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Making Wine Without Sulfites
I have a sister who has a serious bronchial reaction to drinking wine made with sulfite. I have a neighbor who makes wine and doesn't use sulfite to kill the yeast at the end. He simply waits until it dies of starvation. My sister has no reaction to his wine. I have discovered that boiling the must before starting the yeast without using sulfite is sufficient to start the process. Now I would like...
What Corks To Buy When Bottling Wine
So, your homemade wine is just about ready and you’re preparing to bottle!  All the hard work creating your masterpiece is nearly complete and transitions into a more passive process of waiting for the wine to be ready to be shared and enjoyed! You must be careful at this point to not get too lax about things, as the bottling process is just as important as every step up until now.  That being...
Getting The Wine In The Bottle...
There are many steps to home winemaking, and each individual step is critical in maintaining the quality and acceptability of your homemade wine.  First, you have to prepare the must either from juice or the fruit itself.  Next, the must undergoes fermentation to convert the sugar in the must to alcohol.  Further racking, clarifying, stabilizing, and aging steps help develop the wine to an even...
How Do You Recycle Synthetic Corks?
You said "Finally, synthetic corks are recyclable". Question is how do I recycle corks? Do they go in with recyclables like plastic bottles? SalName: Sal RunfolaState: NJ Hello Sal,Synthetic corks are not marked with a recyling number, but they are made of #7 plastic. Any recycling center that takes this plastic should be able to handle them just fine. If you are having trouble finding a location,...
Synthetic Or Natural Wine Bottle Corks: A Corker's Conundrum
There’s a lot of debate regarding what type of closure you should be using to bottle your homemade wine.  Understanding the qualities of each type of closure and how they fit in with the style of wine you intend to create will allow you to make an informed decision and give you confidence that you are selecting the perfect wine bottle closure for your homemade wine. Two of the most common types of...
New Wine Bottle Corker: Bottle Wine Like A Pro!
We've just added a new corker to our website, and it's one that we are very excited about. It's called the Winery-Grade Floor-Corker. Not only is it a quality corker, it's a corker that we're able to offer at a deceptively-low price of $69.95! It's a floor-model style corker that stands 30 inches tall. What this means is that you are able to stand over it to gain greater leverage. Because it is so...
THE SYNTHETIC CORK SERIES<br>Part II: Synthetic Corks To The Rescue!
This is part 2 of a 4 part series. In the previous post (part 1), we went over how the cork supply and demand became out of balance over the previous decades. In this post we cover how this lack of balance spawned the emergence of synthetic corks. As natural cork became shorter and shorter in supply, and the prices began to rise to unprecedented levels, the situation the wineries found themselves...
THE SYNTHETIC CORK SERIES:<br>Part I: Why Are Synthetic Corks Becoming So Popular?
More and more often, when you go to decant a bottle of commercially made wine, it's going to be a synthetic cork that pops out. The numbers are hard to pin down, but best estimates guess that roughly 9% of all commercially corked bottles of wine in the world today are corked with synthetic corks, and these numbers appear to be on the rise.Global wine sales have been on the rise as well....
Oxygen: A Wine's Friend Or Foe!
  Hello Kraus, I just started to look into making wine. I read some articles on your website and others. One thing confusing me is it seems like air in the wine is good when it is being made but bad after it is made. How can it be both? Thanking you in advance, Greg ---------- Hello Greg, Oxygen plays a role in wine making in two different ways at two different stages. Early on it's what allows...
What On Earth Is Bottle Shock?
If you didn't already know what this blog was about, the term bottle shock might conger up some interesting visions. I personally think of someone getting hit over the head by a bottle while in some bar fight or even hitting yourself in the head like our friend here on the right, but, I digress...What Is Bottle Shock?Bottle shock is a term used to refer to a wine that is suffering from the ...
The Importance Of Aging Your Wines
Almost everyone understands that wines need to age, but very few people realize just how important aging actually is to a wine. Aging is a process that is most often either underestimated or completely ignored by the home winemaker. In reality, I would venture to say that aging a wine is just as important as the quality of the grapes used to produce the wine. If you're missing either one, the wine...
Alternatives To The Cork And Corker...
Many beginning winemakers will be happy to know that you do not have to buy a corker to bottle your wine. We have solutions for sealing wine bottles that can be done without a corker as well as with a corker. When you go to buy corks for your wine bottles you will find that most wine cork stoppers require a corker to press the cork into the wine bottle. This is because a new cork starts out much...
Preparing A Wine For Longer Aging
Dear Friends, What do I have to do to age my wine longer than the time the instruction say. For example I drink some at the time it is ready by instruction and save some for tasting later and see if is getting any better by aging. Thank You Ricardo ---------- Dear Ricardo, There are two basic things that you will need to do to get a wine ready for extended aging. 1) Add Sodium Metabisulfite To The...
How Much Air Should Be In My Wine Bottle?
Good Morning, Thank you for the info in the newsletters they have been helpful.  I need to know how much air should be above the wine in the bottle. Could you let me know about that so I don’t over/under fill. Dr. Thomas ---------- Dear Dr. Thomas, I'm very glad to hear that you find our wine making newsletters informative and helpful. It is are sincerest goal to provide home winemakers with the...
My Wine Tastes Terrible!
Howdy, I am new at wine making and just learning how to make white wine with one of your wine ingredient kits. I am in the last stages and decided to take a small taste test even though I still have 2 or 3 days left in the last stage. It is terrible! Can the wine get better in that short period of time or is it to far gone and will not come out good? I followed the directions word for word.I did...
Preparing Your Synthetic Corks For Bottling
One of the primary goals of this blog is to continuously provide wine making tips and advice that will make life easier for the home winemaker. With that in mind, here's another tidbit that you may want to look over. One of the greatest advantages of using synthetic corks is that they are easy to sanitize. Their surface is not porous like an natural cork, so you can quickly and confidently ...
What Size Corks Should I Buy?
Hi, I ordered a starter kit and some other cool stuff from you, and will be ready to bottle my first batch of wine soon. I would rather use regular corks instead of the plastic top corks in the kit. I have a hodge podge of scavenged wine bottles to use in the 750ml range (or what ever the regular wine bottle is). What size corks would you recommend for this? I didn't know there were so many...
The Role Oxygen Plays In Aging Wine
You can't read too far on the subject of wine making without running across the warnings of excessive air exposure and how oxygen can turn a great wine into a brown, caramelized mess through oxidation. Books, websites and even this blog have expressed these cautions.The reality is without some oxygen being available, the progression of a wine's aging process can be brought to a near standstill....
Selecting Wine Corks
When selecting corks for your homemade wine remember that appearance is not everything.  In today's market there are a lot of pretty corks, but pretty does not make the cork good.  If there is one wine making tip I can give it is to look closely at what you are purchasing.  You have to consider that your cork is the final piece of your wine preservation system and great care should be taken to see...
How Are Synthetic Corks Made? (Part II)
In part I of this two part series, we talked about the two major ways that synthetic corks are produced. In today's post I would like to continue those thoughts and go over the significance these two production methods have on the resulting synthetic corks and in what way these corks affect the wine they are sealing.As stated before, with the extrusion method the synthetic corks' inner elastic...