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    Using starsan with wine bottles

    I always use linky they're cheap enough that I can used 1/2 a tab per bottle or so (overkill I know), followed up by a rinse out
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    How to rescue a mead

    Swift update. Initially watery as described - sampled a smaller bottle last week and still the same, but there is something there a slight (v tiny) don't know if improvement is the word I'd use. Not much honey, but it's slightly more rounded. May be OK chilled down. So yep, time it is :)...
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    How to rescue a mead

    hmmm. Interesting on the cinnamon, I do have some ginger the freezer - could do something with that. Kind of reluctant to throw a decent honey into this brew, it'd revive it a bit, don't think it'd bring it back fully. yes, it's the honey, if you use something a bit more expensive it does show...
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    How to rescue a mead

    So as an experiment, I knew what was going to happen but I had 1/2 a packet of yeast just lying about, I concocted a mead using cheap supermarket honey (Morrison's brand). From racking into secondary, suspicions confirmed - watery, not much honey at all. I used the same recipe with some of the...
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    Supermarket Juice Wine How To guide and Recipes.

    ++ Yep, it's the improvement bit that I was thinking about
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    Supermarket Juice Wine How To guide and Recipes.

    I've seen three months recommended, don't know myself, currently working through a few bottles (apple and also some mixed peach/tropical fruit combo). The later is quite nice planning on leaving a bottle for Christmas (racked start of this month) for testing purposes. I don't think (and again...
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    Stabilising

    Thanks, there's pasteurisation I suppose, don't feel like faffing about with that. I think I'll let it sit in secondary for a good while, get some stable readings and then keep an eye on the bottles as you suggested.
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    Stabilising

    What's the consensus with stabilising something that's finished with some gravity left ? I've got a mead here, OG 1.1120, looks to have stopped @ 1.010. Using CML mead yeast, so just racking into secondary now. Happy with the sweetness. Now, when this clears up, assuming it's still stable at...
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    will my elderflower wine be sparkling?

    There'll be yeast in suspension
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    will my elderflower wine be sparkling?

    I don't think a couple of teaspoons of sugar would have added that much additional alcohol, sure there will be a little bit extra - but the main job of the priming sugar is to add carbonation. Give it a week to condition before sampling. If you need it sweeter, given the fact that you're bottle...
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    will my elderflower wine be sparkling?

    Yes - if there's gas. But to be safe make sure those bottles can take pressure
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    will my elderflower wine be sparkling?

    ++ on the pressure safe bottles. You can use pop bottles, the cheap ones from your local supermarket at a pinch
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    will my elderflower wine be sparkling?

    Bread yeast can be a bit variable even between batches, if I recall some have reported 12% with it, others less. The thing is different types of yeast have different tolerances for alcohol exceed that and it won't ferment. So no carbonation. What I'd try is take a bottle, add a teaspoon of...
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