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    The White Grape Juice shortage thread .

    i have made 8 x 1 gallon batches of various fruit tes bag wines using sultanas. i substituted 250g of part blended sultanas to each litre of grape juice needed, (in the tea bag case, i used 500g of sultanas per gallon. its a mess when you first start, all the sultana pulp floats to the top...
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    portable co2 system for corny keg

    Thanks. Will check them out.
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    portable co2 system for corny keg

    Hi all, I use a large pub co2 bottle for my corny kegs, but I would like to carbonate up a keg of cider for my brother and take it round his. Fine, until there isn't enough co2 left to dispense. What could he use co2 - wise to top up , so he can keep pouring ? Midget widget too...
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    The White Grape Juice shortage thread .

    thanks, i've just bought some of the litre chilled juices from tesco - mango, raspberry, pineapple etc. i plan to follow the wurzels orange wine recipe, substituting 250g of sultana 'soup' for the 1 litre of wgj. will post up how i get on :)
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    The White Grape Juice shortage thread .

    Cool, thanks for that. I'm going to work on some sultanas today. I'm just thinking of the most efficient way to extract their sugar. Unfortunately I don't have a food processor or mincer. Could I put them in a blender with some water ? To make a kind of sultana soup . I could strain out...
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    The White Grape Juice shortage thread .

    I too cannot find any wgj anywhere. Was wondering how / what ratio to use sultanas instead ? These are plentiful and cheap. Other than fermenting on pulp, could you mince, boil and strain ? Might experiment with perhaps a kilo in 2 litres of water and take a hydrometer reading to see sugar...
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    ive watered down my wine too much.

    Hi all, back six months ago, when making elderberry wine, I made a newbie mistake. I made 3 gallons of wine, and when racked and clear, I was left without 2.5 gall. I didn't have a half gallon demi and didn't think of using a 2 litre pop bottle, so I divided it between 3 demi johns and topped...
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    tray to keep auto syphon in sterilizer

    hi all, anyone have any ideas what i could use to keep an auto syphon submerged in star-san ? i've seen wallpaper trays on ebay, but they all come from usa. interested to hear what anyone else uses, its tricky finding a plastic tray long enouh over here:ugeek:
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    calculating alcohol when using fruit pulp.

    Sorry. I just read moleys posts, (should have done this first) ! and I think I am sorted now. unless i have got it wrong - plums have about 10% sugar, so 12.5 kilos will yield about 1.2 kilo sugar . With an estimated 90% extraction , ( does this mean after straining ?) it will come to...
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    calculating alcohol when using fruit pulp.

    Hi all. Could someone explain in simple terms. How to calculate the potential alcohol when using fruit pulp / carton grape juice / sugar ? Here's my scenario: Been given a load of plums, so am roughly following the recipe for Victoria plum wine in the boots book. But stepped up the...
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    egg smell coming from cider kit in corny keg

    Hi all, I left my bulldog mixed berry cider in primary for ten days, added finings and kegged when it was almost completely clear a few days later. However there is still quite a sulphur smell when I poured a sample today. Will this eventually go with time ? I have read you can "wash" the...
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    how to stop beer becoming too carbobated.

    when i first set up i had about 4 foot of 3/8 line and i was getting too much head, but that was before i really knew what i was doing and the beer was too carbonated, so maybe with your less carbonated mild a 3/8 line may be ok??? now i have about 2 x ten foot lines but they are 5/16 ...
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    how to stop beer becoming too carbobated.

    Thanks. That's probably my problem, leaving them sitting at too high a pressure for fear of the seals not sitting tight. Will lower the pressure and see how I get on.
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    how to stop beer becoming too carbobated.

    Hi all, my setup at present is 4 corny kegs in a large chest freezer with an stc 1000 set at 10 oc. I have followed the carbonation charts to good effect so far. Generally for my ales setting to 15 psi for 5 days, then disconnecting the gas , and then leaving at this pressure. If I want...
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