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Wine 2021 – Update #01 0

Wine 2021 – Update #01

14 September 2021 This fall’s plans have undergone evolution, as ideas crossed my mind, discussions with my son & niece occurred, and — finally — the list of available grapes solidified. My local group...

Sanitation in Wine 0

Sanitation in Wine

It appears that a fair number of winemakers, not limited to beginners, don’t understand the differences between “washed”, “disinfected”, “sanitized”, and “sterilized”. In this post I take a stab at defining these terms in...

2021 Finer Wine Kits – Barbera in detail 4

2021 Finer Wine Kits – Barbera in detail

Last updated 08/30/2021 This blog is a step-by-step description of making a Finer Wine Kits (FWK) according to their directions. This is a how-to combined with a critique of both the kit and the...

2021 Barbera 1

2021 Barbera

 August 2021 – I purchased a Finer Wine Kits (FWK) wine kit from Label Peelers to get a permanent 10% discount on the FWK, choosing a Barbera as I have nothing like it in the cellar....

Cherry Cognac, June 2021 0

Cherry Cognac, June 2021

Post last updated: 07/03/2021 Lorraine & I had a bit of miscommunication. She bought a 2 lb bag of cherries … and so did I. The bag she purchased was getting overripe, so I...

Successful Red Blends 0

Successful Red Blends

On Wine Making Talk, a common question regards what wines to use in making blends, and in what proportions. Granted, each batch of wine is different so there’s no formula, but having a list...

Cold Stabilization 0

Cold Stabilization

One common method of reducing tartaric acid in wine is “cold stabilization”, also called “cold crashing”. This is performed by chilling the wine, holding at a lower temperature for a period of time, and...

Chaptalizing Wine

Chaptalizing Wine

I was recently asked how to chaptalize a must* prior to fermentation. Chaptalization is adding sugar to a must that is low in sugar, to increase the sugar level to a desired level. It...

Site Update 06/2021

Site Update 06/2021

I have migrated white papers from my old site to this one. The white papers have been migrated mostly as-is, although I realize I need to update them. All of the links in these...

When to do the first racking?

When to do the first racking?

A common question from beginning winemakers is, “When do I do my first racking?” This is an excellent question, but unfortunately, there is no single correct answer that covers all wines in all situations,...