Author: Bryan

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Kombucha Batch #24-02

updated 04/20/2024 April 2024 Immediately after bottling batch 24-1, I started this one. 04/20/2024 The last batch was bottled at the 30 day mark. I have one bottle from last year’s final batch, which...

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Wine 2024 – Update #01

03 April 2024 We massively overproduced in 2023, so we are ramping down in 2024. We now have three 55 liter class barrels, and the focus is on keeping them full. “55 liter class”?...

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Bottle Labels – 2024

Wines Bottled in 2024 Note: These labels are from wines bottled in 2024, not started in 2024. 2023 marked the first time in 30+ years that I made French-American hybrids. The first to go...

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Kombucha Batch #24-01

updated 04/20/2024 March 2024 Immediately after bottling batch 23-6, I started this one. 03/21/2024 After bottling #2024-01 I washed and dried the jar, then put the SCOBY and 1 cup reserved liquid back into...

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Expansion in the Carboy

updated 03/17/2024 Last night I racked 4 liters of Cabernet Franc, as I needed topup for the barrel. The plan was to take a tasting sample from the barrel and the topup wine for...

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Kombucha Batch #23-06

updated 03/21/2024 December 2023 Immediately after bottling batch 23-5, I started this one. 12/18/2023 After bottling #2023-05 I washed and dried the jar, then put the SCOBY and 1 cup reserved liquid back into...

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2023 Sangiovese

October 2023 Fall 2022 I got the brilliant idea of adding the pomace from my grape wines to a couple of kits. So I purchased two Finer Wine Kits Tavola Merlot kits and reconstituted...

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Glycerin in Winemaking

updated 11/16/2023 I first started using glycerin decades ago when making liqueurs from extracts — it was a less expensive way of making good liqueurs. In a blender put 1 bottle of extract (1-2...

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2023 Merlot

October 2023 This fall’s plan for the barrel wines is to make 3 batches: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The CS and CF will be barrel aged, and next fall we’ll make 2...

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2023 Cabernet Franc

October 2023 This fall’s plan for the barrel wines is to make 3 batches: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The CS and CF will be barrel aged, and next fall we’ll make 2...