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What would you recommend to make my wine clear, please?

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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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A week in I realized that I forgot to put water in my airlock…

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Empty airlock I am new to making homemade wine and I recently started my own batch of Pinot Grigio. A week in I realized that I forgot to put water in my

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I’ve been frustrated with the use of Clinitest tablets for measuring…

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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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I made some wine about four months ago but the level of alcohol is at 8%.

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Increasing alcohol I made some wine about four months ago but the level of alcohol is at 8%. Is there something that I can do now to increase the level of alcohol?

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I recently inadvertently added the wrong yeast to a new batch of frozen Chardonnay juice.

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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

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When do I cross the line from being just a home hobbyist to being a “winemaker?”

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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

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I made my first batch of Merlot and tried a bottle after it aged for a month.

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Sparkling red? I made my first batch of Merlot and tried a bottle after it aged for a month. I noticed that the wine had some carbonation to it. Will this go

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Add 12 grams of citric or tartaric acid to your sanitizing solution.

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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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Can you tell me if typical wines in the store contain gluten

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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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Will freezing affect the juice I get in a 5-gallon (19-L) kit?

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Freezing kit juice Will freezing affect the juice I get in a 5-gallon (19-L) kit? I am concerned about the variations that occur in home winemaking. My 6-gallon (23-L) primary fermenter works

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Where can I find good quality bottles?

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Bottle quest I have a few batches of wine under my belt. I have been plagued with either cheap, flat bottom bottles or stuck collecting and cleaning out empties. Where do wineries

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How can I fix a wine with high pH and low TA?

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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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Can MLF bacteria become airborne?

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MLF malfunction As the weather warmed in May 2007, several of the wines in my basement started working again, similar in appearance to a MLF fermentation. I also noticed renewed fermentation in

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2007 Label Contest Winners

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It may be plonk, but – our grand prize winner shows – that doesn’t mean the label can’t be cool. See all the winners of WineMaker’s annual label contest.

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Why are my TA readings off?

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I crushed and sulfited my Cab grapes. In doing the initial tests I got the following readings. Brix was 23.5 (+.22 temp correction) = 23.7, S.G. 1.099 (+.013 temp correction) = 1.112,

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How do I know if I’ve blended correctly?

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The Zin of Blending We just blended a 55 gal. 1997 oak barrel with a blend of 60% Zinfindel and 40% Merlot. Whatever comes out, we’re going to drink it! But could

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Fruit and Grape Blends: Tips from the Pros

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Ken Korando came to winemaking by way of entrepreneurship. Educated as an electronics engineer, he and a colleague patented technology used to decline balance debit cards – the sort of technology that


Fruit and Grape Blends: Tips from the Pros

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Ken Korando came to winemaking by way of entrepreneurship. Educated as an electronics engineer, he and a colleague patented technology used to decline balance debit cards – the sort of technology that

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2007 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Results!

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From April 20–22, 2007, a record total of 3,422 different wines were judged at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, Vermont. The 2007 edition of the WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition represented the

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Blending and testing: Wine Wizard

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The Zin of Blending We just blended a 55 gal. 1997 oak barrel with a blend of 60% Zinfindel and 40% Merlot. Whatever comes out, we’re going to drink it! But could

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How can I locate a specific variety of grapes to buy?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I came back from Australia six months ago and was fortunate enough to visit the Hunter Valley. I brought back some wine and among the bottles was a Chardonnay/Verdelho

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What is the best way to clean an old wine press I just acquired?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I just came across an old grape press hardly used (from the 1950 era I think). I have two questions: Firstly, what would be a good way to clean


How often should wine equipment be sanitized? And are certain sanitation products preferable to others for certain pieces of equipment?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I just have a brief question regarding wine sanitation. How often should wine equipment be sanitized? If there is need for continuous sanitation, at which point in the process

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What could cause the acid levels in my wine to rise as it ages?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have been making wine from fresh grapes such as Chambourcin, Champanell, Mustang, Muscat Blanc and Blanc du Bois. My situation is that the total acidity (TA) rises during

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Ozone Sanitation and Filtering Facts: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I’ve heard that a lot of wineries are using ozone for their sanitation programs. I make about ten barrels of wine a year — should I buy an ozonator

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