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How and When to Use Sulfites

- Sep 17, 2014

How and When to Use Sulfites

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Adding Sulfites to Wine Sulfites are a great tool for protecting wines. They can help ensure stability at the start of the wine making process as well as help wines keep for years in the barrel or bottle. The key to sulfites is understanding that it is something to be maintained rather than something you add once and are done. There’s also no simple way to figure out how much you need to add. In this episode we’ll cover when to use sulfites and how best to measure sulfites. Listener &...

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How to Detect a Stuck Fermentation

- Sep 12, 2014

How to Detect a Stuck Fermentation

Recently Barbara wrote in with this question on a possible stuck fermentation: How can I tell if my wine is stuck and not fermenting in the secondary fermenter? Should the airlock be bubbling? -Barbara Matt’s Answer: Hi Barbara, Thank you for reaching out with your question! Being able to identify a stuck fermentation is an important skill to have and can keep you from taking drastic measures when you might not need to. The latter days of a fermentation are going to be much slow.er than primary fermentation. It is certainly possible to...

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Why, How, and When to Degas Wine – WMA019

- Aug 28, 2014

Why, How, and When to Degas Wine – WMA019

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Why How and When To Degas Wine Degassing is one of those wine making tasks that can be quite frustrating if you don’t have the right tools or know the best conditions under which you should degas. If not done correctly degassing can take hours if it is successful at all. In this episode we explore the three main ways to degas, how best to prepare your wine for degassing, as well as why it is so important in the first place. Products and Resources Mentioned Here’s a list of products and...

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Protecting Your Wine with Airlocks – WMA018

- Aug 14, 2014

Protecting Your Wine with Airlocks – WMA018

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Protecting Your Wine with Airlocks Airlocks are your best line of defense against oxidation and spoilage micro-organisms. It is very important that you carefully maintain your airlock and monitor it. This episode is all about how to do just that. By far the most important thing you need to know about airlocks is that they need to have the water level properly maintained. When the water level gets too low the airlock ceases to protect your wine and leaves it open to the outside world. Listen to this...

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A Wine Making Timeline

- Aug 7, 2014

A Wine Making Timeline

Knowing when to do what when making a wine is critical to producing a quality wine. When you make wine from a kit each and every step is spelled out for you but when you go to make wine from fresh fruit it’s up to you to decide / determine when to perform each of the necessary steps. What follows is a guide that you can use as a starting place to for outlining your own wine making timeline. Your mileage will certainly vary but this should be a good starting place. Remember to experiment and refine your process. Eventually you’ll...

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Wine Making Wisdom from the Community – WMA017

- Jul 31, 2014

Wine Making Wisdom from the Community – WMA017

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Wine Making Wisdom from the Community Recently I asked Winemaker’s Academy members to share with me their top tips that they learned by making their own wines. In this episode I share those tips with you and supplement them with some of my own experience. You’ll hear tips from wine makers all over the world! Specifically England, Sweeden, India, and the USA. Not an Academy member yet? Join here. Questions Answered Can I leave out the oak that came with my red wine kit? When should I cold...

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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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