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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 9
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. Acid:  Acid is one of...
Using Screw-Cap Wine Bottles Vs. Cork. What's The Difference?
Here's a great question from one of our customers about screw-cap wine bottle vs. cork. I thought this would be great to share! I live very close to Annefield winery and use their used wine bottles for bottling my homemade wines. Sometimes they use corked wine bottles and screw cap wine bottles for the same wine. Do you know why this would be? Name: William B. State: Virginia ----- Hello William,...
Getting More Potential Alcohol From Sugar
Mr. Kraus, How do I get the potential alcohol level up to 10 or 11% when making a dry wine without adding sugar? Also, knowing the potential level before fermentation and S.G. how can I find the ACTUAL alcohol level after fermentation?Name: Jay K.State: Arkansas Hello Jay, Thanks for the great questions about potential alcohol from sugar and determining alcohol content. Both of these...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 7
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. B-Brite and C-Brite -...
My Homemade Wine Has A Sour-Bitter Taste
I have made two batches of wine from wild grapes here in WI. The first one was harsh at first but aged about a year and it turned out very good and smooth. The second batch has been bottled now for about a year and is still sour, bitter and hard to drink. Wondering what I could do with it besides just sweetening it -- don't care much for sweet wine. I am about ready to pick some for the...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 5
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. Bottle shock – If...
Making Wine From Grapes At Home
Can you furnish a grape wine recipe for 5 gallons of Cynthiana grape wine?Name: Dennis T.State: GA Hello Dennis, Making wine from grapes is more of a process than a recipe. This is true regardless if you are a winery or just an individual making grape wine at home. It's different than making wine from a fruits like blueberries or peaches where you can follow a wine recipe to make the wine. The...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 3
In some 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 the previous posts, will give 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. Anthocyanin: We’re...
Winemaking Terms You Should Know: Part 2
In an earlier post, 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 the previous post, will give you a brief introduction into just 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. Piquant: This term is...