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  • My Homemade Wine Has Bubbles And Sediment. What Should I Do?

    Posted on February 11, 2017 by Ed Kraus

      Wine GrapesI made 36 gallons of wine last year, a Alicante and Zinfandel mix. This was my first attempt at winemaking. I followed the instructions from a winemaking book. I racked the wine three times put in the proper extra ingredients then bottled it over the correct period of time. The wine turned out terrible. There is still sediment and it must...

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  • 2 Great Questions About Bottling Homemade Wine.

    Posted on February 9, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Screw-Cap-Wine-Bottle1. Are the mushroom cork or t-corks easy to install, or do you need special equipment. Do they seal as well as regular wine corks, (over time)? 2. Wine bottles that have a screw top, can you reuse them with a wine cork? Name: Tom H. State: Davison, MI ----- Hello Tom, The T-corks (mushroom corks) are very easy to install. Th...

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  • Is Wine Yeast And Baking Yeast The Same?

    Posted on January 28, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Yeast Not Baking YeastI need you to help me settle a bet with a friend who also makes wine.  He says that wine yeast is no different than what you can get in the store to make bread with.  His quote "yeast is yeast".  I say that it is different, although I can't explain how.  Please help settle this and let us know who has to pay up, p...

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  • My Wine's Starting Specific Gravity Is Too High

    Posted on January 24, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Starting Specific Gravity Is Too HighHi, I followed a recipe for blueberry wine that called for 15 pounds of sugar and 20 pounds of frozen blueberries for a 6 gallon batch. I just measured it with my wine hydrometer and got a reading of 1.148 ! I know this starting specific gravity is too high. Is there anything I can do other tha...

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  • What Size Corks Should I Get For Bottling My Wine?

    Posted on January 21, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Different Size Corks For Bottling WineIf you're getting ready to buy corks to bottle your wine you may be wondering which size corks you should get. We offer four different sizes of wine cork stopper. They are sizes: #7, #8, #9 and #10. These numbers refer to the diameter of the cork. The higher the number, the larger the diamet...

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  • There's A Yeasty Smell In My Wine. Should I Dump It!?

    Posted on January 19, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Noticing Yeasty Smell In WineI'm still learning this process but haven't had this happen. Got 3 gallons of Muscadine wine I was gonna bottle up. When opened up it has a very strong "yeasty" smell in the wine. Made this a couple times and never had this happen. Only thing I did different was use a different wine yeast. (Montrache...

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  • There's A White Scum On Top Of My Homemade Wine

    Posted on January 17, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    White Scum On Top Of Homemade WineBill has made a few small batches of home wine, and all went well. This year we did a strawberry-rhubarb and on the third racking in a 5 gal jug, it developed a thin white scum over the center of top. We could get past the film to re-rack, but Bill is concerned it is ruined...is it? Has this white sc...

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  • My Homemade Wine Has A Sour-Bitter Taste

    Posted on January 14, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Is Sour BitterI have made two batches of wine from wild grapes here in WI. The first one was harsh at first but aged about a year and it turned out very good and smooth. The second batch has been bottled now for about a year and is still sour, bitter and hard to drink. Wondering what I could do with it besides just sweetening it – don't care m...

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  • My Homemade Wine Will Not Clear

    Posted on December 31, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Will Not ClearI have a peach wine that has a haze to it. The wine will not clear. It has been chilled for 2 weeks after fermentation, racked 4 times and I have added fining agents. It cleared to this fine haze but will not clear any further. Is this a wine that is not going to completely clear and I just need to live with it? Oh yea, there was...

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  • There Are Black Spots In My Wine

    Posted on December 20, 2016 by Ed Kraus

    Black Spots In WineI have made a number of batches of fruit wine and consumed most of it. This is the first time I have used cherimoya in a persimmon blend. Cherimoya is a very sweet fruit, large amounts of sediment, and does not fully clear after racking it four times. The bottled wine is stored on its side in a dark environment for 6 months. Plac...

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