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Forum: Mead 10-05-2013, 09:00 PM
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Posted By springmom
Last year's attempt didn't work out well....

Last year's attempt didn't work out well. Something nasty, green, and disagreeable grew in it at some point (ew). This year I'm going to do a few things differently: using a whole nutmeg, cinnamon...
Forum: Mead 10-05-2013, 08:43 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,433
Posted By springmom
Fixing to start a second gallon of this today. ...

Fixing to start a second gallon of this today. I'm considering using one nice big Hatch chili pepper. They have such a nice flavor I'd live to find out how much (if any) difference it'd make.
Forum: Mead Forum 09-16-2013, 03:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 667
Posted By springmom
I got a lovely hibiscus tea from Mountain Rose...

I got a lovely hibiscus tea from Mountain Rose Herbs and made a scrumptious methylene with it. Just bottled it today. Oh. My. Soooooo good
Forum: Mead 09-16-2013, 03:25 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,433
Posted By springmom
I did follow the recipe. I let it sit, racking...

I did follow the recipe. I let it sit, racking occasionally, for almost a year ( started it at the end of September last year). All meads benefit from time. I bottled a traditional mead about as...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-16-2013, 03:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By springmom
You know, I think I'd spice it when serving. Hot...

You know, I think I'd spice it when serving. Hot spiced wine is one of life's true pleasures. If you want to create spiced wine that's spiced in the bottle I'd add the spices in the primary...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-16-2013, 03:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By springmom
Lol!!!! When I tasted it, it tasted awful, but I...

Lol!!!! When I tasted it, it tasted awful, but I hadn't yet filtered it. ( I filter all my wines since I have a nasty allergy to yeast.). At any rate, we got all the rest of the wines bottled and...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-16-2013, 03:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 240
Posted By springmom
A thousand thanks...!

... To all who post here, answer "dumb" newbie questions, etc. This weekend my husband helped me bottle a number of gallons of fruit wine which have been sitting in my wine closet for almost a year....
Forum: Mead 09-15-2013, 04:01 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,433
Posted By springmom
Tonight, this finally got bottled. I let it sit....

Tonight, this finally got bottled. I let it sit. And sit. And sit. And am glad I did because THAT, sir, is heaven in a bottle. My husband doesn't like it, but I'll have to beat my...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-15-2013, 03:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By springmom
Thanks. Found the Braggs at Kroger this evening. ...

Thanks. Found the Braggs at Kroger this evening. I've got several gallons to filter and bottle tomorrow, but once they're safely put to bed, I'll filter the blueberry, then add the Braggs and let it...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-14-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By springmom
Going. To. Scream.

Hey y'all. Been awhile since I've been here. I've done several wines successfully, but the very first one I put up for aging was a blueberry wine. I got it out today to bottle...and saw that the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-01-2013, 05:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 408
Posted By springmom
Seconding saramc. I have a welches white...

Seconding saramc. I have a welches white grape-peach just now bottled and oh my, that's going to be something else for summer consumption. I may make up a gallon and turning into sparkling wine. I...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 01-01-2013, 05:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,497
Posted By springmom
You need to degas the wine. Your LHBS should...

You need to degas the wine. Your LHBS should carry a degas see that you can attach to a drill and then whip the air out. It's an important step in winemaking.

After you do the degassing let the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-18-2012, 03:19 AM
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Posted By springmom
Ho. Ly. Moses. That stuff is gonna be good!!! ...

Ho. Ly. Moses. That stuff is gonna be good!!!

I started my batch on 10/22 and bottled it tonight. Left to my own devices and without referring to the calendar I'd have left it until the end of the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-07-2012, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By springmom
You might take a look at the Texas Twang thread...

You might take a look at the Texas Twang thread over on Meads. I have some of that going. Jury's still out as to how mine will taste, as it's fairly new but the thread might inspire you.
Forum: Mead Forum 11-29-2012, 03:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 945
Posted By springmom
I've not made it, but don't I recall that JOAM is...

I've not made it, but don't I recall that JOAM is made with bread yeast??
Forum: Cider 11-29-2012, 03:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,053
Posted By springmom
I rechecked the SG and there was no fermentation....

I rechecked the SG and there was no fermentation. None. A five gallon bottle of cider and raspberry that's been sitting for a month is a devils brew of bacteria. It went down the drain.

I used...
Forum: Cider 11-28-2012, 03:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,053
Posted By springmom
Sorry for the apparent bump. I conferred with...

Sorry for the apparent bump. I conferred with the hubster who brews beer, and we opted to try simply charging it with a dose of corn sugar after racking it to the bottling bucket. We then put it in...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-28-2012, 12:12 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,407
Posted By springmom
Well...not at this time of year. Not in the...

Well...not at this time of year. Not in the Western hemisphere, anyway.
Forum: Cider 11-28-2012, 12:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,053
Posted By springmom
Well, nuts. My OG was 1.046. Good, but after a...

Well, nuts. My OG was 1.046. Good, but after a month, the FG is 1.030!!! That does not sound good! I used Cotes de Blanc yeast per the OP instructions. The temp was between 72-75, everything...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-22-2012, 03:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,176
Posted By springmom
You turn the bottles so that the cork doesn't dry...

You turn the bottles so that the cork doesn't dry out on one side.
Forum: Cider 11-22-2012, 03:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,053
Posted By springmom
Awesome! Thanks.

Awesome! Thanks.
Forum: Cider 11-21-2012, 03:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,053
Posted By springmom
OK. It's been a month, the lees are impressive,...

OK. It's been a month, the lees are impressive, to say the least, and I'm thinking it's time to do something with this. Did you rack it into a bottling bucket or did you put it into a carboy for...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-20-2012, 02:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,176
Posted By springmom
I'm trying to think if I've ever opened a bottle...

I'm trying to think if I've ever opened a bottle of commercial wine with wax on it. My husband swears he "sees it all the time" but I can only think of a couple of wineries that do.

It won't...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-20-2012, 02:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 607
Posted By springmom
Do NOT use something from the maintenance yard. ...

Do NOT use something from the maintenance yard. You really need a clean, food grade container. Glass carboys will work for your "hooch" or you can get food grade plastic buckets. Unless you unpack...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-18-2012, 01:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 607
Posted By springmom
No. But it probably should be called wine. :-)

No. But it probably should be called wine. :-)
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