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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
Good wine made cheap
Good wine made cheap! I was rather dismissive of a poster earlier trying to make homemade cheap wine, and I can empathize difficulties in the beginning. In this blog post, I'm going to give a ...
by Eric C
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
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
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
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
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
Mini collecting
Most sealed (full) mini's are only worth $2-$5....Some Figurals sell in the $20-25 range (and rare ones can sell at nearly $80-100), while very old (50+ year) whiskies can sell well into the ...
by wchurst
I had to stop a run early, how will that affect that flavor?
Eric C asked: I had to stop my run a little early because I had to be somewhere (didn't realize it would take so long). My question is; Can I still finish the run and, if so, will I again have ...
by thomasedwin
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
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
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
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
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
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
You can recycle your spent mash
You can recycle your spent mash. I know many times I have said when you're done distilling to throw out the stuff that is left in the still, but you can reuse this spent mash to some degree. ...
by thomasedwin
6 varieties of homemade wine using the same base recipe
Just to update everyone on the 6 wines that I made using this book: "Making Award Winning Wines at Home" by Bill Smith. To recap, the book gives a recipe for a base wine, which can then be diluted ...
by jamesbsmith
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Dried Elderberry Wine
I think that the following dried elderberry recipe should "work" and allow many different combinations. It seems to give pretty well balanced parameters using the YoBrew calculator: UK Gallon ...
by jamesbsmith
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
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
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
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.
Its strawberry season.
Well I would like to say that I made this last year. If some one told me that strawberries made a good pie I would have said you were nuts. But check out the link below and I suggest ...
by bob1
Update to Late Harvest Pinot Gris
OK, patience grasshopper. On April 1st, I checked the bottles under the laundry room table only because the size of the dust bunnies were starting to scare me. The bottle was fizzing, and there was ...
by Destinyrae_99

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