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Dumb Merlot & Filmy Finishes: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, One of my favorite batches is a 2002 Merlot, which was naturally fermented (no added sugars or yeast), aged in an oak barrel for 10 months or so, stored

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I made some wine using coffee as an ingredient and I was wondering what happens to the caffeine during fermentation?

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Dear Wine Wizard, My dad and I made a gallon of coffee wine from a recipe we found on the Internet. It’s going through its second fermentation right now. It said to

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Could you provide me some ideas on an easy and cost effective way to properly frame a stand for my barrels?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I am a novice winemaker who recently purchased a new 15-gallon (57-L) American white oak barrel. While going through the purchasing process, I realized that there are an abundance

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Flat & Sweet: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, My pear wine is watery and flat, I have already bottled it. Is there anyway to save it? It was my first attempt at winemaking and I don’t know

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I made 15 gallons (57 L) of wine in my basement and it won’t finish fermenting. Help!

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Dear Wine Wizard, I made 15 gallons (57 L) of wine in my basement and it won’t finish fermenting. Now I am left with a wine that is carbonated, which I do

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How do I get copper sulfate in accurate diluted food grade form? I would like to treat 5 gallons (19 L) of stinky fruit wine to get rid of the rotton sewer smell.

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Dear Wine Wizard, How do I get copper sulfate in accurate diluted food grade form? I would like to treat 5 gallons (19 L) of stinky fruit wine to get rid of

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How do you sterile filter your wine?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have a 2003 Chardonnay aging in my garage. I have about 65 gallons, which I initially fermented at about 40 degrees F (4 degrees C) for four months


I made a mead that has a sour taste. Will this mellow out with age?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I made my first batch of mead, (actually a braggot) and upon first racking determined the alcohol level to be approximately 10.5% ABV – right where I wanted it.

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Bracing Barrels & Coffee Wine: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I am a novice winemaker who recently purchased a new 15-gallon (57-L) American white oak barrel. While going through the purchasing process, I realized that there are an abundance

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2004 WineMaker Label Contest Winners!

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The winners of the 2004 WineMaker Label Contest

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Copper Sulfate Solutions: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, How do I get copper sulfate in accurate diluted food grade form? I would like to treat 5 gallons (19 L) of stinky fruit wine to get rid of


Where can an amateur buy a larger sized cork for a 3-liter bottle?

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Dear Wine Wizard, Where can an amateur buy a cork for a 3-liter bottle? The one I have measures 21/8“ by 13/16” (54mm by 30mm). I have several of these bottles and

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Are there basic rules when it comes to choosing bottle color and shape for different styles of wines?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I bottle my wine in recycled bottles and give much of it away. A friend who is on the receiving end is critical of my choice in color type

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Fine Filtering Chardonnay: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have a 2003 Chardonnay aging in my garage. I have about 65 gallons, which I initially fermented at about 40 degrees F (4 degrees C) for four months

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Colossal Corking: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, Where can an amateur buy a cork for a 3-liter bottle? The one I have measures 21/8“ by 13/16” (54mm by 30mm). I have several of these bottles and

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I added grape concentrate to boost the sweetness of a dry wine at bottling and added sorbate. The flavor is good, but there is some kind of gas in the wine. Any thoughts on what happened?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I made a Muscadine wine this year that ended up very dry with harsh flavor. I wanted it to have more of a grape flavor so I added some

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Carbs in Wine & Bottle Styles: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, Recently I had an inquiry from a diabetic in regards to the amounts of carbs, sugars and calories in dry white and red wines made from concentrated kits. In

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Is it possible for a plastic fermenter to impact the effectiveness of isinglass as a fining agent?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I used isinglass as a clarifier in my Viognier. I have it in a 55-gallon plastic food-grade barrel. It started to settle out some of the particles but never

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Fizziness in Concentrate: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I made a Muscadine wine this year that ended up very dry with harsh flavor. I wanted it to have more of a grape flavor so I added some

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I’ve noticed crystals forming inside my Zinfandel bottles. Do you have an explanation?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have been making red Zinfandel wine at home with juice concentrate. I‘ve noticed crystals forming inside and they stick to the bottle. When you shake the bottle they

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Can you use a spare refrigerator on a low setting to store red wines?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have a nice little 30-bottle wine fridge in the house but it’s bursting at the seams with the fruits of my labor (or the labors of my fruit,

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Plastic charges: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I used isinglass as a clarifier in my Viognier. I have it in a 55-gallon plastic food-grade barrel. It started to settle out some of the particles but never

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Can Lambrusco wine be refrigerated for several months and then safely kept on a wine rack?

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Dear Wine Wizard, Can Lambrusco wine be refrigerated for several months and then safely kept on a wine rack? What is the expiration time frame for this wine? Jeanne Considine Boulder, Colorado

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Is it possible for the potassium metabisulfite powder I use for sanitizing to lose its strength over time?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have a question about sanitizing. I just mixed a fresh batch of potassium metabisulfite (1.5 oz. powder to 1 gallon water) to sanitize my equipment, and this latest


2003 WineMaker International Amateur Wine Competition Winners!

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1,499 entries 287 wine flights 221 total judging hours 41 American states 8 Canadian provinces 4 countries Walking into a large ballroom packed with 1,499 wine bottles organized into 287 wine flights

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