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Kombucha Batch #24-03 0

Kombucha Batch #24-03

updated 06/09/2024 June 2024 As is my habit, I started this batch immediately after bottling the last one. 06/09/2024 I’m using the same ratios as I did with the last batch: 4 Tbsp Lychee...

How I Blend Wines 2

How I Blend Wines

updated 06/09/2024 While my “white papers” are (mostly) scientifically based, anything in the “Mental Meanderings” category is more a matter of opinion. This post is in the “I’m not sure” category, so I posted...

Making a Twenty Year Kit Wine 0

Making a Twenty Year Kit Wine

updated 05/24/2024 Recently a friend posted on WineMakingTalk — he wants to make a wine to lay down for twenty-one years, in honor of his new grandson. He makes kit wines, and asked for...

Oxygen is not the Boogie Man in Winemaking 2

Oxygen is not the Boogie Man in Winemaking

updated 05/22/2024 A common question from new winemakers is about oxygen exposure. It’s commonly believed that even brief exposure to air ruins a wine. I was once asked, “My wine was exposed to air...

Kombucha Batch #24-02 0

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...

Wine 2024 – Update #01 2

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”?...

Bottle Labels – 2024 0

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...

Kombucha Batch #24-01 0

Kombucha Batch #24-01

updated 06/09/2024 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...

Expansion in the Carboy 0

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...

Kombucha Batch #23-06 0

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...