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Wine Making Tips and Tools

Wine can be made from many types of ingredients including grapes, fruits and vegetables.  Making wine is simple.  The most difficult part of the entire process is maintaining cleanliness and following proper sanitization recommendations.  

 

Patience is critical.  Some wine ingredients take longer to yield the perfect wine.   And, some wines require significant aging before they develop the desired flavors you are seeking.  Don and I have made numerous wines.  Many taste awesome at the time we put them in the bottle; however there have also been many that just - well did not taste that great.  Do not pitch those wines that do not taste great!  Your wine will continue to evolve as they bottle age.  Tuck them away in a cool dark part of your wine cellar and re-visit them in six months or a year or two.  You might be amazed at what they have become!  

What are the ten primary steps in winemaking?

1.  Clean and sanitize everything!

2.  Choose your ingredients (grapes, fruit, vegetables).

3.  Prepare the ingredients for winemaking (freeze, crush, strain)

4.  Add the other ingredients and additives (sugar, acid, tannins, nutrients)

5.  Add water

6.  Add the yeast

7.  Allow to ferment.  Be patient.

8.  Rack the wine (move the wine to new containers when needed)

9.  Bottle the wine.

10 Age the wine.   

 

TERMINOLOGY

 

CHOOSING WINE KITS  

SELECTING THE RIGHT YEAST

 

WINE TESTING

 

 

BOTTLING

WEIGHTS AND MEASURES

 MAKING WINE FROM KITS

 

 ADDITIVES

 

 

ACID AND SUGAR

 

 

STORING YOUR WINE

 

BASIC EQUIPMENT NEEDED 

 

MAKING WINE FROM CONCENTRATES

 

 

ENZYMES

 

 

CLARIFIERS AND FILTERING

 

 

ENTERING COMPETITIONS

CLEANING AND SANITIZING

 

MAKING WINE FROM FRESH FRUIT

 

 OAK     
   

MAKING WINE FROM FRESH GRAPE JUICE

     
         
         

 

        
       

 

A few of our favorite resources for winemaking are provided below. Much of what we learned about winemaking was learned from reading Lum Eisenman's manuals and visiting Jack Keller's website.   These gentlemen have graciously shared their resources for free across the internet world.  If you share them with others please remember to give them credit.       

  

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The Home Winemaker’s Manual – by Lum Eisenman

This is my personal favorite.  Print out a copy and put it in a binder.  You will find yourself visiting it often.  

This free ebook is 179 pages of detailed winemaking how to. In addition to how to make wine there are several chapters explaining the science behind winemaking, the “why”.   

                                                                                             

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 Jack Keller’s Winemaking Page

Jack Keller has decades of winemaking experience and is frequently called on as a Winemaking Judge across the country.  He is a frequent contributor to Winemaking Magazine and he maintains an amazing winemaking webpage and blog. With tons of in depth articles on every aspect of winemaking (and many of topics too!) this is a resource you don’t want to miss.  

 If you can think of an ingredient, Jack Keller can make wine with it.   

 

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Making Table Wine at Home – By Cooke and Lapsy

This is considered to be the bible for home winemakers. Published in 1988 this book is available for free. It’s about 50 pages long and contains dynamite explanations of what to do and how to do it with respect to making wine at home.

Yes, it was published a long time ago. Remember though that wine has been made for thousands of years and the process is the same. There may be newer tools on the market that make certain aspects of wine-making easier, however, the concepts and methods are the same.

 

WINEMAKING TECHNICAL ARTICLES

Acidity / pH :

Fining

Malolactic Fermentation

Sulphur Dioxide

Fermentation

Spoilage

Tannin

Sur Lie

Oak

Pinot Noir

Port

Sherry

Sparkling Wine

Home Winemaking Overview

Closures

Miscellaneous Topics

 

 

 

 

 

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