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Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-04-2014, 06:20 PM
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Posted By dstelley
How to add alcohol before bottling.

Hello

I have several different carboys of wine in various stages, but I have 2 I'd like advice with.

First one is a California Muscato from a kit that has cleared up nicely and is ready for...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-22-2013, 08:55 PM
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Posted By dstelley
that's kind of what I was looking for. Its long...

that's kind of what I was looking for. Its long done with fermentation, just aging. I'll rack it around the 2 week of January and again the end of Feb. At that point I'll stick it in the garage while...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-21-2013, 07:35 PM
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Posted By dstelley
Water reads 1.00 I have several batches going...

Water reads 1.00
I have several batches going in different stages. Mostly red wines. This is my first attempt using fresh cider.
Its not the hydrometer.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-20-2013, 07:21 PM
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Posted By dstelley
In my notes I didn't write down the name of the...

In my notes I didn't write down the name of the cider. Should have. I highly suspect that the producers added sorbate or something in the process and it wasn't on the label. Next year if I do apples...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-20-2013, 07:08 PM
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Posted By dstelley
Oh yeah, the original Hydrometer was 1.080 now...

Oh yeah, the original Hydrometer was 1.080 now its down to 1.050. about 4% alcohol for 8 yeasts...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-20-2013, 06:51 PM
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Posted By dstelley
question about apple wine from cider progress

I'll make this short but this batch had been giving me problems from the git go.

6 gallon cider to wine is the goal.

The cider I purchased said no preservatives but I don't believe it. I have...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 12-20-2013, 06:34 PM
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Posted By dstelley
don't mean to jump in on this thread but my...

don't mean to jump in on this thread but my question is very similar but more to do with timing.

I have racked my red wine once about 30 days ago. there is sediment on the bottom so I'd expect to...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-10-2013, 08:59 PM
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Posted By dstelley
OK, I'll try to discern a difference better. A...

OK, I'll try to discern a difference better. A couple times you mentioned bulk aging... I'm very new to winemaking, what does that mean? All I've done in the past was to keep re-racking after a time....
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-10-2013, 05:08 PM
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Posted By dstelley
The only "but" to that is that is that I cannot...

The only "but" to that is that is that I cannot see into the must even with a good flashlight so Its quite difficult for me to tell when the lee's stop falling out. Late last spring I finally was...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-10-2013, 02:30 AM
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Posted By dstelley
OK, I will cold stabilize. The question then...

OK, I will cold stabilize. The question then becomes when. I live in the Northeast (Western NY) Cold is not a problem, but what about timing? Its been in secondary fermentation since mid Oct. I plan...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 11-09-2013, 04:44 PM
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Posted By dstelley
crystals after bottling red wine

last year I made a batch of French Concord red wine and the flavor was really good, so I'm trying it again.
The problem was that as the bottles are chilled, crystals form on the bottom of the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-23-2013, 02:23 AM
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Posted By dstelley
I believe I have it going again. At least I hope!...

I believe I have it going again. At least I hope!
In short this is what I did. Bought 2 half gallons of 100% apple juice (no preservatives...)
made a starter yeast of EC-118, warm water, sugar and...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-17-2013, 02:41 AM
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Posted By dstelley
I'm unsure of the exact name but the label said...

I'm unsure of the exact name but the label said >0.1% {sodium bicarb or whatever the common preservative is}

Can someone give me a good step by step of how to make a "rip roaring yeast starter"?...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-15-2013, 06:59 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By dstelley
Apple Cider into Wine problem

Hoping someone can help.

Using this recipe for Apple Wine
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f79/apple-403770/

Problem is I can get the fermentation to get going.
OG is 1.090 at present.

Used...
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