The product of fermented fruit juice, usually from grapes.

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It is necessary to sanitize my wine thief after primary fermentation

I have made several batches of wine from kits and a few batches of mead. One of the things that must be done after primary fermentation is to test the specific gravity. The wine kits I have used ...
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Why do kit wines age differently?

Most kit wines claim they're ready to drink in a month or two. I've found they're much better at 6 months or so. But when making wine from grapes, it seems everyone recommends aging at least a year, ...
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Winemaking Clubs in Greater DC area

Is anyone aware of wine making clubs in the greater Washington, DC area? I'd prefer Maryland, but beggars can't be choosers. I've checked Winemaker Magazine's list of clubs, but no luck.
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How to adjust my wine?

I'm looking for some general advice/recommended reading, etc. I've made a few wine kits and they've all come out OK. I feel I have the general process down and I'm ready to start with perhaps ...
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Consequences of pouring instead of siphoning wine after primary fermention

Would it be a problem if I did not siphon my peach-wine-in-the-making after the primary fermentation, but rather poured it directly into the carboy?
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Pomegranate wine colour?

The pictures of pomegranate wine I have seen on the internet seem like very dark red wine. The one I made however looked like a milkish pink. What can account for the difference? How can I control the ...
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Is it better to age a wine in bottles rather than bulk aging?

My partner and I are brewing a 6-gallon wine batch, and we disagree over when to bottle it. It's been in the carboy for approximately 8 months, and I've read here and on other sites that bulk aging ...
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Can I keep mead/wine in stainless steel bottles?

So what do you use for bottling? I'm really starting to look into stainless steel bottles. There are companies that make them (with customized artwork, no less) for conference shwag but you could ...
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Does artificial light degrade wine?

http://www.atgstores.com/wine-racks/nexxt-design-fn01459-8-ellington-wine-rack_g1354109.html?rmk=1833&af=2264&linkloc=reCanonical I can put that in a spot with no sunlight. Will my wine ...
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how to calculate proper proportions to make drinkable wine [closed]

it's (fairly) easy to read a recipe that's already out there, or use a kit that someone else has already pre-packaged all the ingredients. but i would like to take it to the next step and be able to ...
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How do I make grape wine at 60%ABV, that tastes good?

Its my first time. I want to make some wine. Please tell me how I increase my wines alcohol percentage around 60%. Is it possible, Does anyone know the process? How much yeast, should I use in the ...
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Can I use wine yeast to ferment beer?

Can I use wine yeast to ferment a beer? What sort of problems might I encounter that are unique to wine yeast trying to ferment malt sugars? What sort of flavor differences might I encounter?
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First time wine maker question

My hibiscus wine recipe says to ferment to dryness before racking to the secondary carboy. It's been almost a month, and the bubbling has died down. Is it time to rack?
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How do i clear the batch after fermentation?

I have tried to use many things to clear wine or fermented beverage. Things like cloth, paper towels and coffee filters, non of these work well, but what is the most effective way to clear out the ...
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My cider tastes like red wine!

Soooo... I'm totally a newbie here and this is my first batch of cider. I have a fermentation bucket with an airlock. I used Lalvin dried wine yeast. I made my cider about a month ago using apples. ...
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What makes a cider/wine turn watery after a few months?

I made a cider with the below recipie and I have noticed that as it ages it is starting to get a watery taste. What would cause this? The bottles are stored out of sunlight and are never moved till I ...
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Thoughts on increasing flavor of blueberry wine

I just sampled my blueberry wine that's been aging for a couple of months now in the carboy. A generous description would be "light bodied." There's not a lot of flavor. Alcohol, yes, but just a ...
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What kind of wine should I use to top off my wine during clarification?

After secondary fermentation, when I rack, add the stabilizers, and degas, I've been told it's best to top-off with additional wine (commercial or left-over from an old batch) to minimize the surface ...
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Making rice wine

I am brewing rice wine using baker's yeast. Can i use baker's yeast for brewing rice wine? Will it affect to the quality of wine? I want to also know, can it get over fermented? What happens during ...
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Why is potassium metabisulphite preferred to sodium by some sources?

I have read a number of sources that recommend the use of potassium metabisulphite or potassium-based campden tablets in preference to their sodium-based equivalents (e.g. Jack Keller states that he ...
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Is it necessary to top off wine in a carboy?

Inspired by Ron's post here, I'm wondering how necessary it is to top off a carboy of wine that is aging. I have 5 containers of mead/wine right now and they all have headspace. Not a ton but they ...
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Starting out with fruit wine?

I have never brewed, but I am playing with the thought of starting to make fruit wines. While I can get very good alcohol of other categories, fruit wines are rare, and some types are not sold here at ...
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Reading a 3 scale hydrometer

My dad bought me a hydrometer and then left the country. Now I don't know how to read all measurements. 1st scale: 1-13% (I presume this is the potential alc scale) 2nd scale: 1-26 3rd scale: 1-28 ...
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Can I ferment mead without campden tablets?

I think that campden tablets lend an odor to my mead that requires my letting the wine breathe for a while. I get headaches from this too. Assuming I'm right about this, would pasteurization of the ...
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What can I do with the pressed grapes (mash) after getting the juice out?

What can I do with the pressed grapes after getting the juice for making wine? It smells so good. It seems a shame to just throw it all away.
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How to store leftover fermenting wine for reuse later?

I've got a decent amount of leftover wine (ginger) after racking from my primary to a couple of demijohns. I want to use this for the topping up when I eventually rerack in a few months' time but I'm ...
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what to use to top off blueberry wine?

What should I use to top off my carboy of blueberry wine? I don't want to add water if I can help it. Adding more juice will just start fermenting again. Any suggestions on an acceptable wine to ...
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Is one fermenter better than another for brewing beer or cider?

I have the options of a plastic barrel fermenter that has a screw on lid or a plastic pail type fermenter with a snap on lid. I mainly brew beers and ciders but am looking at getting into wine and ...
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Why does my beer taste a little like wine?

I'm a beginner homebrewer. I've brewed 3 beers, one from a Muntons and two from Brewferm brewkits. They were quite good, me and my friends liked them, but each one's taste reminded me a little bit of ...
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Wine brewing guide

Is there a good guide for how to brew wine from grapes online? I have searched around and have found very bad and inconsistent instructions. A lot of what I found makes me nervous about lack of ...
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Can I use a 5 gallon carboy for a 3 gallon batch of wine?

I have a 3 gallon wine kit about ready to go from primary in a plastic bucket to secondary in a carboy. This is a port style, so I think I should be getting more fermentation action once I'm in the ...
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Do I need a press to make wine from grapes?

Do I need a press to make wine from grapes? Are there cheap alternatives? If I need a press is there a cheap way I can make one?
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How to tell if a cider is finished without hydrometer

EDITED I have a cider that I have made following the steps on CraigTube for his Hard Apple Cider. The only difference is that I have used Champagne yeast and the batch is 22L. I know you are all ...
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Wine Brewing on Lees (Sur lie)

I have recently learned about Light Lees Protocol and was wondering if someone would be able to relate some practical anecdotal experience. Is there a substantial difference in quality if you ...
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Where can I find information about the yeast Saccharomyces Bayanus?

I was able to find plenty of information about the ale yeast S. Cerevisiae and lager yeast S. Pastorianus, however information about the wine making yeast S. Bayanus appears to be more difficult to ...
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Cork in red wine starting to push itself out. Is it still safe to drink?

A friend gave us a bottle of homemade red wine a year ago. (They're Italian and they make wine every year). It's been sitting in our dining room, stored on its side. We started to notice that the ...
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What are some good online sources for recipes?

What are some good online sources for recipes? Please specify the type of recipes the site has (extract, all-grain, mead, cider, etc.).
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Flowers of Wine (Problem)

Context: I am currently working on a batch of jalapeno-cranberry wine. It's been in primary for five days so far and I am beginning to suspect I have flowers in my wine. I was not too concerned ...
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Degassing wine - how to proceed

Long time brewer, first time vintner here. Working through a winexpert Pinot Grigio kit. Primary and secondary fermentation went off without a hitch. Got to the stabilizing, degassing, and ...
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How can I tell when wine has finished degassing?

I bottled my first home made wine last week. It's an apple wine that didn't turn out so well. The good news is that I think I know most of the reasons it isn't very good and I'm going to try again ...
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sediment in wine bottle, how to serve

I made some wine recently, and I screwed up slightly. I degassed the wine the day I was going to bottle. I let it sit a couple hours expecting the sediment to settle after I "blended" the wine, ...
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What volume of brewer's yeast to use for yeast-nutrient-less dandelion wine?

I'm trying my first, 1-gallon batch of dandelion wine. Some recipes say "1 packet" of brewer's yeast, and mine doesn't even specify an amount. It also specifies to add "yeast nutrient," which my ...
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Isinglass and temperature

The wine kit that I am making uses isinglass for fining and recommends storing the wine at 70 degrees during the process. In the past I've used gelatin in my beers to clear and I know that it works ...
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Wine and yeast “clean up”

I have now decided to try my hand at some wine making as SHMBO decided she would also like to enjoy the fruits (haha) of my hobby. In the instructions for the kit I received (White Riesling) I was ...
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The isinglass in my wine kit is cloudy. Has it gone bad?

I bought a Wine Experts Pinot Grigio wine kit and the packet of isinglass is cloudy and has white bits floating around in it. I suspect it is bad. Has anyone seen that before?
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How long can organic wine be stored without chemicals?

I'm trying to store some homemade organic red wine in bottles. For how long can it be stored without using any chemicals?
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When using a drill whip to degas, how do I ensure I will not aerate the wine/mead?

Some my wine/meads have been a bit bubbly after bottling. I'm thinking the problem is I have not be degassing. If I use a drill whip, how do I ensure I will not bruise or aerate the brew?
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750 ml sparking water bottle for wine?

I've brewed a half dozen batches of beer, and I am thinking of trying my hand at making some wine for the first time. Most likely a Red. We go through a lot of 750 mL glass water bottles. I would ...
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Wine max secondary fermentation time

I started my first batch of wine a year ago, and got up to racking into secondary fermentation, but never bottled it, and then forgot about it. Is it a lost batch? Is it even safe to try?
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Raisins in basic wine recipe

Would the very small amount of oil that is added to store raisins cause a problem with basic wine recipes? I was going to make a Strawberry + Raisin recipe but noticed that all the available raisins ...