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Old 11-02-2009, 05:46 PM   #21
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just racked mine to secondary last night. used pectic enzyme & the leftover "fruit" was crazy looking. a funky looking mass of grey-ish mush inside a bright red-stained nylon bag.

smelled delicious though took a little sip, pretty hot but yummy.


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Old 11-02-2009, 10:06 PM   #22
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I racked mine again from the secondary to clear up some more, got rid of most of the fruit/yeast sludge and it has cleared substantially.



I topped it up with water and gave it a quick smell and it was very pleasant- still smelled like strawberries, I didn't taste it though


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Old 11-17-2009, 11:00 PM   #23
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re-racked from secondary, will top up at the next racking before bottling

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I had to strain the leavin's from primary--no racking that mess! I've racked it again since, it's clearing nicely.

This will be backsweetened. Mine actually turned out a bit more orange than yours, brandonjonesVW. Maybe it was a result of the campden tabs. I may cheat and add some food coloring.
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re-racked from secondary, will top up at the next racking before bottling

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There's not a ton of headspace, but why not top it up now? I mean, if you're going top up anyway, why wait? I don't understand.
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I had to strain the leavin's from primary--no racking that mess! I've racked it again since, it's clearing nicely.

This will be backsweetened. Mine actually turned out a bit more orange than yours, brandonjonesVW. Maybe it was a result of the campden tabs. I may cheat and add some food coloring.
I think his will turn that orange color once it starts to clear a little more. Since I've racked mine its gotten clearer and there is still a slight, let's call it dusting, at the bottom. I think I'll bottle it at the end of this month and age it for 6+ months, but since I have all these frozen strawberries I'll make another batch.

Nice work fellas!
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There's not a ton of headspace, but why not top it up now? I mean, if you're going top up anyway, why wait? I don't understand.
no real reason, just out of convenience. gotta get some more CO2 cartriges to purge the carboy at the next racking, i'll just top it up then.

jkpq45: i was surprised how red mine is. there was no red left in my strawberries after i took them out of primary, they turned to grey mush (from the pectic enzyme i assume).

i added ~4oz of clover honey for poo's & giggles, but it ate that up in just a few days & the picture shows the clarity pretty well. there's maybe 1/8" sediment in the bottom @ the moment.

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going to rack again in a couple days & bottle about a week later. it's extremely clear, very deep red in color. can't wait to try it

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I haven't bottled mine, it's still throwing off some sediment. I think I will rack it into another carboy with some potassium sorbate though and degas next week. Hopefully I'll get around to bottling it in two or so weeks.

Nice red color
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racked for the 3rd time last night. Clarity is amazing. Added sorbate & campden. Will bottle next week sometime.

SWBMO & I tried a little I left in the siphon tubing. Absolutely amazing! Just barely hot with a great hit of strawberry & a fantastic mouthfeel.

Will most likely put a 1 Liter & 750ml bottle aside to age, 12oz bottle the rest with O2 caps.


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