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  • I'm going to start some new brews after a long time away from it and looking to try wine which is a first, does anyone have any good recipes or tips for fruit wine which are relatively easy for a first timer. My uncle made rhubarb wine before and was nice so was thinking about that but not sure how easy/hard it would be? thanks
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      Welcome, we have a few recipes and posts on making fruit wines on our blog, here is a link to the rhubarb one which may be of interest:

      https://homebrewonlinebrewblog.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/making-rhubarb-wine/
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  • Carbonation issues!
    I started all grain 4 brews ago and I am struggling with carb levels, I tried bulk like I used to when I did extract and it was to much, I then tried half sugar cubes that was also to much carbonation, Iā€™m looking for tips on this, I checked my levels before I bottled 3 days apart, no movement so I have bottled. Do I need to drastically reduce the amount of sugar? If so any recommendations!
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      There are usually 2 main reasons for too much carbonation, either too much priming sugar is added, or the brew was not quite finished fermenting and has continued to ferment in the bottles. As a general guide around half to a level teaspoon of sugar per 500ml bottle will give steady carbonation to a 500ml bottle.

      It sounds like you checked the readings of the brew before bottling, if the readings were constant and as low as the would go then this usually shows that they have finished fermenting do you know what the final gravity reading was before bottling?
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