tips... on 12-31-2012 at 03:33 PM
I always filter first, add 1/4 tsp k-meta while it's filtering, then bottle immediately. I take
1/2 cup sanitizing solution and a funnel and pour the solution from one bottle to the next,
Posted in thread: Backsweetening a second time on 12-10-2012 at 01:51 PM
A couple of months ago I sweetened a fermented batch of blackberry wine, after the usual
addition of K-meta and sorbate. After another tasting I've decided to sweeten it a little more.
Do I need to ad...
Posted in thread: Whats your favorite kit? on 10-25-2012 at 04:59 PM
In the same low price range I like their Bergamais, while several friends prefer their Blush.
Posted in thread: How to prepare corks for bottling? on 10-17-2012 at 03:58 PM
I put mine in a steaming basket over about 1/2 cup of K-meta solution in a pot. Put the lid on
and let them bathe in fumes only for about 1/2 hour. No heat. So far so good!
Posted in thread: How to wine kit? on 08-31-2012 at 04:01 PM
My only experience has been with WineExpert kits, and the directions are fairly
straightforward. It sounds like you have the basic equipment you need, and the kit will come
with all the juice and chem...