By this time you’ve racked your wine several times from one carboy to another. The airlock is quiet as fermentation has stopped. You notice that after the last racking, there has been no more sediment deposited on the bottom of the carboy, and using a wine thief, a specially formed glass tube for drawing samples of wine; you fill half a wine glass with your labor of love to check it for clarity and flavor. Read more about Winemaking 101 - Part 1c, Still More Equipment
Your wine is now bubbling merrily along in your primary fermenter, the yeast cells working furiously to create alcohol for your drinking pleasure. Soon fermentation will slow down, and it will be time for the first racking, moving the wine from one container into another. This post will outline equipment needed for racking wine into a container for secondary fermentation, the second, slower stage of fermenting; and bulk aging. (For info on equipment up to this stage see Pt. Read more about Winemaking 101 - Part 1b, More Equipment
So you think you’d like to take up home winemaking? Go for it! It’s not difficult, and for the casual vintner it doesn’t take a lot of exotic equipment. Today I’ll be going over what items you’ll need to get a batch of wine going through the primary fermenting stage. Equipment will vary somewhat depending on how much wine you’re making and what you’re making your wine from. Read more about Winemaking 101 - Part 1a, Equipment
I've occasionally been asked why I make my own wine when there's an abundance of reasonably priced, decent quality wine so readily available. I admit, I frequently dip into that well (I'm sipping a hearty California Zinfandel right now). But making your own wine gives you possibilities and a perspective that you'll never get from merely making a purchase. Read more about Why Do You Do That?
Hello! I'm FeralLiberal, and I've been invited to guest post at Corrente. Those of you who spend much time in the comments at Eschaton have probably run across me. For those of you who haven't, I'd like to tell you a little about myself. Read more about Introductions...