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Forum: Wine 05-21-2011, 02:36 PM
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Posted By deb_rn
Bulk aging is always preferable.... as long as...

Bulk aging is always preferable.... as long as you don't need the carboy!! I try to age all my country wines 9-12 months in bulk, then bottle.

Debbie
Forum: Wine 05-13-2011, 09:57 PM
Replies: 145
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Posted By deb_rn
It's really easier and less time consuming to...

It's really easier and less time consuming to process them right in the field. Pick, grab and twist the yellow, toss the stem and green over your back. They tend to close up once picked and take...
Forum: Wine 05-12-2011, 10:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,008
Posted By deb_rn
It's about a quart of loosely packed flowers......

It's about a quart of loosely packed flowers... per gallon.
If you see a white dandelion, it probably isn't a dandelion. NEVER use flowers that aren't 100% identifiable as edible.

Debbie
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-12-2011, 10:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,163
Posted By deb_rn
In the original recipe it was far more!!! As you...

In the original recipe it was far more!!! As you notice, it's only in there a few days during fermentation. During aging, you could add more if needed, but it will overpower if left too long!
...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-11-2011, 12:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,163
Posted By deb_rn
Spiced Rhubarb Wine

Here is the requested recipe.

1 Gallon

5lb rhubarb
6 pts water
2.5# sugar
1/2 oz precipitated chalk (calcium carbonate)- needed to decrease acid and allow the yeast to multiply
1/4tsp...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-12-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 38,171
Posted By deb_rn
I believe the original recipe has 2 paths... one...

I believe the original recipe has 2 paths... one for fast clearing and one to clear naturally.

Those comments on the website have been there a while. Skeeter Pee has been around a while, and now,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-11-2011, 09:59 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 38,171
Posted By deb_rn
IF you have never aged Skeeter Pee... how can you...

IF you have never aged Skeeter Pee... how can you say it doesn't improve with age?

I HAVE aged some... for 15 months... and it keeps changing, just like any wine. I like the way it changes with...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-08-2011, 02:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,276
Posted By deb_rn
I didn't take time to read it. ReaLemon may be...

I didn't take time to read it. ReaLemon may be about the same... I never read that either!

I usually get mine from Aldi's.

Debbie
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-07-2011, 09:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,276
Posted By deb_rn
I just saw lemon juice at the dollar store......

I just saw lemon juice at the dollar store... for, guess what??

$1!!!!

Why didn't I think of that before? I don't usually GO to the dollar store!

Debbie
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-31-2011, 09:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,695
Posted By deb_rn
You can make a new starter... once it is...

You can make a new starter... once it is roaring... feed it a cup of your wine every hour or so... get it used to the environment... when a bunch of it is roaring along... pitch the whole thing in...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-31-2011, 09:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,029
Posted By deb_rn
I'm in Wisconsin... it says that under our names....

I'm in Wisconsin... it says that under our names.

Debbie
Forum: Mead Forum 03-29-2011, 10:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,029
Posted By deb_rn
I pick my honey up from the source. It's about...

I pick my honey up from the source. It's about 12 miles from my house! I just take the bucket in for refills and save the cost of the bucket over and over.
Shipping from anywhere is just so...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-29-2011, 12:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 926
Posted By deb_rn
Even Ancient Orange needs a lot of time to...

Even Ancient Orange needs a lot of time to settle.
I would go with wine as a first try and not mead... that's just me. Mead needs a little more tending and time than wine.

Try a quick wine from...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-28-2011, 10:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,029
Posted By deb_rn
Yipes, I looked up the prices on that web site!!!...

Yipes, I looked up the prices on that web site!!! I pay $107 for 60# (5 gal) of honey, and they charge $240!!! The Mead kits have nothing in them but yeast and something to flavor. For a 1 gal...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-27-2011, 01:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,478
Posted By deb_rn
I didn't use honey for my first try, but here is...

I didn't use honey for my first try, but here is how I PICKED the flowers....

Sit on the ground with your legs out in front of you in a "V". Get your handy ice cream bucket. Pull off blossom...
Forum: Mead Forum 03-26-2011, 05:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,078
Posted By deb_rn
Warming that up would help too. 60 degrees is...

Warming that up would help too. 60 degrees is pretty cool!

Debbie
Forum: Mead Forum 03-26-2011, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,461
Posted By deb_rn
Mead is not typically ready to bottle at 3...

Mead is not typically ready to bottle at 3 months. It likes to take it's time finishing and is often bottled at the 1 yr mark. It doesn't ferment in quite the same way as wine, which can finish in...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-26-2011, 02:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,695
Posted By deb_rn
Blueberry is known to cause stuck fermentations. ...

Blueberry is known to cause stuck fermentations. Is it warm enough?

Debbie
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-26-2011, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Posted By deb_rn
Blueberry can be tough to ferment.... keep it...

Blueberry can be tough to ferment.... keep it stirred a couple times a day. Do you know the Ph?? It might not be in a "happy zone".
Is there yeast nutrient in there yet?
Definitely keep this one...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-26-2011, 01:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,388
Posted By deb_rn
I had some wine made from Niagara grapes......

I had some wine made from Niagara grapes... backsweetened with 2 cans of limeaid to a 5gal carboy.... MAN... that is good. He didn't rack off the limeaid solids and it's a bit like a margarita!! ...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-23-2011, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,589
Posted By deb_rn
If you have no experience, I wouldn't start with...

If you have no experience, I wouldn't start with grapes.
Try a frozen concentrate wine... like Welch's white grape/peach or white grape/raspberry... both are good and fairly early drinkers.

You...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-20-2011, 06:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,808
Posted By deb_rn
OH What fun!! Debbie

OH What fun!!

Debbie
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-20-2011, 06:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 579
Posted By deb_rn
Stained is a sign of good, hard use... it wears...

Stained is a sign of good, hard use... it wears off a bit as you go...

Debbie
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-20-2011, 02:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,965
Posted By deb_rn
THAT is a cool option... gets me thinkin'. ...

THAT is a cool option... gets me thinkin'.

Debbie
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-19-2011, 03:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,276
Posted By deb_rn
AND... as Lon always says... If you don't...

AND... as Lon always says...

If you don't follow the directions and something goes wrong... don't be surprised!!

Debbie
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