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My blog on wines, beers, and making both.

Winemaking 101 – Episode 5 – What is a second run wine?

Winemaking 101 – Episode 5 – What is a second run wine?

Most people have no idea what a “second run wine” is, so this is a good place for an explanation. First, a few wine making definitions that will help with understanding. I should have...

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,...

Grapes in the garage

Winemaking 101 – Episode 1 – Get Grapes

This is the first of a series of posts that describe my Fall 2019 wine making experience. An experienced wine maker may not find this all that exciting as I’m writing for friends who...

Site Update 05/2019

Site Update 05/2019

I have moved almost everything from my old site to this one — just a few white papers left. One is a information sheet I created in 1999 for a presentation to a bee...

Site Updates 11/2018

Site Updates 11/2018

I have completed the structure of this web site. I’ve got a few minor things to migrate from the old site, then I will terminate that site. I’ll leave the URL there, but it...

2007 Sherry / Port

2007 Sherry

June 2007 – I purchased a “Sherry” kit, expecting it to be a dry sherry, as the vendor’s catalog lists both a dry and cream sherry. To my chagrin, when I opened the package...