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The product of fermented fruit juice, usually from grapes.

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Air distiller - attempting to turn bottled wine into spirits

Using an air distiller top table system. I would like no ferment mash and just distill wine off the grocery store shelf. But I need help, with knowing how to make it happen. There’s two videos that ...
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Is it fine to add beet root for colouring in the middle of fermentation?

It's been 3 days of fermentation, I added beet root for colouring in the middle of fermentation. I used china globe grape (not that red), and after hours later the bubbles getting lesser
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Wine fermentation containers and headspace

I'm starting my first attempt at wine-making, so please pardon the noob question.... I have two 6 gallon buckets with airlocks. But the "Winexpert" kit I've got recommends 8 gal for primary, ...
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Impact of different gravities for the same ABV

We can have the same ABV with diferents gravities. My reading for watermelon wine is: 1.064 0.997 =8.79% However I found some recipes with readings like this to the same type of wine. 1.090 1.023 =8....
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Does humidity matter for ageing wine in screw top bottles

Nearly all articles about ageing wine say it is important to control the humidity. However if you try to find out why the answers are all about preventing the cork from drying out. Here in New ...
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What is ageing in terms of chemical bonds?

I'd like to know in terms of chemical bonds, what ageing actually means. It should also explain the "smoothness" of a finely aged wine.
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c02 production during secondary fermentation

I just moved my wine from the primary fermentation bucket to a carboy with an auto siphon. I had some trouble with the auto siphon. It worked fine when I tested it out with water. But when I used it ...
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Wine has no or little smell to it

I’m experimenting with mango wine and produced different batches using fresh local mangoes. My latest batch has little or no smell to it. It basically smells like alcohol and the bouquet is ...
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First batch of wine, forgot the Campden - did I just mess up the whole thing?

I just tried to make wine for the first time. Manderin oranges, sugar, water, yeast, tea for tannin the whole kit and kaboodle! In a rush, I forgot to add the Campden tablet prior to doing all this ...
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Can you use bentonite before fermentation? Conflicting sources

Can you use bentonite before fermentation, or must it be used after fermentation? This source says you can use it before pitching yeast. https://winemakersacademy.com/bentonite-clarify-wine/ Some kit ...
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Have some bacteria on cabernet sauvignon - I need help finding out what it is

I'm producing two wines at the same time; one merlot and one cabernet sauvignon. Both grapes are from Hungary. Currently both wines are in the in the resting phase (total of 6 month, currently in the ...
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How to approximate when half the sugar has been fermented

The EC-1118 datasheet suggests a procedure wherein you pitch the full amount of yeast in 10% of the total volume of your liquid, and let it ferment until approximately half the sugar is used up, and ...
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Accidentally added yeast in first 24 hours

I am making plum wine. The recipe said mash the fruit, cover with water, add a campden tablet and pectinase and leave for 24 hours before adding other ingredients. I through the yeast in at the same ...
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Cold Crashing Mead. Need help with details

How long should I cold crash a mead for? Is it possible to get haze in the mead from being cold crashed too long? The yeast is 71B, and it is one gallon. I had to take the airlock off to put it in ...
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Bottling Advice

I am bottling my first wine soon. However, I am not sure if I should invest in a winged corker, or a floor corker. What are the pros and cons of each, and which should I invest in?
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Slow but effective fermentation

I have successfully made several (at least 15) gallons of homemade wine, and only really had one come out undrinkable (was black cherry experiment, made a decent cooking wine) I started with a simple ...
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Is there a sediment from clearing pectin haze?

Does the use of pectic enzyme leave a sediment as pectin haze clears? I have a couple gallons of jalapeno wine with a diluted apple base that I have added additional pectic enzyme to, and I'm ready ...
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Can I distill contaminated wine?

15 days ago I started a batch of wine from a Wine Kit. I went to measure the SG to begin the next step when I found the wine had a film layer at the top. Anyway I phoned the place that sold it to me ...
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Rinsing frozen red currants

I picked some garden grown red currants a good while ago and threw them straight in the freezer without washing them. I'm planning on making wine with them soon. Most recipes I've read recommend ...
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Liquid yeast in wine making

I've been making beer at home for quite some time now and can definitely see the difference between dry and liquid yeast (especially in some beer styles like hefeweizen). In my area there is a long ...
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Fast secondary fermentation (wine)

I put my wine in secondary at 1.025 and in 1 day it was down the 1.002. Why so fast? Did I do something wrong? Do I just let fermentation play out or do I stop it?
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differences acid blend formulation

E.C. Kraus AC190 acid blend for wine making uses the following formulation: 50% Citric acid 25% Malic acid 25% Tartaric acid LD Carlson acid blend is composed of the following: 40% Citric Acid 50% ...
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Batch Management - How do you manage your batches for container volume?

So what do you feel is the best way to manage batch sizes? Personally make oversize batches and try to fit it in the largest carboy I have. For subsequent rackings, I will size the carboy down a size ...
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What is the best wine filtering system?

As a hobbyist who produces at least 5 gallons a week of wine, what filtering system do you recommend? I am also looking at transfer pumps as well. I am getting older and have torn rotator cuffs and ...
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How do you feel about Swing Top wine bottles?

The question says it all. I am sure they are great for wines that will be consumed young, but what about for wines you are going to store for longer periods of time? Months, years?
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Can I add yeast and sugar during the first 10 days?

I have a wine that's been on primary fermentation for 10 days and still haven't seen any activity in the airlock. I think that the reason is the sugar and the yeast needed to be added. I saw in some ...
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Does Dark Cherry Wine from Pure Juice always produce this much lees and how do you handle it?

So for fun I decided to try making wine from Dark Cherry Juice (Knudsen Pure Pressed Dark Cherry). I was surpised to fine the native SG of the juice was 1080. I was almost tempted to just ferment it ...
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Reuse the must to continue winemaking

Can I simply add more fruit and sugar to a batch of must once I have drawn off the majority of the first fermentation?
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Can methanol be formed when brewing a rice wine?

Most people consider home wine brewing safe, regarding the methanol dose that is being produced. Wikipedia mentions 2012 methanol poisoning incident in Cambodia, caused by drinking home-made rice ...
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Welch's 100% Grape Juice with Calcium/ yeast

I am planning to make a wine using Welch's 100% Grape Juice with Calcium ! Is the calcium problem here !
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Wine blending from different years

As a home winemaker, I try to focus on one varietal per year. This allows me to do the harvest, crush, press and all associated cleaning only ONCE per year in the fall. But it does limit my blending ...
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Delayed Project

I have a wine making kit, the must is for making an "old vine" zinfandel. However, I purchased it just prior to moving and it was never opened and never make into wine. Would it be worth even trying ...
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Barrel fermenting (white) wine. Questions and assumptions

I am wondering if it is possible to barrel ferment white grapes/wine. I can only find information on the web about red wines. In regards to this process I have some questions and assumptions; I hope ...
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Sensor for measuring alcohol content of wine

I would like to know if there is a sensor that can monitor its alcohol content and displaying it to my LCD display. Your answers would be a great help to my dreams. I'm a computer engineer taking my ...
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Is there an easy way to test alchol content after brewing wine? [duplicate]

I'm making blackberry wine, is there any cheap and easy way to find the alcohol content after brewing? (Ive lost my barometer reading from before)
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How long should I give pectic enzyme to takle hazy finished fruit wine?

I've got a gallon of really sweet, 16.5% kiwi wine. The fermentation has not been completely stopped but haze didn't settle with time or after I used fining agent. A quick test with methylated spirit ...
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Is it necessary to pasteurize frozen juice concentrate used for brewing?

For my ciders, I've always either pasteurized the juice when I've started with fruit, or else used pasteurized bottled juice. It seems to me that frozen concentrate should be a quick & dirty (...
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Do I have to use Campden tablets every time I expose my wine to external factors?

So, I'm pretty concerned about infections, seeing as my very first try ended in sauerkraut-smelling disappointment. I've got a gallon of quite sweet kiwi wine at about 16.5% ABV. The fermentation is ...
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Combine kits into one batch

The kit retailer supplies 2ea. 7liter bags for two kits to produce 60 bottles of wine. Can I combine the two grape juice bags into one batch to produce 30 bottles of wine? With the hopes of having ...
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Staggered 2 primary fermentations. Then fermentation started in the Demi again. Is the wine ok?

So i decided to try grape wine last year since my friend had a backyard full of grapes that were going to go to waste. My process ended up a little complicated and now I wonder if it’s still ok. I ...
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My mead wont stay carbonated!

I have a strawberry mead that I am attempting to make sparkling. I added sugar drops to each bottle (Im bottling in 12 oz bottles) and after about a week it seems very carbonated but when I pop the ...
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Do I have to bottle my wine immediately after stopping the fermentation?

I have a gallon of very sweet kiwi wine. I've racked it twice already but after couple months in at it's current stage it still hasn't cleared. I want to let it sit in the carboy until it does clear ...
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Yeast or not to yeast, that is the question

So this is the third year I am making home made wine from a combination of red (75%) and white(25%). In the past the person in which I purchased from had a big industrial blender of sorts and gave me ...
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How long can you wait till you add the proper yeast

I crushed my grapes added 5 lbs sugar and a wild yeast killer pectic enzyme. I haven't got the yeast for the correct grape wine process. It's been 6 days. The temperature has been maintained around ...
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How to fix too much water in wine?

I am making wine per this recipe http://www.farminmypocket.co.uk/home-brewing/recipes-home-brewing/elderberry-wine-recipe I quadrupled the quantities to give me 18L. At the point where I am supposed ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of various ways of going for a sweet wine?

In reading up on the subject online I found there exist various ways of making sweet wine. However, each source seems to claims different dangers / disadvantages of doing things the 'wrong way'. I ...
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I accidentally stirred all the lees into my wine during first racking. Now (1 day later) secondary has lots (+1cm) of sediment. Should I rack again?

Making some kiwi wine (exciting!). When transferring from primary to secondary getting the fruit pulp was a bit of a mess and I inevitably stirred all the lees into the wine. Now, after only 1 day in ...
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Wine or cider yeast for ale

I'm a noob brewer and being distracted added boiling water to my yeast. I added cold water immediately however I'm afraid I may have committed yeastocide. The only place I could think of around me ...
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Unfermented Wine - What to do?

I had a real problem with this years Zinfandel. It got delivered at 29 brix which I think is the source of the problem. I added 13% water to try to get it down around 25 brix at the 72 hour mark ...
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Making wine from vine grapes

I bought a house that happens to have a grape vine producing lots of fruit. They are quite small (approx 12mm diameter) and not very sweet, but black in colour. I do not know the varietal. Can anyone ...

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