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  1. Q

    Gas for kegging wine

    Hi there, Do I need 100% nitrogen for kegging wine, or will the 70/30 used for stouts/guiness work without carbonating it?
  2. Trey Ark

    White Spider Web-like wisps in Wine

    I froze my grapes and berries whenever I had extra left when I would routine grocery shop. Mashed them, pressed them, and put it into a 1-gallon carboy. I put in 1.5 Campden tablets in. Rather be a little over sterilized then vice versa with the potential of them harboring any of the crap nearby...
  3. PlantPatrol

    Pineapple Wine/Tepache potential recipe?

    Hey all, this is my first post, i’ve been brewing about a year so have lurked here for a good bit already though! This is a recipe I figured out from reading about other people’s pineapple experience, I intend to start soon but wanted to get opinions on it beforehand in case any of y’all have...
  4. A

    When to separate pulp

    I’m new to wine making and I had a question about when to separate the fruit pulp from the must during the fermentation. I read on some forums that you rack it out of the bucket into a car boy at 4 to 7 days. Some other people said they fermented tell the wine was dry before racking the must...
  5. E

    Best White grape concentrate

    Hello everyone. I am new to wine making. Only worked with a few cheap kits so far, but I have noticed that the kits are essentially Concentrate, Yeast, Yeast Nutrient, and Finings. So I was thinking that the next step I should take is to try and create a wine by collecting together my own kit...
  6. M

    I may be getting to lax with this hobby.... And I've got some questions!

    Okay, so I have made many different wines/hooch/distillates and I just realized I may have just recently made a mistake trying to save some homemade syrups from being wasted. After finishing my newest vodka distillation and racking my cranberry wine, I decided I would try and mix these drinks...
  7. D

    Making Carrot Wine

    We’re in the depths of winter and folks might erroneously assume that fresh wine making produce was incontrovertibly thin on the ground. You’re invited to think again. So, with the wine cellar in likely need of substantive input, where does that leave us with several idle months ahead before the...
  8. K

    Winemaking Terms

    Winemaking has been both a business and a hobby for centuries. Whether you are a commercial winemaker or make your wine at home (or considering getting into the game), there are general terms that you will want to familiarize yourself with. The following terms are ones both commercial and home...
  9. A

    DIY Wine Rack and Display Board

    It’s no great secret that a big chunk of the fun of being a wine connoisseur lies in the visual aspect of the bottles themselves. Yeah, we could stuff them all in boxes like so many 8-track tapes, but where’s the joy in that? No… Some sort of wine rack is called for to help keep the corks moist...
  10. J

    Beers With A Wine Influence

    The explosion of craft breweries in recent years has led to innovative new brewing techniques and exciting new flavors. Some breweries have begun to borrow flavors and techniques from wine-making, either by fermenting their beer with grape juice or grape must, or by aging the finished beer in...
  11. J

    Profile Of The Black Spanish Grape

    ORIGIN The Black Spanish grape has been called El Paso, Jack, Blue French, Ohio, and Jacquet, and is now legally known as Lenoir or Jacquez (more about the name in a minute). It is a hybrid which appeared in America (probably in South Carolina) sometime in the 1830s. One of its parent grapes...
  12. S

    Grape to Grain: A Winemaker's Transition To Home Brewing

    About a year and a half ago, I stumbled on an article on the Flanders Red beer style. A Flanders Red is aged in oak barrels for years, giving it acidity and a Burgundian complexity which has been described as the most wine-like of all beers. I was intrigued by this concept, so I drove to my...
  13. J

    How to Choose a Home Wine Fridge

    When people get serious about wine, they often purchase a refrigerator or cooler dedicated solely to wine. A wine fridge can keep multiple bottles of wine stored at the correct temperature (see my article on service temperatures) or provide a place to age the wines you want to keep for several...
  14. J

    The Best Way to Save an Open Wine Bottle

    The Best Way to Save an Open Wine Bottle You're drinking wine and you realize you aren't going to finish the bottle. You know wine doesn't stay fresh for long once the bottle is opened. So how do you keep it as fresh as possible until you want to finish it? How long can you realistically wait to...
  15. davielovesgravy

    Can I add different fruit/flavours in various demijohns to red wine brew kit please?

    Howdy folks, hope everyone is supping well and staying safe. I made a red wine kit a while back and am happy with the 30 bottles I have stored. I actually have a second one of the same kit to make ASAP as it is almost at its Best Before date. I don’t have another 30 empty bottles so I am...
  16. Q

    Newbie question: specific gravity and secondary fermentation

    I've decided to take the plunge during the lockdown. I recently started a Cru International Australian Cabernet Sauvignon wine kit with the Master Vintner kit from Midwest Supplies. I am on day 15 of my kit. Unfortunately, the hydrometer was missing from my kit, and I'm yet to request a...
  17. I

    Is my wine supposed to taste bad at bottling?

    Hi I have just bottled a WineBuddy Pinot Grigio 30 bottle kit and had a few sips in a glass as well. I followed the instructions and it was in the fermenter for 7 days (I know you should keep it in longer but I just wanted to follow the instructions on my first time). However it tastes bad but...
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    Can I take a hydrometer sample using a glass?

    Hi Quick question: Would I be able to take a sample for my hydrometer by dipping a glass which was cleaned by the dishwasher into the fermenting vessel? I would then pour the glass into the hydrometer vial Thanks!
  19. I

    Does fermenting wine need to be in the dark?

    Hey there, I'm fermenting a WineBuddy Pinot Grigio at the moment and was wondering if it is necessary to ferment it in the dark. My temperature is at 28 degrees Celsius (higher than the recommended 20 - 25) because I have wrapped the fermenter in a towel since the only place I can put my...
  20. B

    Hydrogen sulfide or maybe DIsulfide erradication....HELP

    Hello all, I have an issue with Hydrogen sulfide in a batch of Petite Pearl homemade wine. I grew the grapes myself. Somewhere along the way after primary I noticed the tell tale sulfur smell. I have gone through about every measure I have read about. I have additions of yeast nutrients early...