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Old 08-10-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
Aug 2013
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I was digging around in my fathers basement and found this.
He had made this from his own grapevines around 8-10 years earlier.

Was wondering if it would be safe to try, I smelt it and it smelled very nice.

What should I do with it? I have bottles and corks and sanitizer.
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Old 08-10-2013, 11:33 PM   #2
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Try it man! Could be awesome or complete **** but you'll never know till you try!

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Old 08-10-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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Looks like a clump floating in the middle pic

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Old 08-11-2013, 12:21 AM   #4
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looks like the reflection of the top of the carboy.

try it man!
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:29 AM   #5
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My biggest concern would be oxidation depending on what was in the headspace of that carboy. Are you sure there was yeast in there and it truly is wine? Good luck! I'd say try and and then decide to bottle or not.

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Old 08-11-2013, 12:32 AM   #6
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Drink it drink it drink it
"I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night."
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Old 08-11-2013, 12:37 AM   #7
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I'm taking it the air-lock was dry, but regardless, I'd take the wine thief and see what it taste like. What if it's great?!

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Old 08-11-2013, 01:00 AM   #8

Drink it alllllllllll! It will please the wine gods!

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Old 08-11-2013, 05:50 AM   #9
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Chug! chug! chug!chug..........
You cant always be young but you can always be immature

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Old 08-11-2013, 10:59 AM   #10
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Looks like its been completely oxidized and is possibly vinegar by now with that stuff floating on top. Of course take a couple of tastes, if its like burnt raisins then its oxidized, if its vinegar and tastes good put it in a gallon jug and enjoy. Was this like your dads last batch he made or just one that got forgotten under the stairs? Clean out that carboy good, maybe even hit it after the last cleaning with some iodophore to kill off any vinegar bugs. WVMJ
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