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Forum: Mead Forum 10-24-2009, 04:03 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
I only punched it down the first three days or...

I only punched it down the first three days or so. Haven't touched it since. It will need to be transfered to a couple of 1gal jugs soon, need the bucket for a batch of cherry I'm getting ready to...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-23-2009, 03:50 PM
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Well, it's been going for about a week now. ...

Well, it's been going for about a week now. Smelled absolutely horrendous the last time I poped the lid off to punch down the blueberries. Here's hoping for the best!
Forum: Mead Forum 10-21-2009, 12:40 AM
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I will once it's down under 1.030 and I rack it...

I will once it's down under 1.030 and I rack it off the fruit. It'll go into a couple of gallon jugs at that point. I have my choice of gallon jugs, a brew bucket, or 5gal carboy. I prefer to keep...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-20-2009, 10:17 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
My first batch of mead (blueberry) shows...

My first batch of mead (blueberry) shows virtually no airlock activity. I can tell when I open it up to punch down the blueberries that it is fermenting, but I only have a 2.5gal batch going in a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-20-2009, 10:07 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Rhys79
OP: Can you phrase that as a question??? ...

OP: Can you phrase that as a question???

And Yuri is correct, brandy is a distilled liquor. Wine doesn't just miraculously turn into brandy if you leave it sitting around. Most domestic beers are...
Forum: Mead Forum 10-15-2009, 02:40 AM
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Posted By Rhys79
Blueberry Mead - thoughts and questions

Ok, just started a blueberry mead. I had a 3lb bag of frozen blueberries in the freezer (the tiny baking kind) and I didn't figure they were enough for even a gallon batch of wine, but throw in 5lbs...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-02-2009, 03:12 AM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Rhys79
Wasn't aware of that, thanks for the info! As far...

Wasn't aware of that, thanks for the info! As far as I know it's not supposed to get terribly warm through the weekend. High 50's on the high side.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-02-2009, 03:01 AM
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Posted By Rhys79
The closest to now I can get is Sunday.

The closest to now I can get is Sunday.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 10-01-2009, 09:57 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
Yeah, and I get to go pick more this weekend, the...

Yeah, and I get to go pick more this weekend, the 100lbs was just what I could reach and was ripe. If the frost last night didn't destroy them, I can probably get another 50-100lbs. There were a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-30-2009, 09:55 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
I'm generally a beer brewer, haven't gotten into...

I'm generally a beer brewer, haven't gotten into all grain yet. I got about 100lbs of grapes for free, so I had to do something with them... Half went to wine, and half went to jam and juice.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-30-2009, 08:45 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
Correct, concord grapes are significantly lower...

Correct, concord grapes are significantly lower in sugar than standard wine grapes. Most fruit wines require at least some sugar added as well. This may be my first batch of wine, but I did my...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-30-2009, 08:30 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
Wine needs to be about 13% alcohol to be self...

Wine needs to be about 13% alcohol to be self preserving, hence the added sugar to bring the OG up high enough to hit that level. It's just the way it's generally done.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-30-2009, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By Rhys79
The sugar will vary with the sugar content of...

The sugar will vary with the sugar content of your grapes. I added enough sugar to bring my OG up to 1.105. It's up to you how much if any you add depending on how high you want the potential...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-28-2009, 09:28 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By Rhys79
Let us know how it comes out, should be...

Let us know how it comes out, should be interesting :tank:
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-28-2009, 06:35 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
The gums are all thickening agents. As long as...

The gums are all thickening agents. As long as you don't use alot of the smoothie concentrate, I don't see it causing a huge issue. I'd try a small amount in a bottle of applewine and let it age...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-28-2009, 01:56 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
I'm using Montrachet yeast. If Yooper thinks...

I'm using Montrachet yeast. If Yooper thinks it'll be alright, I'll go ahead and pitch my yeast. I just didn't want a wine fountain all over my floor. I can always transfer to a larger bucket...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-28-2009, 03:18 AM
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Posted By Rhys79
Concord Grape Wine

This is my first batch of wine, so I'll let you know how it turns out in a year or two :tank:.

40lbs concord grapes, de-stemmed and crushed
8lbs sugar (1.105sg)
Water to bring to 6.5gal
3tsp...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-28-2009, 03:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 521
Posted By Rhys79
Headroom for primary (AKA is my bucket too small!?!)

Ok, just finished getting my first batch of wine ready to pitch and I think I have a small problem. My 6.5gal brew bucket is now full to about 1" from the top. I thought I had left myself with...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-28-2009, 12:22 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 55,119
Posted By Rhys79
Pour it off, siphon it off, use a wine thief,...

Pour it off, siphon it off, use a wine thief, whatever, doesn't really matter at this point as long as everything is sterile.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-27-2009, 09:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 55,119
Posted By Rhys79
If you're going to repitch, I'd draw off a cup of...

If you're going to repitch, I'd draw off a cup of what you have, dilute it with a cup of water, and pitch the yeast in that. Put it in a small container and agitate frequently (make sure it gets...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-27-2009, 02:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 55,119
Posted By Rhys79
You probably should have pitched with a fairly...

You probably should have pitched with a fairly large starter to have enough yeast cells to ferment in anything resembling a reasonable amount of time. As was stated earlier, yeast don't reproduce...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-27-2009, 01:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,623
Posted By Rhys79
OMFG!!! I got a hell of a lot more grapes than I...

OMFG!!! I got a hell of a lot more grapes than I was expecting. Just spent 3 hours destemming the first box and got 4 gallons of grapes out of it. Still have another box and a 15gal plastic tote to...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-25-2009, 03:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,384
Posted By Rhys79
I've had very good results with Aldi's juice. ...

I've had very good results with Aldi's juice. It's the cheapest stuff I've found yet.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-25-2009, 02:57 AM
Replies: 5
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Posted By Rhys79
I just finished drinking a glass of a mini brew I...

I just finished drinking a glass of a mini brew I did with a bottle of Welch's grape juice. Not too bad, didn't age well in the plastic juice bottle though, pretty hot and hoochy, but not bad with a...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-24-2009, 11:54 PM
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Posted By Rhys79
blueberry concord wine???

I'm going to be picking an unknown quantity of Concord grapes this Saturday (a friend told me come get em before the deer do), and was just thinking, I also have a 3lb bag of frozen blueberries in...
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