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Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-12-2014, 03:26 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By DougBrown
I got a good ferment going in the beginning (both...

I got a good ferment going in the beginning (both times) and I did raise the pH (to 3.8) so I think I did everything right. I don't think it's actually 'stuck' but the slowness puzzles me. I've made...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-11-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By DougBrown
slow blueberry ferment

My blueberry wine has been underway now for 3 months and the SG is now only 1.030 (it has come down from an OG of 1.090). I'm a very experienced fruit wine maker - hundreds of batches over time - and...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-08-2013, 02:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 960
Posted By DougBrown
I'd like to maximize the juice output of the...

I'd like to maximize the juice output of the apples but, more importantly, maximize the quality of the cider. Do you think one or two weeks at autumn temperatures is 'pushing it'? Would you press...
Forum: Cider Forum 09-07-2013, 04:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 960
Posted By DougBrown
"sweating" apples

I get mixed opinions as to whether or not to sweat apples (let them sit for a week or two before pressing them). Some folks say 'yes' and others say either 'no' or '2 days maximum.' I am new at this...
Forum: Equipment/Sanitation 06-05-2013, 04:50 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 296
Posted By DougBrown
need help with carbonator

I have acquired an older model Simgo brand venturi type carbonator. It seems pretty straightforward -- beer in, CO2 in, carbonated beer out -- but the advice of the person I got it from (who I know...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-27-2013, 04:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By DougBrown
Thanks! Can't see the throat but I'll pursue it.

Thanks! Can't see the throat but I'll pursue it.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-26-2013, 03:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By DougBrown
Both (well, three) suggestions sound good. I'll...

Both (well, three) suggestions sound good. I'll check them out. Thanks!
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-25-2013, 03:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By DougBrown
looking for small berry crusher

Our group does a lot of berry wine each year and we're going crazy crushing blueberries and black currants (we usually do a few hundred pounds of each). We'd like to find a hand-crank type of crusher...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-12-2012, 04:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 465
Posted By DougBrown
Thanks!

Thanks!
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-10-2012, 04:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 465
Posted By DougBrown
Disacidificante Bianco Neve?

Has anybody heard of this product? It's supposed to reduce acid in wine. When I Google it all I get is a safety sheet. The source I usually get potassium bicarbonate from raves about this stuff. ???
Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-25-2012, 04:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,088
Posted By DougBrown
pH for fruit wines?

I'd like some guidelines for pH in fruit wines. I tried Googling but didn't get what I wanted. The closest I've come is a general statement that a range of 3.4 to 3.6 is good. I'm about to start a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-22-2012, 04:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,565
Posted By DougBrown
yes, I have been in touch with RJS several times...

yes, I have been in touch with RJS several times about this. They deny it's their product at fault. Sigh...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-21-2012, 03:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,565
Posted By DougBrown
I should have mentioned this when I submitted my...

I should have mentioned this when I submitted my message but I'm using wine kits, not fresh fruit. I've been making wine kits from RJSpagnols (their 6 week Cellar Classic and Cru Select wines) for...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-20-2012, 04:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,565
Posted By DougBrown
need opinion on pectic enzyme

A very experienced winemaker friend of mine says that if I put 3/4 tsp. of pectic enzyme into my wine when I transferring it from the primary to the secondary it will clear faster and better. Hmmm......
Forum: Cider Forum 03-21-2012, 04:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By DougBrown
Thanks Greg. Big help.

Thanks Greg. Big help.
Forum: Cider Forum 03-21-2012, 03:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By DougBrown
I'm not aware of the cider workshop. Is it part...

I'm not aware of the cider workshop. Is it part of this site? The rack and cloth is 75psi and I'm sure the hydropress is much lower than that. Another group in our area has the medium hydropress that...
Forum: Cider Forum 03-20-2012, 03:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By DougBrown
We have a hydropress now that we use for...

We have a hydropress now that we use for blackberries and raspberries mostly. It works well but doesn't have enough psi for apples.
Forum: Cider Forum 03-19-2012, 04:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,332
Posted By DougBrown
Really BIG apple press?

Does anyone have any experience with the X-1 press by Goodnature? We are a large wine club (more like a co-op) and we want to get a big, powered apple press. The typical frame & cloth presses are too...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-26-2011, 03:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By DougBrown
Santa Cruz cider is not refrigerated. I wonder...

Santa Cruz cider is not refrigerated. I wonder what they do...
Forum: Cider Forum 10-26-2011, 03:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By DougBrown
I also add yeast nutrient and pectic enzyme; I...

I also add yeast nutrient and pectic enzyme; I sulphite the apple juice first. The yeast I use is EC-1118.
Forum: Cider Forum 10-25-2011, 03:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By DougBrown
Non-alcoholic cider?

Each fall I help friends make apple cider. They supply the apples, I supply the knowledge and away we go. I have someone in the group who wants us to make a non-alcoholic cider for friends of his who...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 08-29-2011, 04:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 331
Posted By DougBrown
Quantity of fruit for wine?

Most of the recipes I have for various fruit wines seem to be low in the quantity of fruit they specify. For instance, I'm looking at a blackberry recipe that says 20lbs. for a 5 gallon batch. I...
Forum: Mead Forum 07-29-2011, 04:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,714
Posted By DougBrown
Thanks folks. I think I'll try the fresh chilies...

Thanks folks. I think I'll try the fresh chilies and just be careful.
Forum: Mead Forum 07-27-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,714
Posted By DougBrown
Need chili pepper mead help

I've been making chili pepper mead for quite some time. I never had luck with fermenting the chilies at the beginning so I've been adding it at the end with good results -- i.e. I'm pleased with the...
Forum: Cider Forum 05-21-2011, 03:56 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,280
Posted By DougBrown
apple press pressure?

I'm building a plate-type cider press and the plans call for a bottle jack as a source of pressure. I have access to free (used) hydraulic equipment and would like my press to be powered (rather than...
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