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Leigh Erwin: A Beginner's Wine Making Journey: Part 17
Hey all!  Beginner winemaking blogger, Leigh, here! I am so excited to report that I received my next shipment from ECKraus.com the other day!  As you may recall, my first wine was a California Connoisseur Pinot Grigio that is now hanging out in wine bottles (bottled a few days before Christmas), and my second wine was a SunCal Chardonnay that is currently spending some time kicking back in a...
How To Make Homemade Concord Wine
I have about 2 gallons of homemade Concord grape juice in canning jars. This juice isn't clear and contains pulp but doesn't contain any preservatives. Can I make wine with this and if so how??Name: CindyState: GA ----- Hello Cindy, Absolutely, you can make homemade concord wine with your canning jars of concord juice. The first that to understand is that in the case of making wine with concord as...
Leigh Erwin: A Beginner's Wine Making Journey: Part 15
Hi there, folks!  Leigh here! I have finally started batch #2 of homemade wine from ECKraus.com and I wanted to share with you all my/its progress! As I mentioned in an earlier post, this time I wanted to try making the wine using individual wine making ingredients instead of a wine making kit, to see if 1) I could do it without that much instruction and 2) it was better or worse in the end than...
How Do You Lower The Acidity Of A Wine?
Have now racked my muscadine wine for the 2nd time and gave it a taste test. It seems to have a very tart taste. What can I do to correct this?Name: BudState: Tennessee ----- Hello Bud, The reason your homemade Muscadine wine is too tart is because the acidity is two high. The acidity comes from the fruit, itself, in this case the Muscadine grapes. It can also come from any Acid Blend you added as...
Leigh Erwin: A Beginner's Wine Making Journey: Part 13
Hi everyone!  I just finished the first phase of my new batch of homemade wine made from a wine juice concentrate, and I’m very hopeful at the moment for its success!  It smells and looks great, so here’s hoping fermentation will start right up and get cranking (though I do realize it could take a day or two to really get moving). First thing is first—I sterilized the equipment I was going to use...
Can I Make Wine From Grape Juice That Was Diluted With Water?
I purchased a winemaking kit that came with fresh juice from a local winery. The process was not explained well in the class, and it turns out I added water to the fresh juice in error (instructions did not differentiate between fresh and concentrated juice). The juice does contain 50% water, and has been in the refrigerator since (about 2 months). Is this juice still usable to make a batch of...
Why Did Stirring My Wine Result In An Eruption?
I made my first 5 gallons of plum wine last fall and it turned out really well. Recently I decided to try making grape wine using frozen grape concentrate. I figured on only doing a gallon to start with before making a larger batch. I used a plastic gallon milk jug for the primary fermentation and after the second day decided to stir the wine. That turned out to be a huge mistake! As soon as...
Leigh Erwin: A Beginner's Wine Making Journey: Part 12
Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is having a great start to 2014 so far!  I think I’m finally caught up from all the holiday madness, and am so ready to get back in the groove of my beginner wine making efforts. Now that I have time to breathe, I think it’s about time to start a new batch of homemade wine, no?  If you recall from my last entry, I had ordered a bunch of stuff from ECKraus.com in order...
Leigh Erwin: A Beginner's Wine Making Journey: Part 10
It’s like Christmas all over again at the Erwin residence! Coming home from work today, I saw a package waiting at my doorstep, and I knew exactly what it was—my new order from ECKraus!  I had such a fun time making my first batch of wine, that I couldn’t wait to get started on the second!  I was trying to figure out what to do next, when I decided that I would try something different than the...
Why Does My Homemade Wine Have A Woody Taste And Woody Smell?
Why do some of my wines turn out with a woody smell or taste?Name: Dina T.State: Ohio ----- Dina, The obvious reason your homemade wines would have a woody taste and woody smell is because it is either being aged in wood, or wood was added during the making of the wine, for example, our French Oak Chips. If you are not doing either of these, then we have to start looking at the not so obvious....
I Added Too Much Wine Tannin Powder To My Wine
What happens when you add too much tannin? I've been making wine for about 5 yrs now and have had good results for each of the many fruit wines that I've made...I was always very careful to make sure measurements were accurate...this time making a pear wine, I made the mistake of picking up wine tannin powder and added 2 tbls...I was suppose to be adding pectic (which is what I thought I...
Stirring A Slow Wine Fermentation
I just wanted to ask you if you think stirring or swirling a wine must when it starts to slow down before the first racking, because point zero hasn't been reached yet, would that help or hurt anything as far as the wine is concerned, or should I just add more nutrient and not stir or swirl at all? Thanks, James ----- Hello James,The first thing that should be pointed out is that it is not unusual...
Adding More Grape Concentrate To Wine
I am getting ready to make 10 gallons of wine from 2 cans of Sun Cal Riesling concentrate. My question is would an additional can of Sun Cal Riesling really improve the fullness of the wine or would not really be worth the investment of shipping another can of concentrate? I have made a batch of this wine several years ago and it turn out pretty good. Hope you can help...Name: Vincent O.State: IA...
There's A Sulfur Smell In My Fermenting Wine
I'm making a Sauvignon Blanc from a 6 gallon bucket of refrigerated fresh juice that was already pH balanced, sulfited and inoculated with a wine yeast by the producer. Instructions on bucket; bring must to 76 degrees stir 2x daily, recover with bucket lid and rack to secondary fermenter at 1.020. My starting SG 1.090 and I racked last night after two weeks to secondary at 1.020 and noticed...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 12
In several earlier posts, we introduced a few home winemaking terms that you may or may not be familiar with.  There are many terms to learn in home winemaking, and this post, like all the previous posts, gives you a short introduction to a few of those terms to help you get started in home winemaking, or perhaps brush up on some of the terms you may not have seen in a while.  Malolactic...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 8
In several earlier posts, we introduced a few home winemaking terms that you may or may not be familiar with.  There are many terms to learn in home winemaking, and this post, like all the previous posts, gives you a short introduction to a few of those terms to help you get started in home winemaking, or perhaps brush up on some of the terms you may not have seen in a while. Isinglass:  Isinglass...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 11
In several earlier posts, we introduced a few home winemaking terms that you may or may not be familiar with.  There are many terms to learn in home winemaking, and this post, like all the previous posts, gives you a short introduction to a few of them to help you get started, or perhaps brush up on some of the home winemaking terms you may not have seen in a while. Zork Corks: Starting off...
How Does A Wine Ferment Without Adding Yeast?
Why is my juice bubbling and I have not added my yeast yet.Name: Jerry R.State: PA ----- Hello Jerry, The simple answer is your juice is naturally fermenting because of wild yeast. This is why a wine will ferment without adding yeast, at all. Yeast is everywhere: floating in the air, landing on plants and animals. It is ubiquitous to the nature in which we live. Your juice either picked up some...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 10
In several earlier posts, we introduced a few home winemaking terms.  There are many terms to learn in home winemaking, and this post, like all the previous posts, gives you a short introduction to a few of those terms to help you get started in home winemaking, or perhaps brush up on some of the terms you may not have seen in a while. Bottle Washer: Bottle washers are great little pieces of home...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 13
In several earlier posts, we introduced a few home winemaking terms that you may or may not be familiar with.  There are many terms to learn in home winemaking, and this post, like all the previous posts, gives you a short introduction to a few of those terms to help you get started in home winemaking, or perhaps brush up on some of the terms you may not have seen in a while. Pectic Enzyme:  Used...