Author: Bryan

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,...

How Long to Bulk Age Wine 0

How Long to Bulk Age Wine

“How long to bulk age wine?” is a common discussion / area of disagreement in home winemaking. Ask 10 winemakers, you’ll get at least 11 opinions. Note: In October 2018 I published a post...

Why Used Barrels? 0

Why Used Barrels?

I own two 54 liter barrels manufactured in 2010, making them 11 years old. Folks have asked me why I purchased used barrels. Let me count the ways (reasons): Benefits of Barrels in Winemaking...

Oak Stix Experiment 0

Oak Stix Experiment

This post documents the background and progress of an experiment I am conducting using Next Level Oak oak kits. In this experiment I am comparing the effects of American, French, and Hungarian oak stix...

2020 Meritage Plus

2020 Meritage Plus

October 2020 – I’m great at complicating things. My intention was to produce 2 wines this fall: 1st run Merlot-heavy Bordeaux blend that includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot — and...

The 1-3-3 Rule 0

The 1-3-3 Rule

On WineMakingTalk, there is a fair amount of discussion regarding the timing of activities. This made me think about what I do now, what I was originally taught, and how things changed in between....