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Time:11:52 pm
Current Mood:creativecreative
Ok.. Making wine. (a Shiraz, from Vintners reserve, winexpert)
Specific Gravity: 1.075-1.076 (brix said 18.2-18.5)
I added the yeasties when the temp was about 86'f
It is sitting in my bathroom tub, full of water (about 65'f)
Wine should ferment at 65-75, so I'll just leave it in the tub overnight (to equalize the temperature).
Goofs: I forgot to add the oak and then stir it, so I stirred the yeast after I added the oak (says not to stir yeasties, dunno why).
Fermentation should happen in 24-48 hours!

soooooooo
after 5-7 days, I get to sample the must (Juicy wine).. it should be 1.010 or less (brix reads 2.6)
Then, I get to xfer the wine into my caroby. If the specific gravity changes correctly, i'll have 10.23% alcohol by volume (if it gets all the way down to 0.998). Maybe I did something wrong and it's not going to be alcoholic enough! Oh noes!

refractometer converter:
http://www.mtbrewing.com/calculator-refractometer-converter/

alcohol converter:
http://www.mtbrewing.com/calculator-abv-abw/
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maskm
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Time:2008-04-18 04:04 am (UTC)
Keep in mind you can only convert brix to gravity for the starting gravity. After that you need to use the starting brix and current brix to get current gravity.
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antihope
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Time:2008-05-19 03:13 am (UTC)
It's been a month and a day. I started the Shiraz April 17th. I bottled it today, May 18th. Bottling is funny and messy. Corking is funny, too. The corks don't seem to go alll the way into the bottle. They stick like 1/4 inch out. I hope that's not a bad thing. It tastes mostly like wine! Still sediment (even though I used a filter), but that could just be the sediment in the glass I poured myself from the way bottom of the bottling bucket. It says I should wait a whole month before drinking it, and if I wait 3 months, it's even better! Le sigh. In a month, I'll grab the bag container thing and stick it by my desk to ensure I drink my full serving of alkyhol/day!
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