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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
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
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
How to date a bottle of Haig & Haig Pinch/Dimple Whisky
Haig & Haig bottles have several dating clues that help determine when it was produced... From Top to Bottom: The White capsules & labels found here, where used on exported bottles ...
by wchurst
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
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
"A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words" - Getting accurate answers to your questions...
So, you have a question or two about the age or value of your bottle, and you’ve come here looking for good solid accurate answers to your questions…. Great - You’ve come to just ...
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
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
Finding the right Auction House to sell your bottle.
It's not often that a seller places a single bottle (valued under $1,000) to auction, as the cost of shipment + the auction house's 20-30% selling fees, often make the auctioning of a single bottle ...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
How to keep your moonshine from coming out cloudy
Credit for this post goes to thomas. When you distill something, all you are really doing is boiling it so it makes steam and then you collect that steam and condense it back to liquid. If there ...
by thomasedwin
How can I store unopened whiskey bottles at home for a long time?
Store your bottles in a dark place without sun light. It is also important that the bottles are in a place with a constant temperature. When bottles heat up and then cool down, the temperature ...
by easmits
Buchanan's Black & White Scotch Whisky
This blended Scotch whisky was originally simply named after its creator, James Buchanan, one of the 5 so called 'whisky barons'. Those were the people who got rich of selling whisky globally in ...
by easmits
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.
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
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
Selling a bottle through Bonhams
Bonhams is the biggest liquor auction house in the world with venues in the US, Europe and Asia. Whiskey and Cognac auctions are held as often as twice a year in New York, London, Edinburgh and ...
by Mikethevike
Ballantine's London Dry Gin & Other Gins from Whisky Companies
Ballantine's is more known for their whisky, but producing gin was a common trend among whisky companies in the 1970s and 1980s. The late 1960s & 1970s saw a surge in popularity for white ...
by easmits
Using a Hydrometer
A hydrometer is probably the wine maker’s most useful tool. It measures Specific Gravity, SG for short. For wine makers, ‘how much sugar is in the wine’ will do. Although it is ...
by trevor
What is 'blended Scotch whisky' actually made of?
Not many people realise that a blend doesn't just consist of a mixture of different single malts. Such a thing would be called a 'blended malt' or (until recently) a 'vatted malt'. Single Malt ...
by easmits
Can beer yeast be used to make wine or wine yeast be used to make beer?
Short answer no. This doesn't mean you cant use beer yeast to ferment apple cider. But using wine yeast for beer would dry it out too much as beer has a lot of sugar left to flavor it, Some more ...
by bob1
Chartreuse Tarragona
The Chartreuse label see in the images above was first used around 1904 after the Carthusian monks were expelled from France and took up residence in Tarragona, Spain, where they resumed ...
by aphonik
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
Older Bottles: Are they safe to drink ?!?
So, you have found yourself with an older bottle of spirits - Congratulations :-) Now the more you look at it, the more likely you are to consider opening it up and seeing what it tastes like ...
by wchurst
How to remove the taste of corn from moonshine
Do you know how to use Amylase enzyme to convert starches to simple sugars? It's the same as using malted barley in a grain mash to get grain sugars but much less work. This recipe is for 30 gallons ...
by thomasedwin
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
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
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
Malolactic fermentation
MLF (malolactic fermentation) changes bitter-tasting malic acid into nicer-tasting lactic acid. Not all wines benefit from MLF but it is suitable for most high-acid red wines and also for ...
by trevor
Bols Zeer Oude Genever
Credit for this post goes to E.A. Smits. Glass or ceramic bottle Traditionally, Dutch jenever was a widely exported product up the 1930s. Jenever has always been bottled both in glass and ...
by easmits
Wild Blueberry Wine
This is an added twist to one of my favorite fruit wines. It is an experiment and I want to keep notes on this and figured I'd share hopefully a successful attempt at making a nice hearty wild ...
by Eric C
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

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