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First Time Winemaker – Part I

- Jul 17, 2015

First Time Winemaker – Part I

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma035.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download This is the first in a three part interview series with Winemaker’s Academy member Chris, a first time winemaker. Together she and I walk through the first steps of the kit winemaking process. We discuss what needs to be done, what to watch out for, and answer Chris’s questions on what’s in strore for her. If you’re a beginner and have been wondering what’s invovled in making a kit wine for the first time this episode is...

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The Importance of Yeast Starters

- Jul 3, 2015

The Importance of Yeast Starters

Pitching yeast into a wine must can be very stressful for these micro-organisms upon which we rely for the production of alcohol. Exposing yeast to changes in temperature, sugar levels, as well as sulfite and nutrient levels causes them stress. If the stress is too much to bear they may go into shock or die off. Creating a yeast starter is the best way to reduce shock and ensure a healthy population is introduced to your wine. Our job as a winemaker is to make this transition as easy on the yeast as possible so that fermentation gets underway...

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A Tale of 3 Pinot Noirs – WMA034

- Jun 26, 2015

A Tale of 3 Pinot Noirs – WMA034

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma034.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Have you ever wondered what the difference is between the variously priced wine kits? Each kit manufacturer has different lines of kits that each have a different price tags on them according to the quality of the juice in the kit. However, what’s the real difference in taste? Introductory kits can sell for as little as $70 while the more expensive kits go for $200 or more. Are the expensive kits really three times better than the introductory...

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Thirty-Eight Wine Kits and Counting – WMA033

- Jun 18, 2015

Thirty-Eight Wine Kits and Counting – WMA033

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma033.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download About two and a half years ago Winemaker’s Academy members Dennis and Cathy decided to give winemaking a try. They started with one kit but their new hobby soon blossomed into thirty-eight wine kits! Dennis and I decided to get the three of us on the phone and talk about how they got into winemaking and what lessons they’ve learned along the way. So grab a glass of wine and listen in as Dennis and Cathy share their experience diving into...

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Racking Wine For Clarity

- Jun 10, 2015

Racking Wine For Clarity

Clearing a wine in preparation for bottling can be tricky. There are many different clarifiers on the market and each have their own strengths and weaknesses. An alternative to using clarifiers is to rack your wine strategically over time to help clear the wine. But how are you supposed to know when to rack your wine? Recently I discovered a recommended racking schedule while reading From Vines to Wines by Jeff Cox and expanded upon it to give you a complete schedule from start to finish. This schedule assumes that you are not using a fining...

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Bulk Aging, Corks, and Specific Gravity – WMA032

- Jun 4, 2015

Bulk Aging, Corks, and Specific Gravity – WMA032

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma032.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download In this Question and Answer podcast episode Matt addresses the following questions: Is it okay to leave red muscadine wine in the carboy for several months under the protection of airlock? Do you do anything with your corks before bottling? My kit wine specific gravity is supposed to be between 1.090 and 1.110, but my hydrometer reads 1.070. What’s the reason for this? Do you have questions you’d like to hear answered on the podcast? If...

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Why Synthetic Corks Are Worth Using

- May 22, 2015

Why Synthetic Corks Are Worth Using

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma031.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Since I started making my own wines I’ve been a bit of a purist when it comes to closures. Like most home winemakers I started out with the cheap agglomerated corks that came with my equipment kit. From there I moved on to the premium #9 corks and started looking at buying solid natural cork. I didn’t give much thought to synthetic corks because they were not natural. They weren’t the closures that wineries have been trusting for...

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Inert Gases, Racking, and Preserving Fruit Wine Flavor

- May 14, 2015

Inert Gases, Racking, and Preserving Fruit Wine Flavor

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/WMA030.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Winemaker’s Academy Podcast Episode 30 In this question & answer episode of the podcast we cover the following questions: At what point in the winemaking process will I benefit the most from using inert gases? I racked all the sediment after primary fermentation. Was this a mistake? My pear wine lacks actual pear flavor. What can I do to bring it back out? Resources & Products Mentioned Beginner’s Guide for Email Subscribers...

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Using Inert Gases in Winemaking – WMA029

- May 4, 2015

Using Inert Gases in Winemaking – WMA029

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma029.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Just recently I tested out Private Preserve while bottling a raisin wine. Private Preserve is an aerosol can filled with a mixture of inert gases. In this episode we’re going to explore what inert gases are, why it’s beneficial to use them, and I’ll share my own thoughts and experiences using these gases. What are inert gases? Inert gases are gases that do not normally react with anything. Unlike oxygen which oxidizes things like metal, wine, and...

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Stopping a Wine Fermentation – WMA028

- Feb 4, 2015

Stopping a Wine Fermentation – WMA028

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma028.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Stopping a Wine Fermentation Is it possible to stop a fermentation by adding sorbate or sulfites or both? This is a common question I get from wine makers. While it is possible to do it can be tough. Even commercial wineries sometimes struggle to stop it right where they want it. Home winemakers have it even tougher without the fancy equipment wineries use. In this episode of the podcast I’ll address how fermentations can be stopped as well as...

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