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7/27/14 10:14 P

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One week of oaking my Malbec. Tasted it today -- a slight improvement. Anxious to see if a few more weeks brings the flavor around...

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
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7/7/14 9:04 A

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Racked my Malbec yesterday. Was not too happy with the taste, but I have not oaked it yet, and I just put in an order for some dark American oak spirals, so will rack it again when it arrives.

Patrick
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http://www.fitbit.com/user/2CKRJ7


SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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5/31/14 1:21 P

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5/26/14 10:18 P

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Racked the Malbec to a carboy late this afternoon. Will get some dark oak spirals ordered soon...

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
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3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
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5/4/14 9:27 A

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Got my bucket of Chilean Malbec yesterday. Will get it going today...

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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4/29/14 11:00 A

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I haven't brewed lately. As part of watching what I'm eating (and drinking) I've been limiting my alcohol intake to "special" events. Mostly the occasional dinner out, or beer festival/tasting (about 1x month for these). The net result of this is that I rarely drink beer at home anymore. So I haven't brewed in about 4 months.

But I will be brewing soon. My daughter is graduating from college next month, and we're having a BBQ/Party in June to celebrate. She's asked met to brew a tangerine blonde ale for the BBQ and one other beer. I think I'll do my ESB. Will let you know how they turn out.

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4/29/14 8:56 A

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Got a e-mail from my local homebrew store. My Chilean Malbec juice bucket will be in this Saturday. Very excited to get another wine going. My homebrew shop just opened a new location in the very southern tip of Delaware, so will be checking it out on Saturday in addition to picking up my juice bucket.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
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4/25/14 9:46 A

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I just ordered a bucket of fresh Chilean Malbec juice this morning. Expected to arrive in early May. Once that gets bottled, I'll have 4 different wines in my cellar: Pinot Grigio (which we are enjoying now -- this was a Chilean wine from 2 years ago), Chianti (Italy), and White Zin (California). I need to test the Chianti, as its been just about a year since it was bottled.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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2/24/14 8:26 A

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Took a little longer than planned, but finally got my White Zin bottled last evening. I sampled some as I was bottling and it tastes very good, and as I am finding with my other creations, it gets even better as it ages in the bottle. We had some the of the Pinot Grigio with my inlaws last Thursday evening with dinner and it has aged quite well! I've yet to try my Chianti since it was bottled last year, may have to open a bottle and check it out.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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2/11/14 8:54 A

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My new wine rack arrives today, so I'll be bottling my white zin this weekend! Then the next big challenge - what to try next? It'll likely be another red, since that is the kind of wine I enjoy most. Just not sure what variety and how adventurous I want to get with where the grapes will be in the process. So far I've done just grape juice kits, but I do know there are kits where you get the skins, plus I'm guessing I might even be able to get whole grapes. We shall see...

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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2/3/14 8:52 A

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Tasted my white zin and it is perfect!! Just that one cup of sugar made all the difference. I need to order a new wine bottle rack, as my first one only has 4 open slots (holds 60 bottles). Once that arrives, I'll bottle the white zin and then start thinking about my next creation!

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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1/27/14 3:27 P

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Added one cup of sugar to my white zin yesterday, and then tried it 30 minutes after mixing it in -- it is better, but still needs some more sweetening. I need to pick up some more sugar at the store and will add another cup in the next day or so. I'm using some commercially made white zin (Berringer) as my guide. I'm not going to make it quite THAT sweet, but maybe half way between where it was (VERY dry) and the Berringer white zin.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
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1/26/14 4:00 P

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Found a very easy way to add sugar to my white zin, so once I finish my SP updates, am heading downstairs to make it happen. Basically it involves taking some of the wine from the carboy, add sugar, heat to 130 - 150F, cool off mixture, put it back in the carboy (I may rack it in another carboy to help disperse the sugary solution, and test it out in a week.

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
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1/3/14 4:48 P

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What I currently have bottled:
- Lagunitas IPA Clone
- Shoultz-Meyer Brewery Third Date IPA Clone
- Green Flash Imperial IPA Clone

These were my first all grain batches, and they're all bottle conditioned.

Picked up a Counter Pressure bottle filler, and a corny for Christmas, so I hope to force carbonate my next batch, instead of bottle conditioning. Any advice?

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1/2/14 3:32 P

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On Saturday 12/28/13, My Son (visiting from Atlanta) and I brewed a clone of Pliny the Elder. Recipe calls for Whole Hops in the mash! Definitely can't wait to try this one.
Happy New Year everyone!
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1/2/14 10:23 A

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Added the stabilizers and racked my white zin yesterday. I have a new wine making book, and one of the suggestions it has is stir the stabilized wine for 3 days before adding any sugar.

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
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12/30/13 10:42 A

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I did not taste test my white zin yesterday (actually forgot to add a reminder to do so), but have been doing some reading on the mellowing issue I mentioned in my last post, and so I am thinking I am going to add some sugar to help the mellowing process. The thing I need to do is to add the stabilizers first so that my wine does not go back in to fermentation mode, so I'm going to rack the zin later this week and add the stabilizers, then do some experimenting with the amount of sugar to add (it has been suggest to pull some samples out and measure some sugar into each to find the optimal flavor).

I'll post with the results later this week.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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12/25/13 7:28 P

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Racked my white zin last evening. Still not as mellow as I would like, but did remove the oak spirals, so we'll see what it tastes like in a week or so. The Pinot Grigio I bottled over a year ago has mellowed so nicely. Even my FIL has commented on how good it tastes, so there is hope for the white zin!

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
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12/23/13 10:32 A

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Well = Here is !!!
Plenty of beer on hand
A Keg of Samuel Adams Winter Lager
A Keg of Goose Island IPA
A Keg of my Home Brew Red
My Bottles of German Cream Lager should be ready
Plus others Porters, Ales, and Stouts for my Christmas gatherings
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12/16/13 11:31 A

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Two weeks between my last taste test of my white zin...slowly but surely the oak is mellowing the flavor. Game plan is to rack the wine again next weekend and remove the oak. Planning to bottle in January...

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
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12/4/13 7:16 P

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within the next few days will bottle my German Cream lager - getting bottles ready now

I'm going to stick with it this time


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12/1/13 10:43 P

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Doing a weekly tasting of my white zin. I've been surprised at how harsh it was when I first racked and oaked it, but the oak is beginning to weave it's magic and the harshness is slowly fading away!

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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11/11/13 8:35 A

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Racked my white zin yesterday, and added 2 American White Oak (light) spirals. Taste tested it and I am still a bit surprised how dry it is. Can't wait to do my first taste test with the oak in two weeks (plan to leave the oak in for a full 6 weeks per the package directions). The zin is quite clear, so I am thinking after I rack it on 12/22 and remove the oak, I'll plan to bottle it a few weeks after that.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
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11/4/13 8:54 A

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Was supposed to rack and oak my White Zin yesterday but just ran out of time. It'll get done this evening.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
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10/22/13 9:24 A

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Moved my white zin from the bucket to the carboy on Sunday. Did a quick taste sample and surprisingly a little more drier than I expected, which I am happy about. I think I decided to go with a light American oak for the "oaking" phase, which I'll add in when I rack it in two weeks. I'm also going to have to buy another wine rack, as my first one is still pretty full of aging wines (60+ bottles). Nice problem to have!

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
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9/28/13 10:25 A

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Picked up my fresh bucket of white zinfandel grape must yesterday. Popped the lid when we got home last night and it looks and smells good. Going to put the heating belt on the bucket today to get the temp up to 75F as the directions call for. Also popped the lid but read that it is a good idea to throw a towel over the top to keep the critters out.

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
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9/23/13 3:38 P

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Just got a call from my wine/beer shop over the weekend. My white zin grape juice will be available for pickup this Friday. Since it is near the beach, DW and I are going to make an evening of it. Leave our house at 4PM, 45 minute trip to the wine/beer shop, then out for a fun evening...

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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
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9/15/13 6:13 P

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Just ordered some white zin grape juice from my shop. It is a fresh shipment coming from California, should be here in the later part of the month / early October. I'm excited!!

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
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7/12/13 9:14 A

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Starting to get the itch to get a new batch of wine going. I have chianti and pinot grigio bottle aging now, so not sure what I will do next -- maybe a rose? I'll have to see if my local homebrew shop carries it...

Patrick
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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
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2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
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The English Pale is looking good. I think I'll take a sample on Friday morning and maybe bump up the orange peel or the Kent Golding in the dry hop. Next, maybe I'll brew a toasted coconut amber ale for spring.

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Hi - going to rack the hybrid pale porter and add curacao with a vanilla bean. This is going to be so fun.

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WooHoo - the little pale porter is spitting up quite nicely in the brew closet. I really wonder how this one is going to turn out!

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bottled a Robust Porter yesterday and working on a hybrid - pale porter this morning. Mead is still in primary; an APA and and IPA aging in bottles and currently sampling a Biere de Garde.

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Never used oak in my beers when I brewed them but guessing little if any difference between that and wine...

Speaking of wine, just racked my chianti which had been soaking in some oak for the past 6 weeks. The taste is outstanding! Plan to keep in the carboy for just a week before I bottle it next week and start the aging process.

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I started an apple graff and a cranberry cider last week. Looking to start a coffee stout and a bourbon barrel ale in the next week or so. Does anyone have any experience with oak chips in beer? I was looking to probably put a few in the primary and the bulk of them in the secondary.

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Racked my Chianti again, and added the infusion spirals in -- medium plus French oak. Did a tasting -- yummy! And that was before the oak. Last racking on 3/10. Can't wait to taste it then!

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Ordered a package of Oak Infusion Spiral - pack of 2 - French Medium Plus Toast for my Chianti. Was going to build my own infuser but with the advent of the spirals, decided this was the better and easier way to go. I'll rack my Chianti again on 01/26 and the oak will go in then. Aiming for bottling towards the end of February...

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Cracked open the first bottle of the basic oatmeal stout last night. The head was a bit weak (still a nice hiss of carbonation when popping the top, though), and a good, smooth mouthfeel. It should still improve a bit with age. Need to start brewing again.

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We had some friends over for NYE, and my best friend had a chance to taste my Shiraz, which has been bottle aging since May of last year. His comment: "It tastes like what he would spend $20 in a wine store for!". Now THAT is a compliment! And I think my Pinot Grigio, which I bottled in October, will even be better! Maybe that'll be the $50 bottle!

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Bottled an oatmeal stout about 1:30am on the 25th (brewed on the 5th) and gave a sixpack as an x-mas gift later in the day. I have a koelsch up next, but I really just need to get some apple juice and make a couple gallons of Apfelwein.

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Racked my chianti yesterday -- tasted a sample and it is quite good. I'll rack it again on 01/26 and add some oak. I saw yesterday that many home brew shops are now selling oak spiral infusers, which is perfect for carboys. I was going to buy / build an infuser, but this spiral ones I think will work out much better.

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Forgot to post last month that I racked my chianti, and it is due for another racking on Tuesday. I'll do another in January and add some oak to it. Need to obtain and/or create an oak "tube" so I can drop it into the carboy.

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Checked my Chianti yesterday and the SG was at an even 1.00. Looking to get it as dry as possible (0.996 or so) before I rack it again and start to stabilize it.

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Chianti was racked to secondary this morning. SG at 1.006.

Heading to a local wine and beer festival today. There is a wine seminar at 2PM, so hoping to pick up some more hints and tips on home winemaking. I'm feeling pretty confident now, but I'm only on my 3rd batch so I'm sure that are TONS more tips to pick up.

One of the things I'm going to look for today is one of those slender oaking devices that fit nicely into a carboy. Had all sorts of fun extracting out a grain bag from my Pinot Grigio (forced me to but another carboy!), so would prefer an easier and cheaper solution. Understand they are made with PVC with holes in them.

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SG now at 1.010, so time to rack the Chianti! Have one carboy cleaned and sterilized so will get it moved later today!

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SG dropped to 1.020 this morning. If it drops again tomorrow I'll rack the Chianti to a carboy.

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In two days the gravity has dropped to 1.030...great fermenting going on! And the basement smells wonderful!

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Got the Chianti going. Gave it a good stir, initial gravity reading was 1.073. Surprised how sweet the must was, considering how dry it becomes.

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Picked up a bucket of Chianti must yesterday. Will start the fermenting today...

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Just checked the bottles of Pinot -- no corks popped out overnight! Will give it one more day before I put them in the wine rack for aging.

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Just bottled my Pinot Grigio this evening. Smells VERY good right now! Can't wait until it has done some bottle aging!

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Racking my zin off the gross lees this weekend, then on to ML ferm!

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We bottled our bourbon porter on Monday.

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Just put in an order for a bucket of Italian Chianti juice. Should be shipped to my brew shop from Italy in early October. That' will work out perfect -- bottle the Pinot Grigio at the end of the month, then new wine to be worked on!

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I filled a bottle of my peach wine to take to my uncles this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised, but a little too much alcohol. I think it is ready to bottle.

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God, SAVE the Pinot!! emoticon
But seriously, hope all is well! Tornadoes are so scary!
I'm in full fermentation throttle, punching down those beautiful caps!

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My DW and I had to evacuate to the basement yesterday due to a tornado in the area, but she got a chance to see the Pinot in the carboy. It is looking VERY clear! I am excited to get this one in the bottles...

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Sampled a bottle of my 4 month old Shiraz with family last evening. Still needs to age more in the bottle but it is going to be a very good wine as it matures.

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I harvested and crushed 100 pounds of zinfandel yesterday, and pitched my yeast this morning (a slurry with Assmanhausen, this year). I love this time of year!

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Racked my Pinot Grigio to the new carboy last evening. Had a taste and the oak REALLY improved the flavor. Thinking one more month in the carboy then time to bottle and age.

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I'm going to rack the peach wine this weekend and check the SG. I think it may be ready to add some inhibitor and get ready to bottle.

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Could not locate any 6 gallon cubes, so ordered another plastic carboy, and it will be here tomorrow. Plan to rack my Pinot in the next few days less the oak chips! It looked pretty clear when I was in the basement this morning so I figure I'll let it rest for another month before I bottle it.

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Good news / bad news with my Pinot Grigio: Good news is the oak flavor REALLY improved the taste (tested it yesterday). Bad news: the bag is stuck in the carboy! Oh well, I need to pick up a new carboy anyway, and I think I saw someone mention something called a "cube" so I am going to check into that. Was planning to rack the wine in a few weeks anyway, and the oak chips aren't going to hurt anything.

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We're going to bottle our 'bourbon barrel aged' porter on the weekend. The Boy is pretty excited. This one is his baby. I can't say I'm not curious how it turns out :)

On the weekend I found out that one of my aunts has been growing her own hops (purely out of curiousity - they don't brew) and they're going to give us their yield! We're totally excited! Now we need to figure out what kind of recipe to make with it.

Also, our beekeeper friend told us that the blueberry honey is just about ready so we're just about ready to get started on our first attempt at mead! This will be quite an experiment :)

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I added a half gallon of water with some yeast nutrient to the peach wine after racking into a carboy and repitched. The next morning it was starting to work, then I left for a week and is still fermenting. I'll check it in another two weeks when it's time to rack again.

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The Pinot Grigio is clearing up quite nicely in the carboy! Going to leave the oak chips in there one more day for sure. Will taste it tomorrow and see how that flavoring has taken, but everything I have read indicates oaking for a week is more than enough.

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Busy wine day. Added potassiums and oak chips to my Pinot, which has cleared up considerably since I racked it to the carboy last weekend. Also brought up a bottle of my Shiraz for dinner and it is quite good for having only been bottle aged for 3 months (my home brew shop said that kit does age quickly). A few of those bottles will be going down to our family reunion over labor day weekend.

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Oak chips and potassium sorbate / potassium metabisulfite arrived yesterday. Will get them added to my pinot this weekend.

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SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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7/31/12 11:08 A

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So between conversations with my home brew shop and some research I did on the internet, I'm going to be just fine with leaving the carboy out in my basement (no refrigeration required).

My next to-do's:

- Order light oak chips, potassium sorbate, and potassium metabisulfite (done)
- When all that arrives, add to my carboy
- Taste test at least 1x/week for proper flavor
- Rack again in 1-2 months (will need to pick up another carboy at some point)
- When proper clarity and flavor is achieved, bottle and age!!

Patrick
Team Leader, 50+ Males and Homebrewing

http://www.fitbit.com/user/2CKRJ7


SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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7/30/12 3:37 P

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If it is just for storage I wouldn't think 40F would hurt anything. That temp may be the ideal for serving temp.

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7/30/12 9:01 A

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If I am reading the directions on the bucket correctly, this would be for storage. Unfortunately, the downstairs fridge has other items in it (i.e..eggs, milk, etc) so turning the temp up is not an option. Maybe it is time for me to find a "wine only" fridge, since I think I am going to have the same issue once I bottle it (although none of the white wines in the liquor stores are chilled so why would this be any different?).

The gravity is at .990, so I think it has done all the fermenting it needs to. But I am new to all of this....

Patrick
Team Leader, 50+ Males and Homebrewing

http://www.fitbit.com/user/2CKRJ7


SW = 287 (01/08/07)
1st Goal Weight = 210
(achieved 03/13/2012)
2nd Goal Weight = 199
(achieved 05/03/2012)
3rd Goal Weight = 187 [100 pounds lost since starting on SP]
(achieved 08/18/2012)
Final Goal Weight = 179
(achieved 02/21/2013)


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