Topic: Specific-Gravity

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Back Sweetening Wine Techniques

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In ancient Greece and Rome, honey was sometimes stirred into wine just before serving. Maybe they just liked the taste of honey. More likely, though, the sweetness of the honey corrected some

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Adding Sugar to your Wine

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Step 1: Measuring What You Have The first step in figuring out how much sugar to add is to find out how much is present in the starting material/juice. These days, most

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Using a Hydrometer

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Learn the basics of how and when to use a hydrometer in your winemaking process.


Sugar and Acid Wine Adjustments

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Perfectly ripe. That is how most winemakers — amateur and professional — want the grape crop to come in for every vintage. “Perfectly ripe” involves a whole host of factors. For home

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Understanding Brix Readings

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One of the most important measurements a winemaker must stay on top of from the time grapes begin to mature in the vineyard through the end of fermentation is degrees Brix. Brix,


Volatile Acidity, Refractometers: Wine Wizard

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Oak chips, mesh bag? I am using Flextanks and oak chips for my wine and am really liking the results. However, I put the oak chips in loose and they clog up

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Sugar Conversion Tables, Making Wine from Sugar Cane: Wine Wizard

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Sugar solution I am fairly new to home winemaking having only made a few kits and three batches of Muscadine wine. I have been using Daniel Pambianchi’s book Techniques in Home Winemaking


Testing for Dryness, Empty Airlock: Wine Wizard

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Testing troubles I’ve been frustrated with the use of Clinitest tablets for measuring the end point or final dryness in my homemade wine and have been wondering and reading about the use

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How Sweet It Is: Chaptalization

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Some time ago, I had the pleasure of receiving four sommeliers into my home winery to sample my 1999 Cabernet Franc. Three of the four gentlemen were from France, one of them


Measuring Residual Sugar

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You are interested in your friend’s opinion on your most recent vintage — most likely a wine you have assessed to be your best ever. You meticulously withdraw a sample and pour


I am getting different gravity readings in my just-crushed juice from samples taken from the top and bottom of the vessel. What’s going on and is there a proper place to take these readings?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have just completed my crush for this year and am experiencing a perplexing problem. I crushed into a 500 L plastic container. The container has a valve on

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How do I allow for suspended solids when taking hydrometer readings?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have been making wines for more than 20 years, but I have a problem with initial sugar determinations, added sugar requirements and subsequent alcohol content. Hydrometer readings on

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Your Home Wine Lab

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Sooner or later, most serious winemakers conclude that it isn’t good enough to simply follow a recipe blindly. That’s a bit too much like painting-by-numbers. The expression of one’s own skill and

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Taking the Fear Out of Must Analysis

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I have something to confess. The most perfect, most exquisite wine passed through my racking cane this fall. I’m not bragging or anything; that’s just the way it is. Now, I should

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