Writer: Bob Peak

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Winemaking Outside of Harvest

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Lots of home winemakers concentrate their efforts in tune with the natural seasons. They make all of their wine in the harvest months of August, September, and October using seasonally available just-picked

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Using Enzymes in Country Wines

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Beyond basic pectic enzymes to increase juice yield and improve clarity, I have not seen much mention of enzyme use in country fruit wines. To be sure, most of the commercial enzyme

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20 Home Winemaking Troubleshooting Tips

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In a notebook of fermentation hobby records, I have a lab report dated November 3, 1998. That soil pre-plant analysis from Fruit Growers Laboratory marked my start 20 years ago in becoming

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Special Purpose Wine Yeasts

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Selecting a yeast strain is one of the most consequential decisions a home winemaker can undertake. Yeast suppliers provide tables and charts of characteristics like alcohol tolerance, influence on varietal character, speed

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Enzymes for Hobbyists

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When pioneers of winemaking like Louis Pasteur or André Tchelistcheff are mentioned, James B. Sumner is often overlooked. Nonetheless, this Nobel-prize-winning chemist (1946) set in motion the entire scientific field for today’s

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White Wine Case Study

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I planted my hobby vineyard in 1999 and made my first wine in the 2002 vintage. I have 125 vines of Chardonnay and 125 of Pinot Noir planted on 1⁄3 acre (0.13

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Using Yeast Nutrients

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In his classic text Knowing and Making Wine, eminent French scientist Emile Peynaud remarked that the conditions for development of yeasts are the very conditions for fermentation itself. This is a way


Cleaning & Sanitizing Techniques

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“They can make the difference between sound wine and spoiled wine.” Daniel Pambianchi was talking about cleaning and sanitizing when he put that maxim in Techniques in Home Winemaking. Home winemakers take


Perfecting and Protecting Wine Color

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Find out how to create and protect the color of your red, white, and pink wines.


New World Winemaking Decisions

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There are competing images in the story of fine wine. One version goes something like, “get the best grapes you can and get out of the way.” It’s great advice and it

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In the Wine Lab

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Sooner or later, if you make wine at home, you are going to do some chemical analysis. To establish (or expand) your wine testing capability, what will it take? There are some


Using Inert Gases in Winemaking

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Blanket, flush, sparge, transfer, dispense. To exclude air while doing any of these things to your wine, your best bet is the use of an inert gas. Just about everyone has seen


Managing Acid in Fruit Wines

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Grapes want to be wine. That may be oversimplified, but the fact is that the vast majority of commercial wines — and most homemade wines — use winegrapes as their base. The

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Choosing the Right Fermenter

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When setting out to make wine from grapes, one of the first major decisions is what you will use as a fermentation container. For most winemaking, you will need a primary fermenter


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