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Posted in thread: Adding oak to my Cabernet on 12-05-2014 at 06:07 PM
Thanks Yooper. I'm planning to rack and sulfite this weekend. I'll take a taste, add the oak
and check again after a couple of weeks. I've never oaked before and don't want to overpower
the wine. My f...
Posted in thread: Adding oak to my Cabernet on 12-04-2014 at 02:25 PM
I have not made wine in a couple of years and decided to try making Cabernet Sauvignon from a
bucket of fresh juice vs pressing grapes this time. Primary fermentation completed and I racked
over to a ...
Posted in thread: pH adjustment after fermentation on 10-16-2012 at 03:58 PM
I think I'll leave it alone and see what time does for me. I found this article on high pH /
high TA wines. Looks like my TA is in the correct range, but the higher pH could lead to
spoilage. I'm afra...
Posted in thread: pH adjustment after fermentation on 10-16-2012 at 01:13 PM
OK, so I measured the TA last night using the titration method two ways - color change and ph
change. I believe I did this correctly and got similar results. Based on the color change
method, I came u...
Posted in thread: pH adjustment after fermentation on 10-15-2012 at 05:16 PM
My notes are at home, but I believe it was around .6%, assuming I did the test correctly.The
instructions with my kit said to stop when any color change was seen. Other instructions say
the diluted so...
Posted in thread: pH adjustment after fermentation on 10-15-2012 at 02:19 PM
I just tested the pH of my Merlot with a meter I borrowed. It's coming in at about 3.98-4.00. I
didn't have the meter during the crush, but I did check the TA of the must with an acid test.
It looked ...
Posted in thread: Results from juice, yeast and sugar experiments on 10-05-2012 at 08:28 PM
I'm trying 2 gallon batches of hard cider this fall. I have 1 gallon of sweet cider from a
local orchard (pasteurized, but no preservatives). No idea what the apple make-up is, but
assume it's sweet. ...
Posted in thread: When to rack my wine? on 11-14-2010 at 08:34 PM
Thanks for the replies. Since this is my first attempt, I'm just going to follow the process
that all the old Italians have been using for years. I'll plan to rack it in the next day or so
and plan to...
Posted in thread: When to rack my wine? on 11-13-2010 at 11:30 PM
I am in the process of making wine for the first time. My in-laws are from Italy and have been
making it for years. I decided to get in on the action this year.I bought 3 cases of Barbera
grapes. We c...
Posted in thread: Wine from fresh juice on 02-06-2010 at 02:56 AM
My local brew shop is taking orders for fresh Chilean grape varieties and fresh juice. I'm
considering the 6 gallon bucket of juice, but wondering what experience others have had with
this method. It ...