Category: White Papers

This type of blog post is a technical paper regarding wine or beer making.

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...

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...

Glycerin in Winemaking 3

Glycerin in Winemaking

updated 11/16/2023 I first started using glycerin decades ago when making liqueurs from extracts — it was a less expensive way of making good liqueurs. In a blender put 1 bottle of extract (1-2...

Conditioning a Wine Barrel 0

Conditioning a Wine Barrel

This morning I picked up a new barrel — well, new to me. A member of our local grape purchasing group needed to eliminate a barrel, so he gave away a 2 year old...

Using Bentonite in Winemaking 2

Using Bentonite in Winemaking

Bentonite is commonly used in winemaking as a fining agent, and it works well, precipitating particles that make wine cloudy in a matter of days (or even hours). Bentonite also removes protein haze from...

Making White Wine from Red Grapes 0

Making White Wine from Red Grapes

Many moons ago I had an after-work drink with co-workers, and was going to get the first round. My supervisor asked for Zinfandel, and I asked “white or red?” Knowing her, I figured white,...

Sanitizing Bottles and Corks 0

Sanitizing Bottles and Corks

On WineMakingTalk, there is a lot of discussion regarding the sanitization of bottles and corks at bottling time. Bottles? I was taught to pour K-meta solution from bottle to bottle, shaking out residue. Corks?...

How to Make K-Meta Solution 0

How to Make K-Meta Solution

This is a common question — how to make K-meta solution? Some will ask, “What is K-meta?” This is an excellent question to ask if one doesn’t know what it is. K-meta is shorthand...

How to Make a Yeast Starter, Part 2 0

How to Make a Yeast Starter, Part 2

I had a recent event that caused me to think about the yeast starter in more detail than I had previously. I started a small batch of metheglin (mead with spices) and made a...