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Use Of Bleach In A Winery

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My rule is no chlorine bleach in my wineries, never, nohow. Anything containing chlorine might contribute to the dreaded “corked wine aroma,” 2-4-6 trichloroanisole (TCA), in your finished wines. It can be

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Chlorine In My Wine

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Oh dear. I fear that your wine has been contaminated not just with chlorine, but with the dreaded TCA, or tri-chloroanisole aroma defect. Also known as the “corked” aroma, TCA is the

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Guide to Cleaning and Sanitizing Winemaking Equipment

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We can probably all agree that readying equipment for winemaking is not exactly a carboy of fun; nevertheless, it is an absolutely crucial aspect of winemaking. Reports of wine gone bad and,

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Cleaning and Sanitizing Your Way to Better Wine Kits

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I had a very interesting conversation with a couple of veteran winemakers at a guided wine tasting I conducted this fall. Together, they had made dozens of batches of wine, were using

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Build a Carboy Cleaner

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I learned quickly during my early days of cleaning up after myself in the winery that a carboy brush is designed to spackle the walls, surrounding cabinets and the user with undesirable

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Cleaning and Sanitation for Beginners

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An introduction to cleaning and sanitation for beginners.


Wine Press Mold Growth

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Ah, yes, the joys of wood. We use wood in the winery for barrels and barrel-alternatives of course but, especially for the small-scale winemaker, wooden presses are still often part of our

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One Step Cleaning

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One Step is a proprietary cleaning (and somewhat sanitizing) solution that is a secret formula; even the Wine Wizard will never know exactly what it’s made out of. From what I can

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Cleaning & Sanitizing Techniques

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“They can make the difference between sound wine and spoiled wine.” Daniel Pambianchi was talking about cleaning and sanitizing when he put that maxim in Techniques in Home Winemaking. Home winemakers take


Battling VA

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It sounds like you took the right approach. A VA (volatile acidity) of 0.70 is not “out of this world” high, though it is a little elevated. Especially if this was a

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Is it ok to use ammonia in the winery?

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Regarding ammonia (chemical formula NH3), I’m glad you brought the subject up. There’s a reason why we don’t use ammonia for sanitation in the winery and one acronym says it all: DAP.

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Adding Acid to Sanitize, Sparkling Situation: Wine Wizard

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Acid for sanitizing In The Winemaker’s Answer Book (on page 54), you say to add 12 grams of citric or tartaric acid to your sanitizing solution. Is it OK to use an

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Harvest Planning

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For winemakers, grape harvest is a period of intense activity. Important decisions and preparations need to happen well in advance of crush day in order for things to go smoothly. These decisions

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Wine Wizard Revealed & Top 10 Winemaking Questions

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A Word From the Publisher And the Wine Wizard is……. “When will my fermentation stop?” “Why did my fermentation stop?” One thing I can count on as publisher of WineMaker magazine is

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What is the best way to clean an old wine press I just acquired?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I just came across an old grape press hardly used (from the 1950 era I think). I have two questions: Firstly, what would be a good way to clean


How often should wine equipment be sanitized? And are certain sanitation products preferable to others for certain pieces of equipment?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I just have a brief question regarding wine sanitation. How often should wine equipment be sanitized? If there is need for continuous sanitation, at which point in the process

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What is the best way to store plastic fermentation tubs and keep them clean?

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Dear Wine Wizard, Many home winemakers have food grade plastic tubs (5 or 6-gallon volume) used for primary fermentation, stored for that fantastic next batch. I formerly used bleach to keep them

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Is it possible for the potassium metabisulfite powder I use for sanitizing to lose its strength over time?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have a question about sanitizing. I just mixed a fresh batch of potassium metabisulfite (1.5 oz. powder to 1 gallon water) to sanitize my equipment, and this latest


Keep it Clean

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Winemaking is a glorious hobby, one that impresses your friends since you make wine and they do not. Wine- making gives us an identity: We are winemakers! When we get together with


Spring Cleaning for Winemakers: Tips from the Pros

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Spring is often seen as a time for cleaning, and there’s plenty for the home winemaker to do after a long winter. This includes scrubbing away the grime, dust and cobwebs that

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Easy Cleaning and Sanitizing

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There is just one overriding rule when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing: You must do it. Methods differ, and it’s fine — even desirable — to experiment to find the techniques


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