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Old 09-07-2012, 04:15 PM   #1
chaslam07
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Apr 2012
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Hi, new to homebrewing, have started with 1 gallon of Apple and Blackberry Wine.

1350g Blackberries
1350g Apples
1350g Sugar

I have been fermenting nearly 2 weeks now and am nearly ready to stabalise, I am planning on Finding it in the dj it sits in and leaving it a week or 2 then re racking into another dj for more findings to get it crystal clear for another week or 2, then syphon into bottles.

I am open to any advice or help, am going to taste it now to see if its dry enough or needs more time.

On another note has anybody tried the JD honey and what are your thoughts of it, just bought a bottle, has only just come out here in UK.



 
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Old 09-07-2012, 04:38 PM   #2
chaslam07
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is there any way of telling the alcohol percentage if i dont have the reading on the hydrometer before fermentation, i have tasted and put the hydrometer in now and it drops to the black ring which is medium dry and has about 35g of sugar per litre, would anybody like to comment on this as i am unsure what it all means as its my 1st time, but have now added stabiliser and will be adding findings tomorrow



 
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:20 AM   #3
WilliamSlayer
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What's your Final Gravity reading? Your 'schedual' for racking and fining sounds appropriate BTW.

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 05:18 PM   #4
chaslam07
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final after ive stabalised and put my findings through ? how many days should i leave it before re racking into 2nd dj and find again or is it just when i think its clear, thanks

 
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Old 09-08-2012, 07:26 PM   #5
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It'll be a week or two. You'll see when it clears up.

 
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:43 AM   #6
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is there any way of telling the alcohol percentage if i dont have the reading on the hydrometer before fermentation,
once it clears and has been degassed you can use a vinometer, basically a glass capillary tube. They are about $5.


 
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:51 AM   #7
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once it clears and has been degassed you can use a vinometer, basically a glass capillary tube. They are about $5.
That's not a bad way to go. Just know that they are going to give you an 'aproximate' reading. I've found (through experience) that I can 'taste' the alcohol percentage to within a percentage point or so. Don't sweat it too much... focus on taste! :-)



 
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