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huntfishtrap
04-14-2009, 12:58 PM
I recently bought some stuff on a yard sale. I got a good deal because I got 3 glass 5 gal carboys for a total of $45. This other stuff came with it. I threw away some stuff that was obviously bad (caked up and dry). But I was wondering if this other stuff that looks OK is still good. I have no idea of the age, but I would probably put it at over 5 yrs.

grape tannin
pictic enzymes
sorbic acid tablets
finnings gelatin
and a 4oz jar of something that says "Liqueur Finishing Formula, Wine Sweetener, non-fermentable". I don't even know what this would be used for if I follow the recommended processes on this forum.

Anyone want to throw out an opinion for me to keep or throw?

Thanks

Paul

akueck
04-14-2009, 03:57 PM
I'd probably just toss all of it, nothing is particularly hard to find or expensive. The tannin and acid are probably fine, though the enzymes might have degraded over time. Either way, why chance it?

The wine sweetener is probably a solution of nonfermentable sugar like lactose, sucralose, etc. Again, I'd probably just toss it if it were up to me.

Medsen Fey
04-14-2009, 04:13 PM
I'm pretty sure the sorbate is no good at this point. The wine sweetener may be like a wine conditioner with sugar and sorbate - probably not worth keeping either. The pectic enzyme has probably lost potency.

huntfishtrap
04-14-2009, 04:23 PM
Thanks guys. Some times trying to be frugal isnt worth it. I'm smilling prowdly over my carboys though! :)

Xixist
04-16-2009, 04:54 AM
I need to hit more yard sales.
Xixist

wildoates
04-19-2009, 05:34 PM
I need to hit more yard sales.
Xixist
Indeed. I've seen dusty carboys up on shelves many times in the past, but had no reason to buy them.

wildoates
04-19-2009, 05:43 PM
Ooooohhh (http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/grd/1105503946.html)! My son might want a couple o' those as well...

wayneb
04-21-2009, 01:06 PM
Ooooohhh (http://goldcountry.craigslist.org/grd/1105503946.html)! My son might want a couple o' those as well...
OMIGAWD!! It's the reincarnation of Ole Greenie!!!

wildoates
04-22-2009, 05:43 PM
OMIGAWD!! It's the reincarnation of Ole Greenie!!!

Too bad you're so far from where they are!

wayneb
04-22-2009, 05:50 PM
Too bad you're so far from where they are!

I agree. The packing and shipping to Colorado would cost more than they're asking for the carboys themselves.

wildoates
04-22-2009, 09:58 PM
I, however, live about an hour from there...hope they're still there next week after I get paid!

wayneb
04-22-2009, 11:15 PM
Good luck! At least another Gotmeader has a chance....

wildaho
04-23-2009, 03:30 AM
And Greenie may live again...

Right on!

dogglebe
04-23-2009, 06:17 PM
Thanks guys. Some times trying to be frugal isnt worth it. I'm smilling prowdly over my carboys though! :)

I recently acquired all of the equipment of one retired homebrewer who is moving away and doesn't want it. I threw all all the chemicals and ingredients as it looks like it's been sitting around for a while. And I replace all plastic tubing yearly. The five 5 gallon carboys... well, that's another matter entirely.


Phil

huntfishtrap
04-24-2009, 10:42 AM
The five 5 gallon carboys... well, that's another matter entirely.


Phil

SCORE!

Paul

Teufelhund
04-24-2009, 11:34 AM
My supplier always seems to have several USED carboys that they sell for about $5 less than the new ones.
It's worth asking about.

Cheers!

DD