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Forum: Wine Making Forum 07-28-2013, 06:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,064
Posted By Hummer
Five or six lbs. per gallon will make a richer...

Five or six lbs. per gallon will make a richer peach wine, and yes about covering the peaches with water. Use fresh, ripe fruit. You'll probably need to add some sugar and/or white wine concentrate...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-16-2013, 05:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,803
Posted By Hummer
We grow apples, apricots and peaches and often...

We grow apples, apricots and peaches and often have an abundance left to make a variety of wines. Fruit wines can be wonderful, and inexpensive to make when you grow your own fruit. You can't buy...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 03-16-2013, 02:01 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 31,140
Posted By Hummer
Nice find! Having a crusher destemmer can be a...

Nice find! Having a crusher destemmer can be a real game changer for your winemaking. Nice press, too.


One year ago today, I picked up this Zambelli 80 liter bladder press and Eno 15 crusher...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-25-2012, 07:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 850
Posted By Hummer
Without your posting the recipe, actual...

Without your posting the recipe, actual ingredients, quantities and steps taken, it's hard to offer much meaningful advice.
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-24-2012, 05:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 806
Posted By Hummer
My favorite wines go to hunting camp to share...

My favorite wines go to hunting camp to share with the guys in the evening. Some fellows aren't regular wine drinkers so I take a few fruit wines that are lighter or sweeter, and a few heavier...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-22-2012, 07:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,622
Posted By Hummer
Looking for a good but fast wine ...

Looking for a good but fast wine is a little like looking for a good but fast girl. It might taste good for the moment but it will lack the flavor and elegance of maturity.

I suggest a strategy of...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-07-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,138
Posted By Hummer
I agree with Saramc that if you want something...

I agree with Saramc that if you want something quick, mulling is probably your best option. But, making a real spiced wine, and any good wine, takes time. I suggest you make more wine now and set...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-06-2012, 11:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,144
Posted By Hummer
Flavor, color, and the work it takes to remove...

Flavor, color, and the work it takes to remove the skins. Of course, on a single batch, removing peach skins is not that big a deal. A dip in boiling water for a few moments, then they come off...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 09-06-2012, 04:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,144
Posted By Hummer
Thirty peaches for 5 gallons may be a little...

Thirty peaches for 5 gallons may be a little light on flavor. Four or five pounds per gallon would be a good start. I've used a much as eight pounds per gallon to make a rich peach wine. Let them...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-06-2012, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,180
Posted By Hummer
I think you're right that bulk aging would work...

I think you're right that bulk aging would work better, and also to continue stirring it off as Yooper suggests. Lacking a reliable test for sulfite level, sniff and taste has to be good enough. ...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-06-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 397
Posted By Hummer
Maybe. It sounds like a good idea but I've found...

Maybe. It sounds like a good idea but I've found that leftover fermented fruit has lost all it's sugar, and most of it's flavor and structure. It's never appealed to me enough to try making jam...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-06-2012, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,180
Posted By Hummer
I'm not clear whether you used 3 tsp. in 3...

I'm not clear whether you used 3 tsp. in 3 gallons, or 6 tsp. in 6 gallons. Did you recombine the 3 gallons with 3 tsp. to make a 6 gal. batch with 3 tsp. Kmeta? If so, you're probably not too far...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 06-06-2012, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,077
Posted By Hummer
If they haven't been picked yet you could water...

If they haven't been picked yet you could water the area under the tree very well for two or more weeks to increase size, sweetness and water content. Letting them hang longer will help, too.

I...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-21-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,182
Posted By Hummer
Bummer about the wine faults. One lesson is to...

Bummer about the wine faults. One lesson is to always know what your wines taste like before sharing them with friends. I know, not very helpful at this point....

After a year of aging, I don't...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-21-2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By Hummer
Contact your extension service agent. In CA,...

Contact your extension service agent. In CA, chances are good that they will be able to ID or connect you with someone who can ID the grape variety from some leaves and a photo of the vine. If the...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-21-2012, 01:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 638
Posted By Hummer
I agree that table grapes and raisins would...

I agree that table grapes and raisins would likely make a disappointing wine for a wine drinker. For your father's first effort a kit is a good place to start. I don't think much of the cheaper...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-04-2012, 10:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 690
Posted By Hummer
Most all wine kits are 6 gallons. All the beer...

Most all wine kits are 6 gallons. All the beer buckets I have are 6.5 gal to the top which will probably work for your kit but you'll have to watch it closely. Measure your bucket with a measuring...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-03-2012, 02:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
Posted By Hummer
Why in the world would you add two ounces of...

Why in the world would you add two ounces of potassium metabisulfite instead of simply adding the package provided with the kit? Please explain.

The mixture you made is poisonous which is surely...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-02-2012, 06:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By Hummer
For basic winemaking equipment and supplies I...

For basic winemaking equipment and supplies I think it's good to buy from and establish a relationship with a local homebrew/winemaking store because they can be a very valuable resource for advice. ...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-02-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,543
Posted By Hummer
Some of my best fruit wines have been variations...

Some of my best fruit wines have been variations on other recipes. I love blackberry and cherry so the combination could be very nice. The alcohol will mellow with time. Let us know a year from...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 05-02-2012, 04:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,863
Posted By Hummer
If the Oct 2009 date on the kit is the expiration...

If the Oct 2009 date on the kit is the expiration date, the kit might be 4+ years old. Still, if the juice tastes good then it will probably ferment out ok. But, since this is your first time...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-16-2012, 01:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 383
Posted By Hummer
I agree with BrewerBear and Yooper. ...

I agree with BrewerBear and Yooper.



Yep, there's the problem and a simple one to overcome. A hydrometer and test cylinder is about $15 at your local home brew store. It's easy to use and...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-15-2012, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,167
Posted By Hummer
There is a short but useful article in the spring...

There is a short but useful article in the spring 2012 Northern Brewer catalog that describes corking Belgian style bottles. The author, Karl Engebretson, set the "portuguese floor corker to its...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-14-2012, 10:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,167
Posted By Hummer
I haven't used Belgian corks but they are only a...

I haven't used Belgian corks but they are only a little larger (25.5 x 44mm) than standard #9 wine corks (23.5 x 44mm). Champagne corks are 28.5 x 47mm. It's a pretty safe bet that they will work in...
Forum: Wine Making Forum 04-13-2012, 04:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,167
Posted By Hummer
Unless you want an automated corker that will run...

Unless you want an automated corker that will run $3K or more, the Ferrari champagne corker may be your only option. It runs about $150 online or from most home brew stores. It's the same as the...
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