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    1 Litre Grape Juice Concentrate £12.90

    I found this on eBay. It works out at half the price of other GJC. It's a bargain I think.
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    Lowictz Spotted In ASDA!

    Did some shopping in ASDA the other Friday, and whilst I was there I spotted Lowictz Raspberry syrup. It was in the international area. It's the first time I've seen it there. Just a friendly FYI athumb..
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    Ginger Wine With Homemade GJC

    Hi all, I recently made 2 gallons of ginger wine, which turned out quite nice, so I thought I'd share the recipe. Per 1 gallon I used the following: 200g peeled and finely grated ginger 250g sultanas, added to boiling water until soft, and blitzed with blender 1100g sugar 1 tsp pectilase for...
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    Ginger Wine With Homemade GJC

    Hi all, I haven't posted for a while because I've been experimenting. I've spent a couple of months trying different yeasts, additives and techniques. My most recent experiment was ginger wine. I made 1 gal a couple of months ago, and it took ages with stuck ferments etc, but this time I...
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    Tropical WOW

    It's been a while since I've posted due to some disillusion with brewing, but I'm over it and brewing again. I think I've cracked it. I've tried loads of different yeasts and I think I've found a winner. So many yeasts turned my wine into a volcano of foam, but I started using Young's...
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    "Super" Yeast - Not That Super!

    Albert Einstien said - "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result" - If this is the case I should phone the men in white coats to come and get me! :doh: I've been using Young's Super Yeast and Vinclasse Super Yeast (pot version) to make my wines. They...
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    Is it finished? Paranoid over bottle bombs!

    Hi all, Scott here, I've got a gallon of Orange WOW fermenting, and 3 weeks ago I took a reading of 1.000 while it was on a heat tray. It's still giving the occasional bubble, but when i tested the S.G. today it was still 1.000. Is it just the heat making it bubble? I've taken it off...
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    Show Mead

    Hi all, I've just finished a gallon of Show Mead. I found out that Mead shouldn't be racked until it is finished. It cleared brilliantly as my Mead always seem to, without finnings. I had a stuck ferment, which always seems to happen, but I also found out that you should add more...
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    First Attempt At Ginger Wine

    Hi all, Just put together a gallon of Ginger wine. Ingredients: 125g peeled and grated Ginger 1kg white sugar 500ml Grape juice concentrate 1/8 tsp epsom salts (Magnesium Sulphate) 1/2 tsp Tannin powder 3 tsp acid Yeast and nutrient Added Ginger, sugar and acid to 2 ltrs water...
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    Potassium Sorbate Didn't Stop Fermentation

    Hi all, I've made a gallon of orange wine, which has gone ok. It fermented to SG 1.000 within a week, so I thought I'd add potassium sorbate to stop the fermentation. I added 1/2 tsp to warm water, then added to the wine and stirred it. The problem is it didn't stop the bubbling. Have I...
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    7 Day Orange Wine

    Hi all, I made a batch of orange wine on the 23.09.17, and within 7 days it was done. Is that normal? I normally make Mead (with varying degrees of success) so I'm not used to it going that fast, plus it tastes great! I didn't go by the WOW recipe, more a fusion of WOW and a recipe from...
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    DIY Grape Jruit Concentrate Experiment

    Hi Guys, I haven't been around for a while, but I'm back brewing. Today I experimented making GJC from Sultanas. I bought White GJC (Vinclasse) just to see what it registered in the SG scale (SG 1.130+). I then did the following: Boiled 500ml of water Washed 1lb of Sultanas Place...
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    Reducing Acidity With Calcium Carbonate (Limestone Flour)

    Hi folks, I've made 2 djs of Apple Turbo. It has finished fermentation, but it has come out really tart. I've read that you can use certain additives to reduce acidity, but I have no experience doing it. Any advice would be gratefully received. I'm going to back sweeten with sucralose...
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    No Rinse Sanitiser

    Hi folks, I bought a no rinse sanitiser, sodium percarbonate, for bottling and stuff, but I'm not sure if I need to wait for 1 hour when it turns into oxygen and water. Surely bottling when the sanitiser is still active would be a mistake. Any advice would be great as I've looked for the...
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    Mead Madness!

    Hi folks, On Thursday I started 1 gallon of mead, and it's gone nuts! I read that Mead can be hard to get going, but so far it's bubbling like mad. 1.8kg of Honey (4lb) £5.40 from ASDA 1 tsp yeast (rehydrated for 15 minutes) 1 tsp of nutrient 3 ltrs water All done as per fatdad's...
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    Turbo Tuesday!

    Hi folks, Yesterday I knocked together 2 dj of apple cider, both a bit of an experiment. One had 125g of chopped sultanas, and one with a bit of acid because the juice was really sweet and I wanted to see if it would give it a bit of bite. I'm a bit green when it comes to HB, and I've got...
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    PH 3.5 Do I need to add acid?

    Hi all, Just started 2 dj of apple juice, from a supermarket, to make cider (is it turbo?). I tested the PH, and it came out approx 3.5. Do I need to add acid? I have citric, malic and tartaric acid, in powder form, in my collection. I've added 1 campden tab and pectilase to both, and I'm...
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    Young's Elderflower Wine Kit - First Ever Brew!

    Hi everyone, Just racked 2 dj of wine from kits. The process was a bit of a steep learning curve. All trial and error. Made loads of mistakes, but learnt loads too. They cleared up lovely after I racked them, stabilised and added finings. Racked them again today in preparation for...
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    Campden Tablets And Potassium Sorbate

    Hi all, Just thought I'd share something I've just read about stopping fermentation. On the Wikipedia website I was reading about campden tablets, and it says that campden tabs alone are not enough to stop fermentation, you should use Potassium Sorbate also. However, I have read in a book...
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    Like a bad penny : )

    Hi everyone, I'm not new, but I haven't posted for a long time. I've just started making wine for the first time and now I'm hooked. I really like the forum, and I'm looking forward to sharing my successes (and failures) with you.