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David’s Blackberry Port

- Apr 16, 2014

David’s Blackberry Port

This Blackberry Port recipe was written and contributed by David Knoll. Where I live in Oregon, Blackberries grow as weeds. In July when Blackberries are ripe, I can walk across the road to my neighbor’s property and pick 5 gallons of Blackberries along his pasture in about 2 hrs. They are big and juicy. Blackberry Port was one of my first wines I ever made because of the abundance of available free fruit. If blackberries are not available where you live, growing wild, you can purchase frozen blackberries at the store. I usually make 6 gal....

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How to Control Your Wine Fermentation Temperature – WMA009

- Apr 9, 2014

How to Control Your Wine Fermentation Temperature – WMA009

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Controlling Your Wine Fermentation Temperatures The temperature of your wine fermentation plays a big rol in how your final product will turn out. If it gets too hot or too cold things you can end up with flavor issues, or worse, a stuck fermentation. In this podcast you’ll discover a few different ways of heating and cooling a fermenting wine to ensure that you maintain the proper temperature. There are simple and inexpensive methods and then, of course, there are most costly methods that can...

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Oak Products Explained

- Apr 3, 2014

Oak Products Explained

Oak has long been used to add flavor and complexity to wine. In addition to barrels there are a number of oak products on the market you can use to make wine with instead of having to deal with the expense and upkeep of a barrel. Before we get into the oak products let’s talk a little bit about the various aspects of oak and what it can do for you. You may also be interested in reading How Oak Affects Wine. That article goes into how oak from different places in the world impart different nuances to your wine. Flavors From Oak The...

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Scaling Up Your Wine Making Production – WMA008

- Mar 27, 2014

Scaling Up Your Wine Making Production – WMA008

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Scaling Up Your Wine Making Production Making more wine is something most all wine makers seek to do at some point or another. Sure it’s fun to make five or six gallons here or there but there is a certain allure to producing a 50 or 100 gallon batch. Whether you just want to produce more wine or you’re looking to grow into a full scale winery the issues surrounding growth are pretty similar. In this episode you’ll learn about some of the basic concerns when moving from kits to frozen...

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How Terroir Affects Wine Making

- Mar 19, 2014

How Terroir Affects Wine Making

What is Terroir? Terroir is a French term (pronounced terwah) and translates literally as “land” or “local” depending upon who you ask. In the world of wine though it takes on a far more complex meaning. One that is difficult to fully describe or even just wrap your mind around. The simplest definition I can find is “a sense of place”. Meaning that if a wine is said to be showing it’s terroir it is displaying characteristics of the specific locale the grapes were grown. What makes this so difficult is...

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Cleaning and Sanitizing Wine Making Equipment – WMA007

- Mar 13, 2014

Cleaning and Sanitizing Wine Making Equipment – WMA007

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cleaning and Sanitizing Wine Making Equipment One of the most important and time consuming parts of the wine making process is cleaning and sanitizing. While it seems pretty straight forward at first there are some technical aspects that are important to understand so that you can be sure you’re properly preparing your equipment. In this episode of Winemaker’s Academy we’ll take a look at exactly what’s entailed with cleaning and sanitizing separately. Also, we’ll dispel some of the confusion that...

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Blending Wine With Pearson’s Square

- Mar 5, 2014

Blending Wine With Pearson’s Square

Blending wine to adjust wine chemistry can be a little tricky. Luckily there’s a handy tool you can use, Pearson’s Square, for determining the proper proportions needed to create the right balance in your final wine. This tool can be used for blending a wine of high alcohol and one of low alcohol content to produce a wine with a more reasonable alcohol level. It doesn’t end with alcohol though, Pearson’s Square can be used to: blend wines of different acidity to create a more balanced wine blend wines of different degrees of sweetness...

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All About Potassium Metabisulfite – WMA006

- Feb 26, 2014

All About Potassium Metabisulfite – WMA006

Podcast: Play in new window | Download All About Potassium Metabisulfite Potassium metabisulfite is a complex additive. In this episode of the podcast I break down how it functions, what the difference is between potassium metabisulfite and sodium metabisulfite, as well as the difference between free and total sulfites (which come from potassium metabisulfite). It’s an important topic for many wine makers and consumers alike. One that deserves our attention to fully understand how best to work with it so that we can create the best...

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How to Make Fortified Wine

- Feb 19, 2014

How to Make Fortified Wine

What Are Fortified Wines? Fortified wines are regular grape wines that have been given an alcohol boost using grape spirits. While this does produce a high alcohol wine that isn’t the whole story and it isn’t why this practice began. The real reason fortified wines came into being was to solve stability issues in finished wine. Sherry is believed to be one of the earliest fortified wines which may have been produced as early as 1260 AD. Port came about a little later, during the 18th century. Today we use sulfites and tight...

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Selecting a Wine Making Yeast – WMA005

- Feb 12, 2014

Selecting a Wine Making Yeast – WMA005

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Selecting the Right Wine Making Yeast Choosing a wine making yeast has both practical and artistic considerations. You have to consider the alcohol tolerance as well as the different flavor profiles they can produce. In the main topic for this episode I walk through my own method for Choosing the Right Wine Making Yeast as well as the resources I use to make sure my yeast strain of choice will work for me. Here are direct link to the  resources mentioned in the podcast: The Yeast & Grape Pairing...

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