The Specifics of Specific Gravity – WMA004

The Specifics of Specific Gravity – WMA004

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma004.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSSpecific Gravity Specific gravity is one of the most important measurements a winemaker makes. It tells us how much sugar we have, how far along fermentation might be, when it ends, and how much alcohol was produced. In this episode of the Winemaker’s Academy Podcast the main topic and the quick tip both focus on specific gravity. What it means and how to get an accurate result when measuring it. Special Announcement Also in this episode there’s a very special announcement. The Winemaker’s Academy Recipe section has been launched. What makes this so special is that I’m looking for tried and true wine making recipes from winemakers like you. To see what we already have in there check the Wine Making Recipes page. If you would like to submit your own recipe please read Submit a Recipe for more information. The Questions As always there were some great wine making questions addressed in the Question and Answer segment. Here they are in order of appearance: Do I have to use the sorbate? I accidentally added the sorbate in the beginning of the wine making process. How do I process large quantities of apple juice for wine? There’s too much oak in my peach wine. Now what? How do I keep my wine safe while making another batch to blend with the first one? Pages & Products The following pages and products were discussed in this weeks episode: Specific Gravity Temperature Correction Calculator How to Use a Hydrometer (video) Hydrometer Test Jar Waterless Air Lock Do you have questions or topic suggestions for the show? Please email me and let me know about...

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The Yeast Life Cycle – WMA003

The Yeast Life Cycle – WMA003

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma003.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSYeast is the star of the show when it comes to producing wine. Without these micro-organisms wine making itself would not be possible. In this episode of The Winemaker’s Academy Podcast we explore what the yeast go through during the fermentation process. This is what is known as the yeast life cycle. This cycle is broken down into four major phases, each of which describe what the yeast population is doing. Lag Phase Rapid Growth Phase Stationary Phase Decline Phase For more information on how this works check out The Epic Rise and Tragic Fall of a Yeast Empire. Here are the listener and reader questions for this episode: What do you do to keep it in the 72-75 range during the whole process? How to degas without letting oxygen into the wine? What is the best wine whip to use? When I degas, how long do I wait to bottle? Bottle immediately or wait more? Is acidity measured before fermentation? or after? or both? Yeast additive advice for fermenting cashew apples. Also in this episode I have introduce a new segment, the Quick Tip. For this first quick tip I shared something I learned recently. Whenever you set out to work on your wine make an easy to read, bullet pointed list of everything you need to do, so you don’t forget anything. Kit instructions are printed with small type and include a lot of information you don’t need when you’re just trying to verify the order of operations. Get organized so you don’t forget an additive like I did! The following equipment and wine making topics were mentioned in this episode: Insulative Carboy / Fermenter Wraps Fermtech Wine Whip in action! How to Degas Wine Wine Whip (purchase link) Photograph by:...

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Simplified Wine Making Process – WMA002

Simplified Wine Making Process – WMA002

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma002.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSIn this episode of the Winemaker’s Academy Podcast we’ll be exploring a simplified way of looking at the wine making process. After all the better understanding we have of this process the better wines we’ll be able to make. The process discussed in the episode is based on an article I wrote previously entitled The Wine Making Process Simplified. Additionally the show covers a variety of questions from Academy members and fans. Here’s a taste of what’s covered: Is there a way to tell if there is still gas in the wine that needs to come out before I bottle? Which fruit is suitable for wine making other than grapes? Fizzy wine Does more concentrated juice (costs more) in the kit make for a better wine and why? My white wines they tend to look gold in color and not a clear light white. Why? Links to articles, tools, and books mentioned during the show: The Wine Making Process Simplified Winemaker’s Recipe Handbook How Wine Kits are Made – From Urban Vintner Hydrometer Test Jar Click here to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. While you’re there consider leaving a review of the show too. Podcast Cover Photograph by: Jim...

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Are White or Red Wines Easier to Make? – WMA001

Are White or Red Wines Easier to Make? – WMA001

http://traffic.libsyn.com/winemakersacademy/wma001.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSHere it is! The very first episode of the Winemaker’s Academy Podcast. This has been a long time in the making but I am proud to have finally brought this to the world. In this episode I spend a little time introducing myself, the Academy, as well as talking about the show format. After that we get into the meat of the show, reader questions. The following questions and concerns are addressed in this episode: What is easier to make, white or red wines and why? Trouble degassing. Is there any difference in adding the bentonite before primary fermentation or after? My airlock looks like it might dump into the carboy, what should I do? My wine is finished fermenting, Is it too late to add malolatic bacteria? We forgot to add the stabilizer powder to our Merlot red wine before bottling. What can we do? My wine has been in the carboys for about 6 weeks. Is it to late to add raisins to the wine? Further reading on topics related to this show’s topics: Malolactic Fermentation Maceration How to Degas Wine If you’ve got questions you’d like to have answered on the show please email me using this contact form. Podcast Cover Photograph by: Jim...

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