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Old 04-02-2011, 11:31 PM   #1
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I'm thinking of trying wine making for the first time. I've been watching some wine making videos and I'm comfortable with the process. Equipment is not a problem, nor is fermentation science. I've been homebrewing beer for 26 years. My question is: I live in Las Vegas, Nv. Ambient temp here is warm/hot. for 7 months out of the year. I don't have a way of storing the packaged wine at the optimum temp (55F). Is it possible to store/age the wine in a refrigerator ( 36 F or so, my only option) and still produce a good quality wine? I'm thinking of making something like a Pinot or a Cab. Is this whishful thinking or is it possible. Or maybe should I try making a a white wine?

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Old 04-02-2011, 11:34 PM   #2
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I'm thinking of trying wine making for the first time. I've been watching some wine making videos and I'm comfortable with the process. Equipment is not a problem, nor is fermentation science. I've been homebrewing beer for 26 years. My question is: I live in Las Vegas, Nv. Ambient temp here is warm/hot. for 7 months out of the year. I don't have a way of storing the packaged wine at the optimum temp (55F). Is it possible to store/age the wine in a refrigerator ( 36 F or so, my only option) and still produce a good quality wine? I'm thinking of making something like a Pinot or a Cab. Is this whishful thinking or is it possible. Or maybe should I try making a a white wine?
If you're going to store your wine for years and years, you'll want a wine fridge- those Haier wine fridges are pretty good for the price. Fridge temps are just too cold for aging big red wines.

The wine should be in the carboy a year or two, if you're making a cab out of fresh grapes or juice so you definitely have time to think about it. Or you could do a cheaper kit and drink it in a year or two instead of long term aging.
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It's not that hard to tweak a fridge thermostat to do what you want. This means dedicating a entire fridge to this project and the electric bill connected to it.
Another approach is to dig a really deep hole in your yard. If you get down far enough you'll have a good stable temp.

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