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Adding Oak & Rehydrating Yeast: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I make wine in five-gallon batches from juice that I buy in Canada. I also buy skins, stems, and small bags of toasted oak chips, then let it all

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Definitions: Acetobacter: A group of bacteria that oxidatively convert wine to vinegar (ethanol into acetic acid) through an aerobic (oxygen present) fermentation. Acid blend: A generic name for any commercially available blend

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What does toasting add to oak flavor? Can I use a blowtorch on an oak plank to toast it, cut it in thin strips and add to my wine?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I make wine in five-gallon batches from juice that I buy in Canada. I also buy skins, stems, and small bags of toasted oak chips, then let it all

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There is a yellow ring around the top of the wine in my carboy, but the wine tastes and smells fine. What’s with the yellow ring?

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Dear Wine Wizard, My partners and I, for the first time, bought Merlot grapes last year. We followed our normal procedure, which we have been using for the past five years for

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Wine Age Shelf Life & Pounds of Grapes: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I’ve heard homemade wines go bad after two years. What causes that and how can I prevent it? Tom Alton Grand Island, Neb. Wine Wizard replies: As Miss Manners

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How many pounds of grapes will make five gallons (19 L) of wine? Are there guidelines for reds and whites and varieties within each of those groups?

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You’ll need about 85 to 90 pounds (39 to 41 kg) of fresh grapes (still on their stems) to make five gallons of wine. It will start off at about 2.5 lug


My cherry wine has a bitter/tart taste. Is there any way to remove this?

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have made 2.5-gallon batches of pin cherry wine. Without a recipe to go by, I used my old standby: chockcherry recipe of 20 plus years. It makes excellent

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Pressing Cherries & Yeast Life: Wine Wizard

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Dear Wine Wizard, I have made 2.5-gallon batches of pin cherry wine. Without a recipe to go by, I used my old standby: chockcherry recipe of 20 plus years. It makes excellent

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What is the best way for a home winemaker to make fortified wines?

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Dear Wine Wizard, My interest in grape-derived alcoholic drink is largely restricted to dessert wines and sweet, fortified wines. It is my understanding that fortified wines can come about from one of


More Practical Wine Terms

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Hydrometer: An inexpensive and widely available analytical device that measures the specific gravity (relative density) of a solution. Very useful to measure the amount of sugar (in Balling or degrees Brix) in

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Antioxidant: Compound that retards oxidation and slows its effects in wine (browning, sherry-like aromas). Sulfur dioxide, SO2, is the most widely used winemaking antioxidant. It also serves as an antimicrobial agent. Carboy:

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