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Ed, I was looking for answers for when a malo-lactic fermentation is completed and came across your [malolactic fermentation] article. This is the first time I have used fresh grapes for making wine. I have 15 gallons in 3 five gallon carboys right now. I bought the malo- lactic culture at my local supply shop, they knew what kind of wine I was making. You stated in your article that malo-lactic fermentation should not be done to zinfandel wine....that's what I am making. Did I screw up? John F. — OH
Oct
31
2014
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Did A Malolactic Fermentation Ruin My Wine?
Ed, I was looking for answers for when a malo-lactic fermentation is completed and came across your [malolactic fermentation] article. This is the first time I have used fresh grapes for making wine....
ExBeeriment: Water Boil Test
There are all sorts of different ways to start homebrewing – various setups, recipes and equipment to use. When I first began brewing extract kits at home, I used my stovetop and a soup pot for my...
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Though mead making has been covered on the E. C. Kraus Winemaking Blog, mead also falls into the homebrewing side of the equation. It is often judged in BJCP competitions and as it turns out, the...
My Wine's Starting Specific Gravity Is Too High
Hi, I followed a recipe for blueberry wine that called for 15 pounds of sugar and 20 pounds of blueberries for a 6 gallon batch. I just measured it and got a starting Specific Gravity of 1.148 ! Is...
ExBeeriment: Water Boil Test
There are all sorts of different ways to start homebrewing – various setups, recipes and equipment to use. When I first began brewing extract kits at home, I used my stovetop and a soup pot for my...
How to Make Mead Like a Viking!
Though mead making has been covered on the E. C. Kraus Winemaking Blog, mead also falls into the homebrewing side of the equation. It is often judged in BJCP competitions and as it turns out, the...
Simple Style Guide: Brewing A Schwarzbier Recipe
One of my all-time favorite beer styles is the German Schwarzbier. Brewing a Schwarzbier recipe is a great experience, as well. This “black beer” is a dark lager, similar to the Munich dunkel....
6 Tips for Improving Mash Efficiency
For all-grain brewers, mash efficiency refers to the percentage of available sugars that are extracted from the malt into the wort. A mash efficiency of 70-80% is typical for most homebrewers,...
10 Best Home Brewing Resources
In the wide world of homebrew information, what resources to you use for information? When I need to look up a concept, technique, or research for a beer recipe, these are some of the resources I come...
Did A Malolactic Fermentation Ruin My Wine?
Ed, I was looking for answers for when a malo-lactic fermentation is completed and came across your [malolactic fermentation] article. This is the first time I have used fresh grapes for making wine....
Leigh Erwin: Finishing My Mead
Well I have some good news to report in that my mead finally cleared up!  Actually, it was rather amazing how quickly it cleared up after I added yeast nutrient and yeast energizer.  I swear, I...
My Wine's Starting Specific Gravity Is Too High
Hi, I followed a recipe for blueberry wine that called for 15 pounds of sugar and 20 pounds of blueberries for a 6 gallon batch. I just measured it and got a starting Specific Gravity of 1.148 ! Is...
Should I Filter Homemade Wine Before Or After Barrel-Aging?
I am about to age Cabernet Sauvignon in a six-gallon barrel. Should I filter the wine before it goes into the barrel or after it comes out before bottling? John S. — VA ----- Hello John, Thanks for...
My Wine Smells Like Firecrackers!
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