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#3174555 - 02/24/13 11:47 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: Trapper John]
quickfire
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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]
Mike Belt
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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]
Trapper John
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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]
BamaProud
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Thanks.
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#3196805 - 03/19/13 03:34 AM Re: My first shot at winemaking [Re: BamaProud]
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]
BamaProud
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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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