Date: Feb-Mar 2012

16 result(s).

Lab Equipment: Storage Cabinet

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Over the years I have accumulated lots of pieces of fairly delicate labware to perform a number of winemaking tests. After recently remodeling my garage winery with some cast off kitchen cabinets


Fermentation Temperature Control

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This cooling setup keeps wine must within just a few degrees of target temperatures.

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Evaporation Clarification, “Big” Reds, and Mold Malady

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Remember, every time you open your barrel, you introduce air and potentially some undesirable spoilage organisms.

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Swamp Donkey Vineyards: Growing Grapes in New England

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A reader starts a vineyard in New England. “It is great to wake up in the morning, make a cup of coffee and walk out to the vineyard to check on the vines, training off shoots as I go along.”

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Vineyard Queries: A Year of Questions and Answers

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This past year brought challenges and rewards for home vineyardists — and also a lot of questions for our vineyard expert Wes Hagen.

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Cold Climate Grape Growing

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Indeed, for 4–6 months of the year, the frigid and snowy landscape hardly seems like a great place to plant a vineyard. Temperatures in January and February drop sufficiently low to kill

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Pinotage: The Red Grape of South Africa

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Pinotage is the most recognized — though not the most widely grown — South African red wine grape.

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Evaporation Clarification

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Thanks for clarifying your question a little bit. I am glad to hear you regularly top off your barrels, it’s a practice all of us need to do. Alcohol and water definitely

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Blending Basics

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In this article, Michael Larner discusses the wines of the Rhône region of France, and one of the most important winemaking parts of Rhône winemaking is blending. Learn about the basics of


Moldy Grape Press

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I certainly wouldn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater or the crush equipment out with the sanitizing solution in this case. A little accumulated mold on a wooden basket press or

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Big Reds Aging Time

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So sorry to hear you had a bad year with the powdery mildew. Many growers in California were challenged by 2011, as the cooler weather left lots of us battling botrytis, rot

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Wine Education

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Maybe you made a truly spectacular batch of Cabernet Sauvignon two years ago and haven’t been able to make another like it since and can’t figure out why. Maybe you’ve been making


Rhône Wines

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Running up a 12-inch (30-cm) wide, rock, one-sided staircase with no handrails from one terrace to another, all more than 30% sloped, I pause to capture my balance, which has now shifted behind

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An Enology Education: Tips from the Pros

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If you are thinking about taking your amateur winemaking to a more professional level, it might be time to consider taking some winemaking classes. In this issue, two wine school instructors discuss some tips for finding your way in winemaking school.


Potassium Sorbate Post-MLF

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If your primary fermentation (sugar to alcohol) is complete you shouldn’t have to add any potassium sorbate to your wine. In fact, adding sorbate to wine after performing malolactic fermentation (ML) can

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Rhône in a Box: Wine Kits

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A good winemaker understands not only his or her grapes and where and how they are grown, but also his or her techniques of elaboration and the greater context of the wine

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16 result(s) found.