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Dating US bottles via Tax Stamps...
Several people have asked whether they could date a bottle via the Tax Stamps on the bottle.. To some extent the answer for US Tax Stamps is yes! (Most Canadian Tax Stamps are already dated, but ...
by wchurst
Wine Values, Where do you find it?
photo credit creative commons Eole Depending on what you are trying to achieve by valuing your wine there are several ways to find out what it's worth. If you are just trying to turn it around and ...
by DGreene
What's my bottle worth?
"I have an old bottle of something. What's it worth?" We see posts like these quite often. We have no idea. Why? Because you haven't really told us anything. What do we need to know? What's ...
by zumpa21
The value of a Baccarat cognac set
The value of a Baccarat set depends on the quality of the decanter, box, and cognac, as well as the name on the bottle. Baccarat made a number of very similar sets for Cognac manufacturers between ...
by Mikethevike
Welches grape juice wine
Well I finally decided to try this recipe. I don't know why its taken me so long to do it. From what I've read it produces a fairly good wine for a very cheap price and that is right up my alley! ...
by WineNot
What would a rare bottle of Hennessy Paradis be worth?
Here are some general rules - please remember, there are always exceptions to the rules! First rule is that cognac bought at a retailer is not an "investment". Once you take it home it's worth about ...
by Mikethevike
Hardy Perfection Cognac
There 6 different versions of Hardy Perfection. The first was sold in a tall ornate "urn-shaped" crystal decanter in an oak box. Some were sold with just the decanter and box, others with matching ...
by Mikethevike
Selling a bottle through Bonhams
By Umuiowiadupia (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Bonhams is the biggest liquor auction house in the world with venues in the US, Europe and Asia. Whiskey and Cognac auctions are ...
by Mikethevike
Dating a Bottle
Dating a bottle by its tax stamps There are 2 basic types of Tax Stamps here in the US: Federal Tax Strips (Long thin strips that are placed over the cap area, usually Red Blue or Green in ...
by wchurst
Winemaking for beginners Pt.2
Cheap, fast and now! Of course this is ideal. Even 2 out of 3 aint bad. But, this is rare in life if u consider quality. Anyhow, today I would like to focus on cheap. Cheap doesn't mean u have to ...
by DamageInc.
Green River Whiskey
Most Green River from the original manufacturer was produced between 1885-1918, when a fire destroyed most of the production buildings. The last barrels of aged whiskey were bottled and sold by ...
by wchurst
Why do people add preservatives to homemade wine?
thomasedwin wrote: I read about all these people making wine and they say after it's done fermenting they add more sugar for sweetness. All the times I made wine I had to wait until all the ...
by trevor
Joseph H. Reinfeld Importers
photo by KdeM44 Joseph H. Reinfeld sold Browne-Vintners to Seagrams in 1940. I believe the chronology of importers is Joseph H. Reinfeld, Inc. 1933 to 1939, then Browne Vintners until 1940, no ...
by Mikethevike
Make A Simple Hydrometer
A hydrometer measures the density of a liquid compared to the density of water. In winemaking it will tell you how much sugar is in the must (the Specific Gravity) and it can also be used to work ...
by trevor
How Cognac is aged
Cognac is aged in french oak barrels from very specific regions before being directly transferred into bottles. First, the cognac is aged in young barrels, which transmit a lot of tannins to the ...
by Mikethevike
Is an older bottle really worth more ???
It is a commonly noted fact that unlike wines & champagnes, high proof spirits such as Rums, Whiskies & Cognacs do not “mature” (become better with age) any further after ...
by wchurst
Fruit wine from concentrate
I like to use berry blend from Old Orchard to give weaker wines body. I have made a straight wine from it awhile ago just remember to check the sg even though I'm giving you the sugar amounts I ...
by Eric C
Brewing fruit with turbo yeast pro's n con's
Hello from New Zealand From my experience the biggest advantage is the speed the brew takes to ferment , for example for a rush job you can brew 6kg of ...
by Slowburnia
Full vs Full... The Importance of Interpretation
What does “full” or "nearly full" mean to you? These statements are very commonly used descriptions of a bottle someone is wishing to have valuated. (Unfortunately, these terms have very ...
by wchurst
How to clean and season a new stainless steel and copper still before the first run
I would rinse it inside and out with scalding hot water to remove any soldering flux then run a solution of white vinegar and water through it to clean the copper, 1 gallon vinegar to 5 gallons ...
by thomasedwin
Dating bottles of Haig & Haig
1897 was when the Brand was founded, not the date that the bottle was manufactured (bottles had no boxes backthen, as they were straw-wrapped in wood cases until the late 1920's).If the bottle has ...
by wchurst
Homemade red grape wine
Here is a great recipe for Red Grape Wine made from 2kg of Red Grapes Ingredients: 2 kg of grapes 8 cups water 2 cups sugar 1/2 tsp pectic enzyme 1 Campden tablet 1 tsp yeast nutrient 1/2 ...
by namron
Can you use moonshine as fuel?
You won't produce high enough proof alcohol to run model cars and airplanes because most of them run on nitromethane, but you can run gasoline engines on 80% ABV or stronger. However, in order to ...
by thomasedwin
Make your own activated charcoal filter for spirits.
Make your own activated charcoal filter for spirits.I tried to find a 1 liter glass Buchner funnel but found them too expensive -
by thomasedwin
Value of a half bottle of Dimple
photo by Adz Unfortunately, Dimple (AKA Pinch in the US Market) is a fairly common shelf brand of blended scotch, which was also very heavily produced. Due to it's uniquely shaped bottle, Dimple ...
by wchurst
Winemaking for Beginners Pt. 1
So you're new to the world of wine making? Like to get some tips, hints or instruction? Well, you have come to the right place. I hope you land here BEFORE you make your first batch of wine. If not, ...
by DamageInc.
The Effects Of Alcohol On Health
Alcohol has been one of the most detrimental beverages that have been made. There are various evidences that alcohol has been the culprit for some of the diseases that people encounter. However, ...
by Dr. Amarendra
How to make hard cider from store bought cider
If you want to make hard cider from store bought cider, look for juice without PS, there are a few out there and worth the drive to find them: It would be a waste of time trying to make cider ...
by magwa999
Causes of cloudy moonshine
Floridagirl88 posted: My first batch is the clear one and second the cloudy (one). What does this mean... Tails? Or temp too high? Can I drink it? By the photos, it looks like you got good ...
by thomasedwin
Pectic Enzyme
Pectin is a jelly-like glue which holds plant cells together and promotes good growth. There are a number of different pectins in various parts of the plant and, in food, suitable ones can be found ...
by trevor
How to turn water into "wine"
I see a lot of post from folks I guess that live in areas where alcohol is forbidden, and all they can get are water and sugar. One thing I don't see is acid additions. PH needs to be lower ...
by bob1
Build your own still and make moonshine!
Go out and buy a gallon of your favorite 80 proof or better commercial alcohol. Then build a little baby still out of a 1 gallon stainless steel stockpot, distill this gallon 3 times and then ...
by thomasedwin
Down with Sulphite
In ‘Western’ countries there seems to be a culture of suing people. That is why the packet of peanuts says 'may contain nuts' (if it didn't, I would take it back) and the bottle of ...
by trevor
vines from winter cuttings
Take your cuttings from last year's growth. Cut more than you need, there will be some failures. The cutting should be about as thick as a pencil. If you take the cutting from close to the 'old ...
by trevor
Stuffed grape leaves recipe
I've promised Bob1 my mother's recipe for stuffed grape leaves. I guess most of you have never tasted this dish. It's a typical dish to our area and there are different versions of it all around ...
by jade
A nice little recipe; Cinnamon Apple Honey Wine
"And as I let those ferments go, the addiction to experimenting more and more with fermentation surges through my veins. The mere essence of formulating the elixir of life. A tasteful beverage, ...
by Fizzy
The Value of VSOP
VSOP cognac from 1970-1980 is not actually "40-years old", which would imply a very high grade cognac. The cognac was bottled and sold 40 years ago, but the VSOP grade is still just 4.5 years old ...
by Mikethevike
Nature's Nectar Grape Juice Wine
Justin Sane's experience with Grape Juice Wine 02/09/2014 !Disclaimer! Welcome everyone, This is going to be a ongoing process. This is my first attempt at wine making, so there are no ...
by Justin Sane
Mini bottle not worth what you expected? Why not enjoy it instead?
Why is my mini bottle not worth that much? I understand the disappointment in the value of a small bottle in comparison to what a full-size bottle from the same dating would bring in value, but ...
by wchurst

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