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#3162290 - 02/13/13 10:28 AM My first shot at winemaking
BamaProud
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The Wife drinks more wine than I do so I am attempting to make what she likes best, a White Zinfandel. Going into the secondary fermenter for 3-4 weeks.
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#3162555 - 02/13/13 02:21 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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Very cool!
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#3163379 - 02/14/13 04:56 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: WMAn]
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Don't know why the picture is sideways...its right in my photobucket account.
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#3164403 - 02/14/13 08:58 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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Keep us posted on how it turns out. I received my kit yesterday. When I get back from my business trip next week I'll start a batch. I have a new friend that has been doing this for a while and will show me some of his tricks.
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#3164540 - 02/15/13 12:25 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: backroads]
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Huh...the picture is vertical now. weird.

I sampled the wine (or must, as it is called at this stage) when transferring it into the secondary and it tasted pretty good, so unless something very bad happens, I think it should turn out well.

what kit/kind are you making stevepitts?
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#3165423 - 02/15/13 06:39 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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Where do you get the kits from?
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#3165444 - 02/15/13 07:01 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Bow Hunter]
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I used to have one of those big glass bottles that i made mine in..had the air lock on top filled with water.... it was in my bedroom .when it was working it would sing you to sleep...lol
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#3165708 - 02/16/13 12:32 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Bow Hunter]
BamaProud
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 Originally Posted By: Bow Hunter
Where do you get the kits from?


Just do an internet search to see if there is a home brew shop in your area. If not everything is available on the internet.

Equipment kit(almost the same for beer or wine)
http://www.homebrewers.com/product/3010DBB/6-Gallon-Wine-Making-Kit---Equipment-Only.html
(about 100 bucks)

I will probably just bottle this batch in 24oz beer bottles eliminating the need for corks and a corking machine.

Ingredient kit like this:
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/winemaking/wine-ingredient-kits/vr-riesling.html (50-150 bucks)~ 25 bottles of wine or $2-6/bottle
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#3165813 - 02/16/13 07:15 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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I have actually made some pretty darn good wine with the old milk jug.. welches grape juice, yeast, and some sugar trick.. oh.. I forgot to mention the balloon.. lol.. you can make a gallon of wine for almost nothing.. wine making can be a simple or as hard as you want it to be..
I used to go out in the woods, shoot possum grapes out with my pistol, beat them with a 2x4 in a bucket.. strain them through a old pillow case, let them ferment and make wine... IMO it wasnt as good as the milk jug wine..lol
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#3166071 - 02/16/13 10:41 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: pressfit]
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I've crockpotted a bunch of gallons. You can get as elaborate as you want though.
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#3166272 - 02/16/13 02:12 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Mike Belt]
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I dont guess I have ever seen wine made in and in a crockpot.. do you plug it in and let it simmer??lol
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#3166705 - 02/16/13 08:24 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: pressfit]
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A crockery pot, alias butter churn. I suspect most of the wine rural folks made in the past was made in them as well. It does a good enough job. Blackberries are the best followed by muscadines.
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#3166870 - 02/16/13 10:28 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Mike Belt]
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AHHH. we have a couple of them that my grandmother used to make pickles in...
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#3167233 - 02/17/13 11:54 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: pressfit]
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Always wanted to try my luck making wine.
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#3169132 - 02/18/13 08:24 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: A.Hall]
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My dad started about a year ago. The first few batches weren't that good but he's gotten pretty good at it. I may have to start making it.
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#3169185 - 02/18/13 08:56 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Bigswede3423]
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I need to start up again. It has been a few years since I made any. Blackberry was my favorite. Especially the ones I picked on our place.

I made a pumpkin wine once with intentions to have it for Halloween/Thanksgiving. It came out tasting eerily similar to pumpkin pie. I had drank or given away every bottle by the end of September. That needs to happen again.

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#3169510 - 02/19/13 08:34 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Trapper John]
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For a couple years running I made wine out of every conceivable fruit I could come up with. Some of it was a bust and some came out great. Blackberries were the best followed by muscadines. The most stout was the plum wine and I got plummed several times.
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#3174288 - 02/23/13 09:51 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Mike Belt]
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I've made wine off and on since the 1960s, but haven't done any in a couple of years. Blackberry, muscadine, Concord, Niagara, Catawba, strawberry, mulberry, elderberry, blueberry, etc. Only kit wine I made was a Riesling. Pretty good stuff too.
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#3174448 - 02/24/13 08:40 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: quickfire]
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I think I am going to do a blackberry wine this Spring when fresh fruit is available...not from a kit. This batch is about ready for the clearing process then bottling.

I didn't think much about storage. According to the instructions its supposed to be stored at 60 degrees. I was planning on just keeping it in a wine rack at normal room temperature(70-74 degrees). Anyone with wine knowledge know if 10 degrees or so really makes a difference. ...wine in stores is usually at room temp right?

Don't really want to but a wine cooler.

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#3174531 - 02/24/13 11:09 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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For table wine it won't make a big difference for the short term. Most of mine was consumed within a year and there was no noticeable difference in quality from being in a 70-75 degree room. Just keep it out of direct sunlight.

You get into the 80s or higher and stuff could start happening.

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#3174555 - 02/24/13 11:47 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Trapper John]
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Yeah, a 70-75 degree room will be fine for storage. I always used green bottles, corked them and stored them on their sides. And it's a good idea not to open a bottle until it's been corked at least 2 months. I always heard it needed a couple of months to settle down from the turblence of corking.

Muscadine wine from wild vines seems to be one of the most difficult wines to make. Those wild muscadines have a thick hull that's hard to press, and they don't yield a lot of juice. It's best to freeze them first, then thaw, they're easier to press then.

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#3175736 - 02/25/13 02:09 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: quickfire]
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I used to crate mine up bedded in straw but I kept sneaking a bottle out so often that it didn't really do any good to crate them. That blackberry was awesome!
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#3181468 - 03/02/13 06:03 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Mike Belt]
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I decided to try a "from scratch" small batch while waiting on the kit 5gallon batch to finish clearing. It should be ready to bottle in a few days.

The small batch will never see a bottle, I am just experimenting with different yeasts, ingredients and whatnot. I'll probably do 5-10 of these half gallon batches before I attempt my big 5 gallon batch of blackberry wine in the Spring.
#1 Small Batch Apple/bread(FADRR) yeast
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#3181493 - 03/02/13 06:23 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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There's a recipe for an orange mead floating around that is extremely easy to make and very tasty when finished. If I can find the link I'll post it for you. Gimme a few...
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#3181494 - 03/02/13 06:25 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Trapper John]
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f80/joes-ancient-orange-mead-49106/

Didn't take long to find it. I've done this and used his exact method. It's good. A little hot at first, but if you let it sit for a while it mellows smoothly and is excellent. I did take most of the peels off the oranges, though. Cuts some of the bitter down.

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#3181548 - 03/02/13 07:05 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Trapper John]
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Thanks.
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#3196805 - 03/19/13 03:34 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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In the bottle:
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#3197272 - 03/19/13 12:45 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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Pretty darn cool.

Useless to me, but very cool to read / see.
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#3198213 - 03/20/13 10:35 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: RUGER]
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I know what my "guide fee" will be when you bring the kids fishing \:D
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#3198917 - 03/21/13 02:42 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: TAFKAP]
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 Originally Posted By: TAFKAP
I know what my "guide fee" will be when you bring the kids fishing \:D


Deal! heck I ain't got but about 2 dollars per bottle in it \:\)
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#3199241 - 03/21/13 10:21 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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It's not about the money........Now, if only this weather would cooperate.
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#3207778 - 03/29/13 02:18 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: TAFKAP]
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Try using ELDERBERRIES. My has made wine with elderberries for years, and its a really good dry wine. Plus elderberries are very plentiful in July. Just be careful. Elderberries can be poisonous when eaten alone, but fermented with a little sugar and water they are great!
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#3207779 - 03/29/13 02:18 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: HeadHunter23]
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Oh, and they are good for you. Very good for your immune system.
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#3207836 - 03/29/13 02:55 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: HeadHunter23]
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Soooo many ideas...too few fermenters.
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#3207993 - 03/29/13 05:25 PM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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hMMM, LOOKS GOOD!
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