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Old 03-03-2013, 06:35 PM   #11
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I just bottled my cider, and it turns out that I had just enough spots on the wine rack to add it in, making a full square of 144 bottles. It's a beautiful sight! From left to right, Cider, Red Zinfandel, Merlot, Blueberry/Blackberry Blend, Mead, and a few bottles of banana on the bottom (without the shrink tops). The wines are form kits, the mead, cider, and berry are all made from scratch.

The tough part of having it on display (it had to look nice as a condition to the wife), it resisting the "good stuff" early. I don't plan on touching the mead, zin, or berry for another year at least, while i rotate out some of the cheaper merlot kits and cider. I've finally been able to build up a pipeline so that I can start aging most of them in carboys. I've got a cabernet, syrah, another merlot, and two ciders going in the cellar! Need more room...



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Old 03-03-2013, 09:04 PM   #12
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I know, I know, its about SHOWING the wine. But I'm getting ready to move in a month or so. Everything bottled so far is tucked away, waiting transport. Maybe I'll post some pics after my next bottling session. :-)

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Old 03-07-2013, 03:14 PM   #13
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Nice set up KBentley57, Did you buy that or make it?
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:44 PM   #14
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I bought them off amazon, they were ~ $99.00 each IIRC. They came natural, and I stained them that color. They also had some redwood options that were more expensive, but to be honest, the time I spent staining, and buying the stain would have probably evened out for the same color.

I may buy two more this summer to go on either side. They make a pretty good setup, and are sturdy if you glue/nail them together instead of just nailing. I'm sure they could be made for less, but the thought of cutting hundreds of 8" sections for the bottle holders makes me cringe.
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Here is a couple of racks I threw together in my basement. I would still like to stain them even though I already put them together.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:38 PM   #16
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that looks very nice. If I weren't living in an apartment at the moment, I would have done something similar to that. Are those bottles angled enough for he solids to collect on the bottom rim? Or are they just laying flat. I can't really tell from the picture.

BTW, your shelves are too empty!
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The bottles are laying flat enough that the wine is on the cork, but not flat enough to fall off the rack. I plan on filling both racks. I got 5 gallon peach, 6 gallon concord, and 6 gallon strawberry fermenting right now. I showed my non wine making friends those racks and they said " WOW that's a lot of wine", I show you guys and you say " your shelves are to empty". I love it.
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I would like to hear your strawberry recipes / see what it looks like. I started a 1 gallon batch, just to test, and I'm afraid it's going to come out too weak. I used ~ 52 oz of cut strawberries in about 1.25 gallons of water so that I would have a gallon after racking off the strawberry stuff after the primary fermentation was over. I used enough sugar to get it to ~12% abv. I don't expect it to come out "red", but it's nearly transparent with a slight tinge of orange/pink/red color.

BTW, even with those, you shelves will still be too empty .
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Well here is a pic of the strawberry that I just racked today from the primary I started 7 days ago.
Really simple recipe.
24 lbs. of frozen strawberrys
12 lb. of table sugar
2 cans of welches white grape concentrate
1 64oz. bottle of welches white grape juice
6 tsp. citric acid
3 tsp. tannin
6 crushed campden tablets
3 tsp. Pectic enzyme
1 packet yeast
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By the way, that's 6 gallon. And yes my shelves will still be empty. As long as I have space I still see the need to make more. I figure I can get about 280 bottles on those 2 racks. As long as the wife sees all that space I won't here about making all this wine.


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