Monthly Archive: March 2022

Clearing Wine Without Geysers 0

Clearing Wine Without Geysers

Last night I made two mistakes, one of which could have had tragic consequences. Last night I racked 2 wines — a Chocolate / Raspberry Port whose SG is 0.998 and appears done, and...

How to Make a Yeast Starter 7

How to Make a Yeast Starter

updated 04/20/2024 updated the amount of sugar used, see below Standard instructions for wine yeast say to sprinkle on top of the must, and possibly to stir it in. This works, but the fermentation...

2022 Chocolate/Raspberry Port in Detail 0

2022 Chocolate/Raspberry Port in Detail

Last updated 12/04/2022 I’m in the mood to make another detailed dive into a wine — this one a port-style dessert wine. The other day I spotted that I was down to fifteen bottles...

2022 Elderberry in Detail 0

2022 Elderberry in Detail

Last updated 07/18/2023 I decided to document this wine in detail as it’s a non-typical, home-developed recipe. This recipe has 2 differences: It’s a fruit concentrate that has been extended with grape concentrate. The...

2022 Chocolate/Raspberry Port 0

2022 Chocolate/Raspberry Port

March 2022 Looking at my existing wine stock, I realized I’m down to about 15 bottles each of the Coffee Port and Black Forest Port. These are split bottles (375 ml). Top that with...

2022 Elderberry 0

2022 Elderberry

March 2022 This wine has been planned since last summer, but I’m just getting around to making it. I have a 25 liter (6.6 US gallon) demijon free, so the plan is to make...

When to do the second racking? 0

When to do the second racking?

Following “When do I do my first racking?” the next common question is “When do I do my second racking?” Following are my thoughts on the subject. The main purpose of the second racking...

Sanitizing During Winemaking 0

Sanitizing During Winemaking

A conversation with a new comrade on WineMakingTalk prompted me to record what I do for sanitizing during a winemaking session. In this context, a “session” is any time I touch my wines. This...