Wine Making Articles

  • Quick Hits: Homebrewing Questions Answered 04

    Featured Product Recipe Kits Extract brewing cuts down the time it takes to finish a batch down considerable, allowing the brewer to skip the "mashing" process altogether and go straight to the boil. It also requiring less equipment than all-grain brewing. $25.95 - 72.95 Order Now In the last Quick Hits, we answered homebrewing questions about yeast, dunk sparging, and oxygenation issues. We're going to continue the yeast ...

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  • Growing Your Own Wine Grapes

    Growing your own wine grapes is a great way for you to expand the amount of wine you produce and learn a lot more about what goes into your wine. You'll feel a lot more connected to your wines when they were grapes grown with your own hands, instead of juice and skins from a wine kit. It sounds like a complicated journey filled with pitfalls, but with a little research and time, you shouldn't have any problems growing your own...

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  • Common Wine Faults and How to Detect Them

    There are several common wine faults in wine such as oxidization, Volatile Acidity and Brettanomyces infection, which can be easily identified when you know what to look for. Below we will run over some of the common wine faults and how to identify them. Oxidization This is one of the most common wine faults and will occur, generally, in older wines. It is a result of too much exposure with oxygen. Whites are most susceptible ...

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  • Secrets to Bottling Your Wine

    So you've patiently waited for your wine to be finished, and now you're ready to bottle your wine. But how do you bottle your wine? It's a simple process, but just like before, you need to be careful not to introduce spoilage factors or too much oxygen in doing so. First Thing's First, Preparation Wine: First you want to assure that your wine is fully fermented and stable (completely finished fermenting), fined for heat and co...

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  • Cold Soaking in Wine Making

    On the back label of many Pinot Noirs we see the term “Cold Soak” listed as part of the winemaking process. If you make your way into a tasting room in the Sonoma Valley of California or the Willamette Valley of Oregon, you may have a winemaker or tasting room host divulge in a very quick succession of words that the wine in your glass was cold soaked for 3 days, for example. In California, we almost expect to see most mid...

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  • Wine Grape Varieties and Their Characteristics

    Below is a list of common wine grape varieties, their characteristics and the winemaking practices that best suit them. There are of course, plenty more, and the options for blending varietals or adding fruit goes without saying. It's okay if you just came for the beautiful grape photos. Sauvignon Blanc Featured Product Sauvignon Blanc The flavor is full and dry, with a fruity, herbaceous characteristic, which finishes cr...

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  • Testing Wine Musts For Sugar, pH, and TA

    Making wine is a fun and rewarding area of homebrewing. While you can make it simply by mixing the components to a kit together, setting, and forgetting; you can increase the quality of your wine by testing and adjusting your wines gravity, pH, and TA accordingly. Testing Sugar in Wine The testing of sugar in must is simple and needs only 2 pieces of equipment. First, a wine hydrometer and second a tall test flask. The test fl...

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  • How to Make German Gluhwein

    German Gluhwein is the name given for wine mulled with spices that is served warm. As weather grows colder, Gluhwein is a warm spicy treat that is great for gatherings with family and friends, or even just sharing a couple glasses on a cold night while watching TV. Mulled wine sounds like a lot of work, but it's actually quite simple, and easily scale-able! A Bit of History Gluhwein is actually  an integral part of the holida...

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  • Winemaking Sanitation

    As with making good beer, sanitation and cleanliness is key when making wine as well. Cleanliness will minimize and eliminate contamination and spoilage. This will save time, money and heartache. Below are the main steps and areas where clean and sanitized environments are crucial to avoid an infection in your wine. Your Winemaking Space Make sure the area that you are working in is clean, this includes the floor and any surfa...

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