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  1. hunterbrodie

    Elderflower Wine White Fuzz

    Fairly new homebrewer here. Just started a batch of elderflower wine using dried elderflowers on October 2nd, and I noticed some white cotton like fuzz on the top of the wine. Is this safe or should I toss it?
  2. B

    disparity between wine makers and beer makers

    I'm noticing that there's a lot more resources and conversations and clubs centered around brewing beer than making wines and mead. I mean look at this forum, there's 18 categories for beer brewing and then one each for wine and mead. Why is this? Surely the disparity between people in general...
  3. B

    White mildew on grapes

    A very friendly neighbor graciously let me harvest their grape vine since they weren't using it, which is awesome. However, since they weren't taking care of it, the grapes have some pretty widespread powdery white mildew on them. I washed them with water before freezing them but it's difficult...
  4. JuiceBar

    Any tips on making wine from fresh grapes?

    I live in the American south and the muscadine grapes are about to ripen at a vineyard near me. I've really only had experience making wine from bottled or frozen juices. Do you have any tips for using fresh grapes? From the books I've read they suggest that you crush the grapes, squeeze the...
  5. E

    Sparkling wine - no sign of sediment from second fermentation

    Hello, After a few years of making sparkling elderflower wine by the usual method, I decided that I don't really like the cloudy, slightly feety concoction, so decided to follow the champagne method of fully fermenting in a DJ (down to 0.97 grav, took 4 weeks due to warm weather). It was...
  6. D

    Pinot Noir Recipe for Wife...

    Good morning, folks. I am looking for a recommendation. I typically brew beer and kombucha as well as the occasional cider, mead and cyser but my wife will not drink any of them - she's a wine drinker. Her favorite wine is Josh's Pinot Noir and I would like to try my hand at making a batch for...
  7. M

    Is my wine dead

    I’m currently making a citrus wine( probably the worst idea) but I thought why not. Right Off the bat things were not what I was expecting, in the primary fermenting bin things were quiet and I had a few temperature issue to begin with but it finally picked up and finished so I transferred to...
  8. E

    Oat vinegar, oat wine or neither?

    Hello, I'm quite new and know nothing about alcoholic beverage making. I just like conducting experiments for fun and to gain a better understanding. I had made oat milk by taking a cup of oats and a cup of water blending it and straining it. I then added 3tbs of raw honey. I then let it...
  9. M

    Hello from Honduras!

    Hi from Honduras! Momma of 6 lover of all things done myself. I enjoy cheese making, all the ferments, and making our own various brews and adult beverages. Complete novice, but want to experiment and come up with some yummy treats!
  10. J

    Fast Ferment Connical Fermenter

    I just recently got a 3 gal fast ferment connical fermenter fory birthday. I'm thinking about returning it and getting 3 gallon carboys. I do mostly frozen fruit wines and I think they produce too much sediment for the connical fermenter to work correctly. What's everyone else's thaught? I...
  11. I

    How much time does wine yeast take to consume 1 kg of sugar?

    Hello all, I am planning to buy some wine yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) from my local Amazon store and prepare an alcoholic ginger ale. I plan to use some grated ginger, one lemon, 1 kg (2.2 lb) of white cane sugar (sucrose) and 5 liters of water. I was wondering if someone could give me...
  12. A

    FAQ for newbies

    We need a sticky in this forum for the newbie questions. I'll kick it off by asking two questions I can answer, and ask a few of my own. Could we get a mod to pin this one please and get the folks to help fill in the blanks and add to this list? Thanks all! Q: What if I want to use honey...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. A

    Don't call it a comeback...

    Hey there! I doubt anyone here will remember me, but I definitely remember this place. I joined back in 2008 and started my home brewing journey on this forum. I ended up dragging a couple of my roommates into the hobby, and before long moved on from making basic wines to some kit beer, and...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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