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Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-17-2014, 12:55 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
How long to degas in carboy?

My Shiraz has been sitting in the carboy for 2 months now and there's a thin layer of lees on the bottom. It's time to rack it off the lees. I used a drill initially to do some degassing but I...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-11-2014, 01:41 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
You're probably right. I'll be able to make due...

You're probably right. I'll be able to make due with a 3 gallon carboy bc there's a lot of lees with strawberry wine. How much longer can I wait until I rack it to a smaller carboy? Or should I do...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-11-2014, 12:53 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
Too much head space?

I'm brewing a batch of strawberry wine and just transferred from the bucket to carboy on day six. I wanted to get it In the carboy while it was still pretty active because I'm concerned about my...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-10-2014, 12:16 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Jacktar
Will do. Thanks Doc. Sent from my iPhone...

Will do. Thanks Doc.


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Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-08-2014, 04:53 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
This is the one: ...

This is the one: http://www.winebeerkits.com/Gew159rztraminer-Riesling-Yakima-Valley.html


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Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-08-2014, 01:11 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
Do these flavour packs just include sugars or...

Do these flavour packs just include sugars or would I be losing flavour too? I like dry, but but I don't want to lose flavour.


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Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-07-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Jacktar
Flavour Pack?

I'm currently brewing a Riesling gerwurtztraminer kit. It was an expensive Cellar Craft kit that came with a small bottle of additive to put in after one of the rackings. The guy at the HBS said...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-25-2014, 04:17 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
Thanks Yooper. Do you have a ballpark for the...

Thanks Yooper. Do you have a ballpark for the oak cubes? Can you perhaps tell me how long you've kept them in for if you've ever used them?

My wine is a Syrah. How long would you recommend I...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-25-2014, 01:54 AM
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Posted By Jacktar
Bulk Aging Questions

Newbie wine maker with a few questions.

1. Should i keep my oak cubes in the carboy as i bulk age, or just the 12 days recommended in the 6 week instructions?

2. Also, if I intend to age in...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-11-2014, 01:49 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Jacktar
Yes. I have a premium kit with skins. Off to...

Yes. I have a premium kit with skins. Off to stir my wine. Thanks folks.


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Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-11-2014, 12:51 AM
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Posted By Jacktar
Stir My Wine?

Wine kit instructions say to stir my wine in the primary everyday for the first 10!days. Won't this oxidize my wine?


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Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-05-2014, 11:57 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
Ok, so I'll use an airlock and make sure it...

Ok, so I'll use an airlock and make sure it doesn't go dry. So I add at least 1.5 tap of metabisulfate. Should I add more? What happens if you add too much?

How about degassing? Do I whip it...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-05-2014, 12:43 AM
Replies: 7
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Posted By Jacktar
Bulk Aging

I've made some cheapy Costco wine kits before and I was happy them, but they lacked body. I recently bought a Cellar Craft Showcase which cost about 4 times more than the Costco kit. I'm thinking...
Forum: General Beer Discussion 05-04-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Jacktar
+1OBK. I buy everything from them. I've bought...

+1OBK. I buy everything from them. I've bought 3kegs plus taps too.


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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2014, 02:39 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
That's not what I wanted to hear, but you may be...

That's not what I wanted to hear, but you may be right.


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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 05-03-2014, 11:55 AM
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Posted By Jacktar
Adding water to keg?

I legged my IPA last night and I ended up with an ABV of 6.9. This I way too high. Can/should I just add a few liters of water to my keg to bring this down? I think I boiled too much water off...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-24-2014, 09:56 AM
Replies: 10
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Posted By Jacktar
Yooper has gotten to the heart of my question. I...

Yooper has gotten to the heart of my question. I was wondering if my wort had finished up initial fermentation quickly because of these long links. I did mash at a pretty high temp, 156-58, so...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2014, 12:48 AM
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Posted By Jacktar
I usually use us05 and it normally takes much...

I usually use us05 and it normally takes much longer than this. I'm curious to see how dry this beer will go.


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Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-23-2014, 12:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 441
Posted By Jacktar
Do non-fermentables contribute to gravity?

Brewed an AG stout using s04 yeast. OG: 1054. It's only been 3days and the krausen has dropped and bubbling has slowed waaaaay down. Is this just the character of the yeast burning through my...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-15-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Jacktar
I used a lid from a pot as a false bottom. Took...

I used a lid from a pot as a false bottom. Took about 1/2h to get up to temp. I was doing it in my garage with the door open an it was just above freezing.

What's the advantage of heating...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 04-15-2014, 02:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 169
Posted By Jacktar
Feedback Request

I need some feedback on my BIAB process. I did my first and only one 10 days ago using this method and I plan to do another this weekend. It was an American IPA.

I put 10lbs of 2 row + 1 lbs of...
Forum: Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 01-04-2014, 06:20 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
Turkey fryer basket

Does anyone know if there's room to put the basket that comes with a turkey fryer in a kettle that has a temperature probe? I'd like to try my hand at BIAB and I think the basket would make this...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-10-2013, 01:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,139
Posted By Jacktar
It's ready. No gravity change in 6 weeks.

It's ready. No gravity change in 6 weeks.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-09-2013, 11:13 PM
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Posted By Jacktar
Thanks guys. Into the bottles it will go.

Thanks guys. Into the bottles it will go.
Forum: Mead Forum 12-08-2013, 10:16 PM
Replies: 13
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Posted By Jacktar
Here're some pics.

Here're some pics.
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