Strawberry Wine 17/11/2018

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  1. Nov 26, 2018 #21

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    Down here our local Council (East Lindsey District Council) are unable to even tell us what the Water Rates were before it was privatised so Anglian Water are getting away with charging water rates that are about 300% above inflation!

    Also, any profits that they make (literally millions of pounds per annum) are mainly used to swell the coffers of Australian and Canadian Pension Funds!

    BTW, in the UK it's becoming almost traditional for the management of bigger firms to rob the Pension Funds of their workers; and all our Government does it to wring its hands, agree that it's a total disgrace and then do nothing about it!

    Robert Maxwell (famous for stealing the Mirror Group Pension Fund) died back in 1991 and yet as recent as this year (27 years later) there have been similar frauds ...

    ... and we worry about the state of our brewing water?
     
  2. Nov 30, 2018 #22

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    1st Rack done, FG 995 so around 10% ABV :thumba:

    Pics to follow
     
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  3. Nov 30, 2018 #23

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    Wine thief getting ready for testing the FG
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    Racking off using an auto syphon into a clean demi john
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    Degassing for 5 min
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    Adding in the file few packets mainly the Strawberry Add Back
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    On the wedge, Just need to add 1 more packet tomorrow night and then wait to clear
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  4. Dec 1, 2018 #24

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    Great thread love the wedge, one thing I did notice you say degassed for 5 minutes i use the same method but only do it for a minute using the forward for 5 seconds reverse for 5 seconds method doing it for 5 minutes is more likely to add oxygen than remove more CO2. :thumba:
     
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  5. Dec 1, 2018 #25

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    I have made the thread a sticky as it'll serve as a nice how to guide for any new members wanting to try kits. :thumba:
     
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  6. Dec 1, 2018 #26

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    Was not 100% sure how long to do it for, so i did forward and reverse for around 5 min. Will bare that one in mind
     
  7. Dec 1, 2018 #27

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    I know some members do it longer and there is no right or wrong way but i know through experience the wine will clear perfectly after only a minutes degassing , give it a try next time and see if it works for you. wink...
     
  8. Dec 5, 2018 #28

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    Wine looks like it has cleared, will filter it tomorrow and then on to the bottling
     
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  9. Dec 6, 2018 at 6:08 AM #29

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    I have never used a filter but have read they can strip out flavour and as the Solomon Grundy kits are at the low end of the price range you may want to avoid that risk, I have made their kits before and they cleared perfectly without filtering.
     
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  10. Dec 9, 2018 at 2:24 PM #30

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    I have not filtered yet, got a little busy but it is looking very clear. Does filtering really remove flavour?
    You have put me in a position now, as im about to "filter" and bottle it hmmmmmmmmm
     
  11. Dec 9, 2018 at 3:02 PM #31

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    I have never filtered a wine but remember one member Tonyhibbet (i think it was him) posted about this a long time ago, i don't know anyone that filters their "kit" wines and the instructions don't tell you to do it so to be honest i wouldn't bother.
     
  12. Dec 9, 2018 at 6:12 PM #32

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    Ok so i have always filtered my wines so i decided to stay with what i have previously done.

    2nd Racking after Fining and Clearing
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    Then put through the Harris Filter
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    Then it was into the bottling bucket where i stirred in 160g of brewing sugar to sweeten and straight into the bottles
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    Almost there just corking next, I let the corks soak in some Star San for a few min before corking
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    So here is the line up so far 5 Bottles in total - may have been trying the wine a little much during the process
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    Last thing i want to do is Shrink Cap and Label the bottles, Which i will do during the week

    So what date is correct to put on the bottle, bottling or pitching?

    Oh and yes it tastes epic
     
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  13. Dec 10, 2018 at 5:59 AM #33

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    Great thread.

    I hate bottling especially 30 bottle kits so use screw top bottles and novotwist caps to speed it up.
     

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