Topic: Fermentation

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I made 15 gallons (57 L) of wine in my basement and it won’t finish fermenting. Help!

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Dear Wine Wizard, I made 15 gallons (57 L) of wine in my basement and it won’t finish fermenting. Now I am left with a wine that is carbonated, which I do

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Delestage Fermentation: Techniques

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As an enophile, I enjoy almost every type and style of wine. However, my true love is — and always has been — big, bold, oak-aged reds, the type built for the


How can I keep my fermenters cool during hot weather?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I desperately need to know how to cool my primary. I use two 50-gallon barrels to ferment my wine and am tired of using frozen one-gallon plastic jugs. There

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Evaporative Cooling

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The grapes and apples are picked, crushed and pressed. Everything is a go for fermentation. Except it’s too hot! You want a cool fermentation, around 60 °F (16 °C), but the coolest

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Ice Your Wine! Hot Weather Tips

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It was early August 1988. My mother lived near Temecula, California on a property with 100 Cabernet Sauvignon vines. My husband and I were bringing the small vineyard back to life after

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Using Variable-Volume Fermenters

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I have counted over fifty glass containers in my home winery! Shapes and sizes range from one-gallon (4-liter) jugs to 5-gallon (19-liter) carboys and 14-gallon (54-liter) demijohns. This huge collection of containers


Mastering Malolactic Fermentation: Tips from the Pros

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Malolactic fermentation (MLF) may sound mysterious, but it’s a technique every home winemaker should master. It’s quite different from “regular” fermentation, in which yeast convert sugar into alcohol. MLF involves bacteria instead


Adjust Wine Flavor in the Fermenter

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Making the perfect wine requires a combination of experience, skill, excellent grapes and good fortune. Skill and experience are things you can acquire over time. But finding the perfect grapes is truly


Ferment Well: Tips from the Pros

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Ask most home winemakers where to find America’s best wines, and they will probably say California. Ask for the best region, and they will almost certainly say Napa Valley. And if you

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There is a yellow ring around the top of the wine in my carboy, but the wine tastes and smells fine. What’s with the yellow ring?

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Dear Wine Wizard, My partners and I, for the first time, bought Merlot grapes last year. We followed our normal procedure, which we have been using for the past five years for

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Take Control of Must Temperature–And Reap the Benefits

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Yeast, like most living things, have a climate that they prefer. Just as people like warm, sunny weather, yeast, too, like their atmosphere temperate. When things get cold, around 40 °F (4


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