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My blog on wines, beers, and making both.

Winemaking 101 – Episode 8 – What Is Wine?

Winemaking 101 – Episode 8 – What Is Wine?

I participate on Wine Making Talk, a wine maker’s forum. My time is mixed between general discussions and helping others — especially newbies — with the wine making process, problems, and general advice. For...

Winemaking 101 – Episode 7 – When Things Go  Wrong

Winemaking 101 – Episode 7 – When Things Go Wrong

Things sometimes go wrong in wine making, meaning the final product is not what was intended. Typical problems result from an undesired yeast or bacteria growing in the wine, or oxidation from too much...

Fall 2020 Wine Making Plans

Fall 2020 Wine Making Plans

I made 3 different wines from fresh grapes last year (2019) — Malbec, Merlot, and Zinfandel. I purchased five 36 lb lugs of each, a total of 15 lugs (540 lbs of grapes). If...

Winemaking 101 – Episode 4 – Fermentation & Pressing

Winemaking 101 – Episode 4 – Fermentation & Pressing

So far we’ve gotten the grapes, crushed them, and detoured into my acquisition of a grape press. Now it’s time to inoculate and get onto the fermentation! Years ago I kept my wine and...

Winemaking 101 – Episode 3 – My Purchase

Welcome to Episode 3! Before getting into fermentation, I’ll talk about a purchase I made, which in movie terms is a prequel. I got REALLY enthusiastic about making wine from fresh grapes. I haven’t...

36 lbs of grapes

Winemaking 101 – Episode 2 – The Crush

Welcome to the second installment of Winemaking 101! Today’s post describes the crush, what it is, and why we do it. What is crushing? It’s crushing the grapes to let the juice out. [Yeah,...