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First Impressions of Matt’s Strawberry Melomel

- Jul 23, 2014

First Impressions of Matt’s Strawberry Melomel

It’s been six months now since I bottled my strawberry melomel (here’s the recipe if you like: Matt’s Strawberry Melomel). My wife and I had some friends over for dinner and I decided to offer them some to see what they thought of my creation (these were the same friends I put through the Riesling Yeast Experiment tasting). Unlike the previous tasting this was not a formal event. I merely asked our friends if they cared to try another one of my wines before dinner. They agreed so I put one of the 375ml bottles in the freezer...

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Stabilizing Wine for Back Sweetening – WMA016

- Jul 17, 2014

Stabilizing Wine for Back Sweetening – WMA016

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Stabilizing Wine for Back Sweetening Back sweetening can be a tricky process. If the yeast is not either removed or incapacitated in some way they will happily ferment any sugars you add to your wine to back sweeten it. So how do you stabilize a wine so that you can sweeten a wine without risking fermentation, or worse, exploding bottles? That is the main topics for this episode of the Winemaker’s Academy Podcast. During the show I explore the three main ways of stabilizing a wine so you can add...

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Resources for Becoming a Professional Winemaker

- Jul 10, 2014

Resources for Becoming a Professional Winemaker

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Many home wine makers either start out wanting to go pro or decide to go that way soon after making their first few batches. After recording the last podcast with Holly Wells and John Garlich of BookCliff Vineyards Holly stuck around to share some great resources for those wanting to go down the path of professional winemaking. Holly’s Wine Industry Resources UC Davis Viticulture & Enology Jobs (VENJobs) Winejobs.com WineBusiness.com Walla Walla Enology & Viticulture Program Wine &...

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Wine Making Chemistry with Bookcliff Vineyards – WMA015

- Jul 2, 2014

Wine Making Chemistry with Bookcliff Vineyards – WMA015

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wine Making Chemistry with BookCliff Vineyards Wine chemistry is a complex subject. There are so many things to measure, balance, and think about that it’s hard to know when to do what and decide what’s really important. To help us navigate this complex subject Holly Wells and John Garlich of BookCliff Vineyards have come on the show to walk us though the entire wine making process… from a chemistry perspective. We start with the grapes on the vine and discuss when to harvest and how to...

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Natural Cork Closures for Wine

- Jun 26, 2014

Natural Cork Closures for Wine

Natural cork wine have been used to seal and protect wine for the past three hundred years or so. Prior to that more crude methods were employed. Today we are seeing a thriving synthetic closure market crop up and the debate between whether to use natural or synthetic closures is thriving. This article is the first in a serries that will cover each of the different closure types available and what their benefits and drawbacks are. Where Does Cork Come From? Cork closures are made from the bark of the Cork Oak tree. This particular tree is...

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Interview with Winemaker Jason Phelps – WMA014

- Jun 16, 2014

Interview with Winemaker Jason Phelps – WMA014

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Interview with Winemaker Jason Phelps The best way to improve upon a skill, winemaking included, is through personal experience. The second best way is by learning through others experiences. In this episode I’ve got a great interview with winemaker Jason Phelps where he shares many lessons learned through his ten years of wine making experience. You’ll hear about wines that went well and won medals, wines that didn’t go so well and had to be poured out, and what he learned by competing...

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Kerry’s Magnificent Mango Wine Recipe

- Jun 11, 2014

Kerry’s Magnificent Mango Wine Recipe

This mango wine recipe was contributed by Winemaker’s Academy member Kerry. The recipe, she tells me, was passed to her by an organic mango farmer she knows. Kerry does not use sulfites in her wine so you won’t see any references to potassium metabisulfite or campden tablets. This is part of the reason why she recommends using “cooled boiled water” in several of the steps below. Should you decide to add sulfites to your wine simply follow the instructions included with the potassium metabisulfite or campden tablets of...

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Winemaking Corkers – WMA013

- Jun 5, 2014

Winemaking Corkers – WMA013

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Winemaking Corkers There are many different styles of corkers out there. What differentiates them from one another, beyond price, is how easy it is to insert a cork. Smaller, less expensive corkers are convenient for those reasons, however, they often don’t provide the mechanical advantage needed to make it an “easy to use” corker. In this episode you’ll get introduced to the most popular amateur wine making corkers. I’ve covered how they work, how much they cost, and which...

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How Long Do Primary and Secondary Fermentations Last?

- May 29, 2014

How Long Do Primary and Secondary Fermentations Last?

Nearly every wine kit and wine making recipe has a different recommendation on how long primary and secondary fermentations are supposed to last. It turns out that there are a lot of variables that can affect how long each of these last. This means that there’s a good chance your wine will behave differently than what the instructions or recipe you’re following say should happen. Primary fermentation is the more vigorous portion of the fermentation process during which time approximately 70% of your total amount of alcohol is...

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How to Bottle Your Wine – WMA012

- May 23, 2014

How to Bottle Your Wine – WMA012

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Bottling Your Wine Bottling is the final step in the wine making process (aside from aging). If done correctly your wine will be protected from oxygen and spoilage preserving your wine to enjoy for possible years to come. In this episode I will go through the entire bottling process. The first thing covered is determining when to bottle which is equally as important as knowing how to bottle your wine. From there you’ll learn about cleaning and sanitizing bottles, back sweetening, bottle filler...

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