Topic: New-to-WineMaking

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Lees, Sur Lie Aging, and Bâttonage

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Learn about the lees that we find in wine and how we can use them
to our advantage.


Volatile Acidity Basics

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It’s a dirty phrase in most winemaking circles, but volatile acidity
is found in all wine and having a little can actually add complexity
to a wine. Get the scoop on volatile acidity


Stone Fruit Wines

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Also known as drupes, stone fruits offer some advantages over some other types of fruit for making wine. Learn some basics of making stone fruit wines.


Prepping Wine For Competition

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If you’ve got a wine aging in your cellar you would like unbiased, expert opinions on, then entering it in a competition for judging is one of the best options. Get some pointers for getting the best feedback.


Understanding the Basics of pH Meters

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pH meters are a crucial piece of testing equipment for winemakers looking to take their hobby to the next level. Learn some basics of why, how, and when.


Put Some Sparkle In Your Wines

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There are several techniques a home winemaker can create bubbles for their wine. Learn about the methods for crafting a sparkling wine of your own.


Advice For A Beginning Winemaker

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Winemaking is always a learning process and even those of us that have been doing this for a long time still learn a lot every harvest and all year-round! However, that being said, I do have some tidbits for new winemakers. In my Winemaker’s Answer Book I spell out what I think are probably the

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Honey-Based Wines

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The earliest known alcoholic beverage uncovered on Earth was a mead from northern China. Get familiarized with the great and storied world of honey-based wines.


The Alcohols

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Ethanol may be the most prominent and well-known alcohol in wine, but it is not the only one to play a large role in a wine’s character. Learn about the various alcohols in wine.


The ABC’s of MLF

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If you make your own wine, no matter what kind, the concept of malolactic fermentation (MLF) should be well embedded in your mind. Learn some of the basics of MLF.


The Role Of Nitrogen in Winemaking

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Learn about the fundamentals of nitrogen levels in your winemaking as well as how, when, and what additions are needed


The Basics Of Racking Wine

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For anyone that has been in the hobby for a while, you’ve seen the instructions, “Siphon wine into a vessel for aging,” or some variation of that. But tips and tricks to


Grape Skins: Start to finish

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Grape skins can be one of the most important components when creating some wines, while being detrimental to others. Scratch the surface of grape skins in this piece.


Oak Yeah!? When and why to add oak to wine

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Adding oak to a wine can add an amazing depth of character or it can detract from the fruit. Learn some keys to managing the oak in your wine.


The Importance of Temperature Control in Winemaking

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Not properly controlling the temperature of your grapes, must, juice, or wine can have lasting impacts. Learn when and how to take control.


Getting Closure: Corkers and Cork Sizing

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Learn about the various factors that affect a home winemaker’s decision when choosing cork size and corkers.


Corks & Closures

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Learn about your cork and closure options when it comes to bottling


Grape Expectations

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Having trouble trying to commit to starting into the hobby world, or looking for next steps in your journey into winemaker. We’ve got a few suggestions for those folks.


Backsweetening

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Not all wines can or should be backsweetened, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t learn the process. Find out the basics of backsweetening.


Wine Acid 101

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Balance is often the key to producing a winning wine. This means knowing how to measure and adjust acidity if needed. Learn the basics of wine acids.


Getting Hardcore with Apples

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Get some basic pointers for making hard cider or apple wine.


Let’s Get Macerating

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The concept of maceration is a rather simple one: Take crushed grapes (or fruit) and allow the grapes — skins, seeds, and stems — a period to soak with the grape juice.


Widen Your Winemaking Spectrum

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Many winemakers and wine drinkers can get stuck in the mentality that wine is only made from Vitis vinifera grapes, and any other additions or deviations from this platform is a clear step down. But there is a whole world of wines outside of vinifera grapes.


Avoiding The Winemaker’s Pitfalls

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Learn key tips to avoid common winemaking pitfalls.


Keys To Great White Wine

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A beautifully crafted white wine is a thing of beauty. If done well, a winemaker can be drinking a very nice example 8 months after harvest, plenty enough to be sipping one


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