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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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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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Pressing seeds, gluten in wine: Wine Wizard

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Wine and gluten allergy Can you tell me if typical wines in the store contain gluten or if certain yeasts contain gluten? Gluten is a protein in wheat, barley, rye and oats.

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Topping Up With Gas, Freezing Kit Juice: Wine Wizard

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Argon gas My carboys are 6 1⁄4 gallons (24 L). I am making mostly heavy reds and want to bulk age in glass carboys for up to twelve months before bottling. I

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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


Making it Legal, Antique Grape Juice: Wine Wizard

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License to sell I have been making wine at home for the past five years and my friends tell me I am pretty good! They like my wine and I thought about


Choosing Yeast, Boosting Alcohol: Wine Wizard

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Yeasts for MLF I recently inadvertently added the wrong yeast to a new batch of frozen Chardonnay juice. I had planned on using Lallemand’s ICV-D47 but picked up Red Star’s Côte des


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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Cloudy Fruit Wine, Macerating Whites: Wine Wizard

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Clarifying elderflower wine I made some elderflower wine last year and have now decanted it into bottles. It is very cloudy. What would you recommend to make it clear, please? Huw M.

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Organic acid reduction, reusing corks: Wine Wizard

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Raising pH the natural way I am seeking an organic means to raise pH. Any suggestions? Jim Romano Carrollton, Texas The most “organic,” natural way to raise the pH of your wine

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Testing options for pH and TA, Yeast choice for a fruit wine: Wine Wizard

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Barrel tests Can you tell me what I really need to handle one to one and a half barrels of juice annually? The TA and pH kits that I have seen are

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Adding and Subtracting Fizz: Wine Wizard

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A little fizzy I have had rosé and white wines with very low levels of CO2. They are not sparkling wines, nor as fizzy as a Vinho Verde. The wineries must inject

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Chitosan, dry climate grapes: Wine Wizard

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Shellfish and chitosan We’ve all heard of comments about sulfites or phenolic compounds causing headaches, but I use chitosan and kielsosol for clarifying agents. Chitosan is made from shellfish byproducts — could

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High pH, low TA, bottles: Wine Wizard

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High pH and Low TA in a Chardonnay I have a batch of 2006 Chardonnay that has completed primary and secondary fermentation. It tasted flabby so I had it tested for pH

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Malolactic in Action, Lowering pH: Wine Wizard

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Visual MLF? I’ve got about 5 gallons of Baco Noir that just finished fermentation. I live in the Finger Lakes region of New York and I understand that both the region and

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Screw Caps and Fruit Wines: Wine Wizard

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Cap recycling Can I reuse bottles with screw on caps for bottling wine? Jim Neumeister via email What you describe, reusing commercial screwcap wine bottles for subsequent bottlings, is something no commercial

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Refermentation, malo on the move: Wine Wizard

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What’s with the fizz? I bottled an Amarone from juice about six months ago. I have been trying it every couple of months to see how it is coming along. I opened

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Yeast-free wine and quality control: Wine Wizard

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Yeast-free wine? I am a wine lover, but unfortunately I have an intolerance to yeast. Is there a yeast-free or low-yeast wine? John via email Though I’m no medical doctor (I limit


Training New Vines and Bringing Up Tannins: Wine Wizard

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Nip in the bud? I purchased and planted a few Nero d’Avola vines last December and have been carefully taking care of them ever since. I read that in order for the

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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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The Pomace Predicament

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Winemaking, like baking bread or beer brewing, is one of humankind’s most ancient food-manufacturing processes. And, just as baking and brewing leave behind cereal stalks and spent grain, winemaking produces one of


The ABCs of Making Z

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It’s difficult to walk through a wine aisle in the supermarket, or to browse through the kit section in your favorite winemaking store, without coming across a wide selection of Zinfandels. Red,


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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Sparkling Wine, Step-by-Step

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Ah, another summer season come and gone. The family thought your 1997 Chardonnay was great at cousin Bob’s wedding dinner, and the after-dinner crowd at the late summer supper on the deck

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Wine Tasting Made Easy

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You un-bung one of your barrels, thief a little wine out into your glass, and bring it up to your nose for a sniff and a taste. Immediately a little voice in

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