Writer: Alison Crowe

Should I boil or soak my corks prior to bottling?

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The Wine Wizard replies: In the home winemaking world there is quite a bit of debate on how to treat corks before they’re fed into the hand corker and forced down the


What can I do to prevent my recurring problem of excess CO2 in my wines?

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Unless you artificially carbonate your still wines by kegging them, there is only one possible source of carbon dioxide in wines — microbes, specifically little bacteria and yeastie beasties that love to

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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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Your question is a valid one — one that many winemakers before you have wondered about. As you have discovered, where you take a sample from in a tank can give you

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My first white wine has a fizziness and tasted like it is almost carbonated. Do you have any suggestions?

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Wine Wizard replies: First of all, you need to make sure that the fermentation is finished. You do this by checking your sugars with a hyrdrometer. Fermentation for a “dry” wine is


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

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You’ve hit the nail on he head — a hydrometer reading does depend on the amount of suspended solids in the juice that you’re measuring. As sugar is more dense than water,

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My wine tastes tart and I think there is too much acid. Any suggestions to correct this problem?

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You all seem to have the same problem, so I thought I’d answer you all together. Acid adjustment, or better, achieving the right acid balance, is one of the arts of winemaking.


Should I add Campden tablets each time I rack my wine and how do I measure the level of sulfite in my wine?

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Hold on there, tiger! If you’ve got a standard 0.44 gram Campden tablet and you’re putting it in one gallon of wine, you’re blasting it with 66 mg/L sulfur dioxide, which is


Can you tell me what all those chemicals that come with wine kits are for and if it’s necessary to use them?

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Wine Wizard replies: Your question is complex. In fact, it could lead to pages upon pages of response if I elucidated upon “all those chemicals” (and many of them are not really

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How can I increase the sugar content of my juice without using refined sugar?

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Wine Wizard replies: If you’ve seen a lot of home winemaking recipes that recommend pounds upon pounds of refined sugar, it’s because refined sugar is the cheapest agent available to home winemakers

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My wine has developed a foul taste and odor from Brettanomyces. Is it correctable?

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Brettanomyces is a particularly nasty yeast that is often the bane of the collective existence of many winemakers. Its foul-smelling byproducts have often been called “barnyardy” or “mouse pee-like” on the sensory

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From Grape to Glass

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Nothing feels as satisfying and authentic as making your first batch of wine from fresh grapes. And there’s no better time to try it than in early autumn, when grapes all over

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What changes the color to blue when water is used to clean containers that held elderberry juice I used for winemaking?

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You’re right in assuming that it has something to do with acidity, but the answer you’re looking for is not exactly the presence of an acid but rather the absence of one.

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Would a welding supply company be a good source of argon gas for winemaking?

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Commercial wineries get a lot of their argon from welding supply houses, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t, too. The only thing that I would wonder is just how much argon you’ll

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How can I best rid my wine of tartrate crystals?

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Sometimes commercial wineries chill their for months in the 30-degree Fahrenheit range and still get “tartrate fallout.” Even if a wine has been “cold stabilized,” as this process is called, there’s no

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How can I best save an open container of grape juice concentrate?

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 In regards storing your opened can of concentrate, I would freeze it. Dump the remains into a Tupperware or other freezer-safe storage container and stick it in your freezer. The high sugar

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I picked up two very old glass carboys at a flea market and I don’t know what used to be stored in them. Should I still use them for winemaking?

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I have three remonstrative but kindly meant words for you: don’t go there. Though I’m known among my friends and associates as an antiquities enthusiast, when it comes to winemaking, I have

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Is yeast extract the same as yeast hulls and yeast nutrient? And what is the best way to use it?

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Have no fear of the Champagne yeast failing to take off in your honey. As long as you dilute the honey accordingly, you’ll have a sugar solution that the yeast should happily

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How is Fume Blanc made? I would like to make some at home!

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Wine Wizard replies: The short answer to your question is: 0.45 micron nominal filter pads are the industry standard for “sterile” filtration. These pads prevent all yeast and bacteria from getting through.

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I just bought my first barrel and opted for a paraffin-lined model. Will this work or do I need charred barrels for wine aging?

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Charred, toasted, fired … it’s all pretty much the same. In the wine industry, as well as the distilled beverage industry, heat-treated wooden barrels and kegs are used as storage vessels in

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When I opened my blueberry-Zinfandel wine I was struck by a strong acetone-type smell. Am I experiencing bottle sickness or TCA?

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I’m so glad you’ve discovered the pleasures of blueberries and Zinfandel! I find that these two fruits complement each other well in Bordeaux-style red winemaking. But you also seem to be experiencing

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A sediment like fine sand is appearing in my homemade wine after it is opened. Can you tell me what’s going on?

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You’ve got a case of the common “tartrate fall-outs.” The “fine sand” sediment you’re seeing in your bottled Concord wine is probably small tartrate crystals — or solidified tartaric acid. I’m sure


What does “surely” mean when referring to winemaking? I can’t find a definition anywhere.

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I’m so glad you wrote with this question! How many of us have stood there baffled, not knowing what to do or where to turn, when faced with an unfamiliar wine term

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How do I adjust my wine’s pH without changing the TA?

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Ask almost any commercial winemaker and they will say that pH is one of the most important – if not the most important – winemaking parameter. Even though TA is important for

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I’ve read you can use bananas to give body to thin wines. Can you please explain why this works and any impact on flavor?

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 Home winemakers use bananas, both dried and fresh, as a source of perceptible sweetness and body. Both effects are derived from the complex polysaccharides (that’s a fancy name for big, long-chain sugars)

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I’ve heard homemade wines go bad after two years. What causes that and how can I prevent it?

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As Miss Manners would say, “Do not despair, gentle reader.” It is absolutely a falsehood that homemade wine “goes bad” after two years. It has just as much potential for staying power


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