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Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-06-2014, 07:52 AM
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Posted By shhh
Good luck Podz, the second time around on a...

Good luck Podz, the second time around on a recipe is always easier and in my opinion come out better.
Let us know some things you did the same and other that you did different.

I'll be starting...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-05-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 926
Posted By shhh
@ JagerbombZ: In the 4th sentence it says the OP...

@ JagerbombZ: In the 4th sentence it says the OP picked 106 pounds of strawberries.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-31-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 579
Posted By shhh
This may not help but, you should call the larger...

This may not help but, you should call the larger places that sell beer you may get lucky and they have a section dedicated to home brewing.

I was driving 20-30 minutes to a HB store then I found...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-18-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 513
Posted By shhh
Have you taken a Hydrometer reading since it went...

Have you taken a Hydrometer reading since it went to 2ndary? May still be fermenting, especially with EC 1118.
No lees in the 10 days, is it clear?

I usually do my first racking anywhere between...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-11-2014, 01:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 655
Posted By shhh
Taurii, I think the recipe the OP is speaking of...

Taurii, I think the recipe the OP is speaking of is from Terry Garey's book. The 'Victory Blackberry' was the recipe name she used.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-08-2014, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 639
Posted By shhh
Why not make a gallon? It's just shy of 4 liters....

Why not make a gallon? It's just shy of 4 liters.
How many pounds of grapes do you have? If you have wine grapes, you need something like18 pounds of them to make a gallon.
If you have table...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-06-2014, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 998
Posted By shhh
Those concentrates contain acid already , so...

Those concentrates contain acid already , so don't add acid blend to them. You can try to add some tannin to it to even it out or,
When it's time to rack them, top off with water or hit it up with a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 02-05-2014, 07:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By shhh
Back in mid January I put together a smaller...

Back in mid January I put together a smaller batch based on the original post.
I used 5 lbs. of blueberries.
20 oz. Merlot concentrate.
2 lbs. sugar.
Water to make 1.5 gallons.
1/4 Tsp. Acid...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-10-2014, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By shhh
So any ideas about using a white grape...

So any ideas about using a white grape concentrate as a source of sugar and body for lighter fruit wines? Example: peach, apple, strawberry. Then vice versa for red grape concentrate on more...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-08-2014, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By shhh
Thanks WVMJ for some ideas. After reading your...

Thanks WVMJ for some ideas. After reading your post I looked around a Brew Supply site and I'm not exactly sure of how much of the items (Concentrates, Fruit Base) would be needed to get my desired...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-03-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By shhh
The 7 gal. was to make sure the first racking...

The 7 gal. was to make sure the first racking made it into the 6 gal. As for the yeast I have been using
Cote des Blancs lately.
I purposely left out some quantities such as acid blend, tannin,...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-03-2014, 04:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By shhh
Is this Recipe Plausible?

A friend of mine gave me a recipe he heard at a Home Brew Club.
Its to be a red wine.

This recipe is for 7 gallons:

28 lbs. Blueberries
46 oz. Grape wine concentrate (Alexander's Wine...
Forum: Mead Forum 12-08-2012, 08:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By shhh
Rack when the fermentation has stopped...by doing...

Rack when the fermentation has stopped...by doing a gravity check. Transfer into another vessel.

Checking gravity is when you use your hydrometer in a sample of product.
You already said you used...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-20-2012, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By shhh
What yeast did u use ? What u need to do is just...

What yeast did u use ? What u need to do is just let that sucker ride it out , 3 wks is a blink of the eye in Mead world. You most likely started with a gravity of ~ 1.120 so 1.050 means ur still...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2012, 10:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 473
Posted By shhh
Most likely since it was such a high gravity...

Most likely since it was such a high gravity 1.148 . Thats nearly 20% potential alcohol, if you make it to 1.000. D-47 claims 14 % potential. Which in theory would of dropped to 1.040.

Maybe...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-19-2012, 09:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,257
Posted By shhh
I don't have the best expierence but by what you...

I don't have the best expierence but by what you have written , 500 g honey to 4.5 L water should have an approx: SG of 1.035 (according to -calculaters) So i bet we are going to see the best...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-14-2012, 06:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 696
Posted By shhh
Right , so a double dose is needed... thank...

Right , so a double dose is needed... thank you... only answers i got were from the cider links.

Exactley what I want to do is add fruit after ferman. After I stabalize , and rack.

Yes , I...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-14-2012, 01:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 696
Posted By shhh
Can Pectin Be Used In 2ndary W/Fruit Addition?

I'm having a hell of a time finding the answer in search.

Say I made a traditional mead ( no fruit , just honey , yeast , water ) and wanted to add fruit to my secondary.

Now all reports ( that...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-12-2012, 11:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 793
Posted By shhh
I did a JAOM i nspired mead and it had a ton of...

I did a JAOM i nspired mead and it had a ton of lees as well. I agree with Arpolis and "carefull consideration" must be taken when trying to bottle.

I had to rack mine because I dropped the end...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-06-2012, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 721
Posted By shhh
Ok thank you. I think I'de feel more comfortable...

Ok thank you. I think I'de feel more comfortable using them since its already part of my S.O.P. Since no ill effects are to be had , no harm no foul.

I like the idea of the extra insurance.
Forum: Mead Forum 11-06-2012, 11:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 721
Posted By shhh
Why Not To Use Campden Tablets In JAOM?

Ok , so I use Campden tablets and Potassium Sorbate when I rack my "regular" meads. Both for stabilzing and for protection from bacteria growth.

But for JAOM:

P. Sorbate may not be necessary...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-01-2012, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By shhh
"Punching down the cap" search produced a ton of...

"Punching down the cap" search produced a ton of information, with people asking same question.
I guess there is some terminology I need to learn , thank you both for your replies.

I've only...
Forum: Mead Forum 11-01-2012, 02:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By shhh
Pureed Fruit Question

Hi all, I have started a few Meads and have been using them as a reference for each follow up Mead. Thing is I have never(until now) used pureed fruit , just whole/crushed fruit. All these have been...
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