Thinking about taking your winemaking hobby commercial? There’s a lot of planning that must go into the endeavor, as Jason Phelps (a longtime home winemaker who opened a commercial meadery earlier this year) explains. Here’s what you need to consider before the actual process of making wine begins.
If You Like This, You'll Like That
Try some new grape varieties similar to the tried and true varieties you already know you enjoy drinking.
I recently combined my winemaking hobby with the reverence I have for my ancestors who served in the military. Specifically, I made a batch of wine as a tribute to my three
Home winemakers often resort to a little blending to improve their wines — to add a little more body, tweak the acid balance or deepen the color, or just because it takes
“Fruit Floaties”, Sweetening Wine, Free SO2 levels
Because sulfur dioxide is so easily-oxidizable, hydrogen peroxide naturally ‘finds’ the easily-oxidized SO2 and the two hopefully cancel each other out.
Tannins can provide a wine with a lot more than just astringency. They can also be useful in white and rosé wines as well if used properly. Bob Peak gives a tour of the benefits of various tannin products available to hobby winemakers.
Make Your Own Wine Vinegar
Winemakers spend a lot of time and effort preventing acetic acid from ruining good wine. But to make wine vinegar, Acetobacter is actually your friend. Find out how to make some wine vinegar at home.
Harvesting in the Moonlight
The heat of the day is not necessarily the time to harvest your ripe grapes. A night harvest allows you to bring the fruit in when it's cool, which will lower your VA, plus other benefits.
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Finally, that moment of truth: The fruits of your labor are ready to taste. Perhaps the fermentation is finally completed, or you’ve just opened the first bottle. You cross your fingers and
Proper Equipment Storage
When done using your winemaking equipment, make sure it is properly cleaned and stored so it will be ready to use next harvest season.
Picking the Right Wine Kit
The modern wine kit, with its gleaming plastic bag in a jazzy-looking box, didn’t start out as a miracle of modern technology. Arguably, the first wine kits were actually used in ancient
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