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Old 10-30-2016, 12:31 PM   #1
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Anyone here into Wine Making?

I just started and am on my first 5 gallon batch. Just using grape juice till I get the hang of it. Shooting for 13% - 14% alcohol.

Day 3 of primary fermentation so far, Airlock is bubbling nicely. Using a PET Carboy.
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Yes it is a fun hobby. We have done raspberry, strawberry wine in the past. This is our first year with pear. We have had good success with it. Beer is more difficult - a lot more variables to watch. I have a good batch, then a not so good batch with it.
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Not me, although we are into wine drinking!

If you haven't run into him (?) on the boards yet, forum member "winemaker" is undoubtedly into it. Early Retirement & Financial Independence Community - View Profile: Winemaker
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Old 10-30-2016, 03:38 PM   #4
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I make every type of beverage - wine, beer, mead, cider, maybe some other stuff too. I made mostly fruit wines for years, which came out pretty well, and tried grape concentrate from a can, but wasn't happy with that. Since moving to wine country, I've had access to top-quality winegrapes, and was amazed at what good wine could be made from those - especially when compared to canned juice! It's a great hobby - not so great for the liver, though!
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I did it decades ago. But trying it a gain. 5 gal apple and 5 gal apple-cranberry started. Both started in 20 gal food grade trash cans (primary) and now in 5 gal carboys with air locks.

We'll see how these progress.
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Yes it is a fun hobby. We have done raspberry, strawberry wine in the past. This is our first year with pear. We have had good success with it. Beer is more difficult - a lot more variables to watch. I have a good batch, then a not so good batch with it.
so where do you get your fruit for your wine?
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When I lived in apple country in Lehigh Valley PA, I would make a couple of carboys of apple and Seyval Blanc. I would warm the apple wine and spice it up a bit for Halloween. I always wondered why my home was popular with the adults but the kids not so much.
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I make every type of beverage - wine, beer, mead, cider, maybe some other stuff too.
The nice thing about wine making is if it tastes bad you can always use it to make the "Other" stuff.
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I used to do it a lot, last yr I sold off my 6 carboys and everything else to a budding winemaker.
It was fun, I used the kits and also did it from crushed grapes, and even just fresh apple juice.

It's a very popular in Canada as wine tends to be more expensive up there, but here in USA there is less incentive, since I can buy a bottle of Chardonnay or Savignon at Aldi's for ~$3 including the tax.
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It is an intoxicating hobby in more ways than one.

DW and I have enjoyed wine for over 35 years, as well as food. Both compliment each other.

I have made wine from fresh fruit, frozen fruit, juice, kits, concentrate, local grapes, California grapes, Chilean grapes, South African grapes and Italian juice. It has been said around the house that if anything doesn't keep moving around the house, it will end up in a fermentor!

Often our travel plans include stops at vineyards, trade shows/conferences, and wineries. I spend a minimum of 2 hours a day tending to my rewarding obsession.
I also volunteer/help local wineries.

It's a hobby that can take you in so many directions, from a curiosity phase to all out attempts to make the finest wine in the land. It depend on commitment, desire, and budget.

If anybody wants any info, help, or advice feel free to PM me.

I do brew beer but not so much.
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I'm interested in trying making some wine. Any suggestions on a starter wine kit?
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For the Experts, I started my 5 gal fermenting 4 days ago.

After 2 Days, Airlock Bubbled about once every second obvious froth on the top.
After 3 Days, airlock bubbled at about once every 2 secs, no froth just small bubbles on top.
today it is once every 3 secs or so, is that normal?

I am going to check PH and rack it on the 7th day, is there anything else I need to add?

Also I am shooting for 13 - 14% Alcohol, what is the best way to terminate fermenting?

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Are you hoping to get a dry wine? What variety of wine is it?

Your final Alcohol % will be a function of what the Brix (sugar concentration) was before fermentation started, and how dry you can get it.

You can't really know if you are done based upon bubbles. You need a decent hydrometer to measure the progress of fermentation.
Have you visited any of the internet sources for winemaking information? There are a couple of really good ones, and some pretty bad ones.
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Are you hoping to get a dry wine? What variety of wine is it?

Your final Alcohol % will be a function of what the Brix (sugar concentration) was before fermentation started, and how dry you can get it.

You can't really know if you are done based upon bubbles. You need a decent hydrometer to measure the progress of fermentation.
Have you visited any of the internet sources for winemaking information? There are a couple of really good ones, and some pretty bad ones.
PH at start was 1.100

I guess, a question would be When it stops bubbling is it done? AND if it does not stop after I reach my % goal how do I stop it from fermenting before Bottling?

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PH at start was 1.100

I guess, a question would be When it stops bubbling is it done? AND if it does not stop after I reach my % goal how do I stop it from fermenting before Bottling?

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I think you are confusing pH with the specific gravity. When fermentation is done, you will have a bunch of CO2 in the wine which will also make it bubble some. Is this a red or a white?
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I think you are confusing pH with the specific gravity. When fermentation is done, you will have a bunch of CO2 in the wine which will also make it bubble some. Is this a red or a white?
Yes sorry SG I meant.

Red wine. As mentioned I am going to check SG after 7 days when I rack it. If it is 13% I would like to Stop any additional fermentation. I cannot seem to find info on it that is consistent.
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The nice thing about wine making is if it tastes bad you can always use it to make the "Other" stuff.
And that would be vinegar, right? Right??

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And that would be vinegar, right? Right??

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Of course! What else could it be?
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