Wine Making Process

  • Oak Barrels and Oak Alternatives in Home Winemaking

    Barrels and Staves and Cubes, Oh My!

    Oak Barrels Picture of rack of oak barrels


    You’ve done it! You’ve made your very first batch of wine. You crushed the grapes yourself, taken countless hydrometer readings, checked the acid levels, waited what has seemed like forever.

    It’s time to bottle – but before you do, you give it a taste and something is missing. You can’t put your finger on it. This is good, sure, but it’s not as smooth as you’d like, or not as complex. It doesn’t finish on your palate quite right.

    What could it be? Did you miss an important step? Did the fermentation not go as well as you thought? What is this je ne sais quoi that is missing?

    Could it be oak?

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  • Expert Advice: Wine Additives

    People are freaked out by chemicals. We picture slimey billionaires, scheming behind a desk, counting their vast sums of money that have been made by poisoning innocent people with their chemical laden products. I understand your concern. There are enough class action lawsuits pending out there to make anyone leary of the word “chemical”.

    However, not all chemicals are necessarily bad, just as not everything labeled “all natural” is good - arsenic comes to mind - it’s naturally occurring in the world, but would you eat it?

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  • 5 Reasons for Stuck Fermentation (and How to Fix Them!)

    5 Reasons for Stuck Fermentation
    (and How to Fix Them!)

    A lot of work goes into the fermentation process. The process of taking hours to pick fruit, crush berries, squeeze juice, check Ph and Acid levels takes a lot of time and effort. A slow or stuck fermentation can be frustrating and disappointing. However, most of the issues causing a stuck fermentation are easily remedied. Here are a few of the most common reasons for a slow or stuck fermentation process, and the steps you can take to fix them and get back to wine making!

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  • Summer Wine: Blueberry Season

    Summer Time Blueberry Wine

    Picture of blueberries for wine recipe

    So, you’ve taken your kids to the blueberry patch and now you have a few cases with juice all over their faces are precious – we still have to find something to do with all of our freshly picked blueberries. How many smoothies, fruit salads, and blueberry pie can you make before you’re all blueberry’d out, and ready for something new? Lucky for you, we have a fantastic blueberry wine recipe that is incredibly easy to make!of blueberries. While those memories made of our kiddos running through blueberry bushes 

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  • Where Is The Best Place To Age Your Wine?

    agine wineWine, like any other food, requires careful attention when it comes to storage to keep it from spoiling. This is no different with wine from your wine making kit, and there are multiple different places that are suitable for aging wine right in your home.

    The standard answer to where to keep your home-made wine would be in a traditional wine cellar, but how many people do you know that have one or can afford that type of addition to their home? If you have a wine cellar to store your wine making kit’s next creation, then you can probably stop reading this and consider yourself extremely lucky. Continue reading

  • An Introduction To Common Wine Making Terminology

    wine making terminologyIf you’re just getting started as a do it yourself vintner using wine making kits, one thing you’ll find is that there’s a lot of unfamiliar terminology. There is admittedly a certain amount of jargon that goes along with the hobby, but since the end result is so worthwhile it definitely behooves you to learn the terms of the trade. Keep reading for a rundown of some of the most common wine making terminology; you’ll be talking like an expert vintner in no time.

    For more information, check out our complete Glossary of Wine Making Terminology.

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  • A Few Tips For Making High Alcohol Wines

    One of the many reasons that people buy wine making kits and wine making supplies in the first place is that making your own wine gives you so much control over the finished product. You can make any kind of wine you like and make it your way.

    One of the many things you can control about the wine you make yourself is the alcohol content; and if you’re interested in making wine with a higher alcohol content than the usual 10% - 12%, then you’ll need to know a few basics about how wine is made. It’s always a good thing to expand your base of knowledge about wine making, so whether or not making a high alcohol wine is something which appeals to you personally, you may find the subject of interest for the insights it provides into the process of making wine. Continue reading

  • How (And Why) To Rack Your Wine

    One step in the process of making your own wine that a lot of amateur vintners don’t give a lot of thought to is racking. If you’ve just unpacked your first wine making kit, you’re probably eager to get started and that’s perfectly understandable. However, this is one of those things you do need to know about before you bottle your first batch of homemade wine. While you can get started making wine without learning about racking, you do need to learn at some point; and there’s no time like the present. Keep reading to learn a little more about how to rack wine and why it’s important to do so. Continue reading

  • How Temperature Affects Wine And Beer During Fermentation

    Having one of the new, easy-to-use wine making kits or a beer brewing kit is a very exciting thing for anyone who loves beer or wine. Being able to make your own wine and beer at home lets you make some of your favorites and discover new ones, all while learning a lot more about how it’s done.

    There are some variables in the process that every beginning vintner and home brewer needs to be aware of in order to ensure that their creations turn out as they intended. Temperature is one of the most important of these factors. Continue reading

  • Home Wine Making: From Grape To Glass

    wine making process

    Thanks to wine making kits, it’s become easy enough for anyone who loves wine and DIY projects to create their own high quality wines. There will always be a place for the talents of professional vintners and there will always be a market for their wines, but the ability of the average hobbyist to learn more about how wine is made and to produce their own is something which should be celebrated by all wine lovers. Continue reading

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