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Old 04-29-2009, 02:53 PM   #21
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Wine Porn:



The moldy looking crap floating on top is the pulp from the OJ. Note: This is a reusable 5 gallon water bottle, not a better bottle...cost me $5 at HEB. Drilled hole in cap for airlock/blowoff. If you decide to use one of these for a carboy and don't like to use bungs for some reason, buy a roll of threading tape and wrap it around the thread a few times, this will make an airtight seal when the cap is screwed on.

Closeup of the pulp:



 
Old 04-30-2009, 03:13 AM   #22
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wifey and I decided to do some taste testing of this tonight and....it's freaking awesome! Smooth, crisp, high alcohol but not harsh...because all the wines had already been aged for over a year they each brought out their own unique characteristic. It honestly tastes like an aged mead, and it's not even done fermenting out yet...I'm gonna rack and stabilize tomorrow and let it clear for a couple weeks, but I'm sure we'll continue tasting it along the way.



 
Old 04-30-2009, 01:21 PM   #23
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Man, I'd have tried just making sangria. Some strawberries and a couple lemons can make any red tasted good.

 
Old 04-30-2009, 07:59 PM   #24
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It got down to 1.015 today so I racked it onto 5 campden tabs and 2.5 teaspoons of potassium sorbate, then topped up to 5 gallons. 5 gallons of deliciously refreshing 18% fresh fruit hippie wine.

 
Old 04-30-2009, 08:32 PM   #25
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Well, I'm glad to be proven wrong.

 
Old 04-30-2009, 08:40 PM   #26
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Very nice. Glad it worked out for you.

Reminds me of one time when I was down at the Hutterite colony. They asked me if I wanted a glass of wine and I accepted. They set down a clear plastic bottle that had a hand written label on it:

Grape. For men.


It tasted like Kool-Aid and antifreeze. I had to choke down a whole glass just to be polite. I declined a second glass. Had to drive, you know.
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Old 05-20-2009, 02:41 PM   #27
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Racked this onto 5 more campden tabs yesterday. As I was racking I kept stealing samples of it and man was it good. It cleared up really nice into a light orange color. I'll post picks the next time I steal a sample.

 
Old 08-24-2009, 07:25 PM   #28
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I still haven't gotten around to bottling this, we've been "sampling" it pretty regularly for the last couple of months, I think I racked it back in june or july, it's starting to taste like water now. If I had to guess I'd say it is down to about 6-8% alcohol. I'm considering dumping a bunch of fruit and honey in it and seeing if I can't get fermentation going again to boost abv and add some flavor. Not sure how long it takes for the campden and sorbates to lose their effect enough for fermentation to restart, it was about a year last time...

 
Old 08-29-2009, 10:53 PM   #29
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what???? lol...Are drugs involved here???

 
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It got down to 1.015 today so I racked it onto 5 campden tabs and 2.5 teaspoons of potassium sorbate, then topped up to 5 gallons. 5 gallons of deliciously refreshing 18% fresh fruit hippie wine.
now it's 6-8%??? impossible unless you added water to decrease the ABV in a fermenting beverage.. Someone is smoking something..LOL



 
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