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  1. R

    Is wine ready to taste? Next steps?

    Hi all. Looking for general guidance/advice here. I joined a friend’s family for wine making this year. We picked grapes, ordered as many as we needed to supplement the haul, grinded them after a few days, pressed them after another 4-5 days, and put about 14 gallons in a Demijon in my dark temp...
  2. W

    How to use campdem tablets (SMS)?

    I have a few questions regarding this, thanks!!! The wine is a Sauvignon Blanc from a juice kit. How many should I add to the batch right before bottling this batch? It’s 23 litres/6 gallons. There are 80 tablets in the 50g package. How long do I need to wait before it is safe to drink? I...
  3. R

    Wine Alcohol Measure

    Hi all. First time wine maker with a Portuguese family. Blend of red and white grapes (local harvesting) I have about 14 gallons in a demijohn in the garage. I bought a hydrometer ton check alcohol content but unfortunately I didn’t realize you need to measure before fermentation begins, and...
  4. Upstate12866

    Simple Wild Grape Wine

    Hi everybody, I wanted to post this as it's a little different. If you are a curious person, this is a very low-effort, low-risk experiment that could fit on your kitchen countertop. The recipe is dead simple, and I found it to be the tastiest thing I had ever made. And the season is coming...
  5. A

    Should i worry about toxic chemicals since i used unwashed grapes for making wine?

    So basically im new to brewing and yesterday i just bought grapes from the supermarket and prepared them for making wine. I followed all the steps correctly and i haven't washed my grapes and i started the fermentation. It's all well and the yeast is active properly, but I've seen a video about...
  6. Stonks

    Hi everyone, I am looking to brew a skeeter pee without a slurry

    I will follow the recipe on this website exactly, with the exception of the Yeast Slurry. I would like to use Lalvin EC-1118 yeast packets instead. I was looking at alternative solutions and searched elsewhere on the message boards, but couldn't really find a definitive answer. I'm not...
  7. braukorps

    Strawberry Rhubarb attempt - HELP!

    I am planning to make a strawberry rhubarb wine and beer. I ca find strawberry puree easily enough, but not rhubarb. I can find extract flavoring, and a concentrated fruit wine base from LD Carlson. I would prefer to have real puree, and not something mixed with corn syrup. Anyone know where I...
  8. H

    Little white bits floating on my wine

    Hello, So I'm a total beginner, I made about a liter of kiwi wine in order to try out how it works. I transferred to secondary when I had too much Lee's and the fermentation was more or less done. It's been a few days, but I started noticing small white floating stuff and I was wondering if...
  9. The Experimenter

    What type of wine/brew would you classify this as?

    Introduction: Hi! I'm the Experimenter and I'm new here (just created my account like 1 hour ago). I am also new to brewing and have been doing it for 3 months (as of today). I got into it mostly because I thought it would be fun (and it is!!) and to share what I make with family and friends...
  10. B

    Kegging wine (Foaming issues)

    Hi everyone, I started an experiment and need some advice... I am trying to make sparkling wine and I am getting issues with foaming. This is what I have tried so far: 1.75 gallon corny keg with chardonnay carbed to 55psi and cooled in the kegerator near freezing For dispensing, 3/16" ID...
  11. L

    Tea and Tisane based wines?

    I’ve currently got about 100g of loose leaf green tea with elderflower, and 125g of an orange and passion fruit tisane (that also contains apple, hibiscus and rosehips), and I want to brew a wine from each separately, but I’m a bit of a novice so I could do with some advice! Would it be...
  12. ericfromcowtown

    When life gives you crab apples...

    Here's a variation on a theme, which I'm sure someone has posted on before. We have a crab apple tree which produces radish-sized crab apples galore. I've heard the term "crab apples" used when talking about small and tart apples, but this tree produces fruit that looks just as much like a...
  13. R

    First time wine making attempt

    New member, interested in making my first wine. Few very entry level questions. A family member grew some grapes on a whim and doesn't have the patience/interest to try making wine from them. The plants are a few years old. There's some decent sized vines with a good amount of grapes growing...
  14. 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?
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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