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    How do you store your Demijohns when not in use?

    I collected a load of free brewing equipment courtesy of the local freecycle group yesterday, which was nice. I now have the problem of trying to store 8 demijohns. It's not a huge amount, but it is a large number but I don't have room for. At the moment they're on the floor of the garage, which...
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    Red wine kit quality

    I'm not an expert but I think 16 is a bit low. I've just bottled some DIY Prosecco and it took 35 days to finish fermenting, again in a cool kitchen around 16-17 degrees. It tastes fine, just took it's time. As it's a kit, what do your instructions say to leave it to? 0.996 sounds as though...
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    Prosecco!!

    As per my previous post promise, here is the review: Wife and daughter both agree the that it's a very nice tasting wine but when opened, it went "PHUT". No fizz whatsoever :-( It's got a nice bouquet too. I'm tempted to bung in some more yeast into the remaining bottles and see if I can't get...
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    Home brew sparkling wine / prosecco clone

    UNCANNY!!! I was just about ask how these corks are supposed to work...... Thank you. And you can stop reading my mind now..... stop it.... stop it...
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    Home brew sparkling wine / prosecco clone

    Following in the vein of the OP subject: I wonder if the recent wildfires in California will affect supplies? Having just been impressed by a recent first brewing of California Connoisseur Shiraz it would be ironic if it's the last because of them.
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    Prosecco!!

    After seeing the various recipes for Clone Prosecco I decided I'd have a go; Christmas is coming and the wife and daughter love the stuff so a good clone will save me a mint! Anyhow, the recipe I chose said to use White Grape Juice...hah! Could I find WGJ anywhere? I eventually decided I'd try...
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    Red wine kit quality

    Following on from my earlier posts: I've just bottled a 6 bottle California Connoisseur Shiraz kit, and first tasting seems a vast improvement on the earlier kit. I've put some bottles in the garage rack, (out-of-site, out-of-mind), in the hope they'll improve with age. It'll be a terrible irony...
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    Red wine kit quality

    "mouse". It smelt sour and musty, and tasted the same. I'd never heard of the term but that's what they said.
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    Red wine kit quality

    I have to echo your feelings about the Beaverdale Shiraz. The words "indifferent" and "average" spring to mind when considering the quality of the end product. And it definitely didn't have any Shiraz-like qualities! I can't fault their customer support mind you. My first brew tasted terrible...
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