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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
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'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
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
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
Can you distill moonshine without a flame?
Yes. Have you ever seen a glass bottle sweating moisture in the sunlight or a piece of clear plastic that water builds up underneath it from setting in the sun? A solar still works on the same ...
by thomasedwin
we wait and see
My Chardonnay wine is usually pretty dry but I sort that out (after about two years) before bottling. Last year, a disease swept through the whole area and I had to harvest the grapes before ...
by trevor
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
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
History of the 1869 Chartreuse label
Bottom left side of the label: "Depose 1-7-69" I believe is the date of the label design, 1869. According to this French website, the label was created in 1869 to fight against counterfeit bottles ...
by WhiskeyCollector
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
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
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.
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 to fix and preserve an old bottle label
Credit for this post goes to whisky. Anyone who has seen old bottles of whiskey will know that sometimes the labels can be loose, damaged, and just plain in bad shape. Having a good original label ...
by Vale
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
ERTE COURVOISIER Cognac Collection No. 1 - 7 ALL unopened and sealed in mint condition.
Each one has individual Erte artwork and a number on the base. Each of the backs of the bottles have the description of the name given. This entire set of all seven collectable Erte Courvoisier ...
by Brent Turbeville
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
The Proof is in the Proofing Marks
Until 1980, many countries had their own methods of calculating the alcohol content of various spirits, and these would often be displayed on the bottles with rather similar (yet often confusing) ...
by wchurst
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
Martell Cordon Bleu
Hi Would anyone be able to tell me the age of thisbottle of Martell Cordon Bleu?
by LR127
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
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
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
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
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
How to spot a fake bottle of Sherwood Rye Whiskey
Aphonik wrote: ...There's a good chance this bottle may be a period counterfeit. In other words, a fake made in 1923. The tax strip looks nothing like the official US Government bonded tax ...
by wchurst
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
A Scotch made in Chicago???
Been a while since my last blog here and I have to admit that I really missed writing. In between my previous post and this one, I had quite few minis-related adventures. From visiting collectors on ...
by hasayeret
Strawberry wine
Okay since this is my first blog post I figure I'll start this off with my a bit of an explanation. Up until this point I have always made wine at home from kits. I have had great success doing ...
by WineNot
Mulberry fruit wine
Looking for a new fruit wine to try? Try making mulberry wine! To make mulberry wine, you will need to do the following: First, chop up 18 lbs of ripe mulberries. Next, the chopped fruit goes ...
by namron
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
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
A review of Wine-Searcher valuation calculations
I often see Cognac resale values given based on Wine-Searcher.com, which is one of the most universal websites for researching the value of wine and alcohol.While Wine-Searcher collects and ...
by Mikethevike
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
Our first Cabarnet
I finally managed to collect the pictures we took of our first wine making. It isn't ready yet but here's the first steps in the process: It starts with the grapes. We picked them in the end of ...
by jade
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.

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