Date: Feb-Mar 2002
Stench of Sulfur & Excess CO2: Wine WizardMEMBERS ONLY
QHere’s one problem you may have been asked about before. My finished wine has an aroma and taste of rubber and burnt toast, a bit like burnt rubber. Since I will be making more wine this year, I sure would like to know what I’m doing wrong. Would you let me know? Richard LarocqueL’Orignal, Ontario
What can I do to prevent my recurring problem of excess CO2 in my wines?MEMBERS ONLY
Unless you artificially carbonate your still wines by kegging them, there is only one possible source of carbon dioxide in wines — microbes, specifically little bacteria and yeastie beasties that love to inhabit wine even after all of the fermentable sugar has been used up. If you’ve measured your wine for dryness by using a
My finished wine has the aroma and taste of burnt rubber. What did I do wrong?MEMBERS ONLY
Dear Wine Wizard, Here’s one problem you may have been asked about before. My finished wine has an aroma and taste of rubber and burnt toast, a bit like burnt rubber. Since I will be making more wine this year, I sure would like to know what I’m doing wrong. Would you let me know?
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