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Wine Making Blog

The official wine making blog of EC Kraus. Learn how to make wine at home. Read tips, tricks and FAQ's about homemade wine.

  • Darn It! My Wine Smells Like Rotten Eggs

    Posted on February 23, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Homemade WineFor the first time ever I ordered juice concentrate, your merlot and blackberry, to try making a large batch of my favorite flavors. Well, I followed the directions to the letter and it all fermented nicely in the primary. After 5 days racked it to the secondary, 6 gallon glass carboy but for the first time left a little head space of a coup...

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  • Making Your Own Toasted Oak For Wine

    Posted on February 21, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Toasted Oak For WineI have tried oaking wine to my satisfaction with oak chips. Now I want to make my own toasted oak strips. I purchased some white oak that I sawed into yard stick width and thickness.  I noticed in the wine supplies different types of flavors for oaking. I was told it was like flavored coffee. What should I do to the o...

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  • How To Use Bottle Sealing Wax

    Posted on February 18, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Man Using Sealing WaxDear Mr. Kraus, Did not receive any instructions on how to use the bottle sealing wax beads I ordered . What is the best method to melt the wax beads. Have never used this wax before. Do you sell some type of melter. If you would please let me know how to use. Thanks, Sammy L. ----- Hello Sammy, How you use the bottle sealing...

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  • Making Fortified Wine By Adding Brandy!

    Posted on February 16, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Making Fortified WineHave you ever thought about fortifying homemade wine. It's an interesting style that's made through a relatively simple process. You might want to see if it's something you're interested in... If you don't know what a fortified wine is, it's a wine to which brandy or some other spirit has been added. Since brandy and o...

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  • 3 Wine Making Starter Kits: Which One's Right For You?

    Posted on February 14, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    One Of The Wine Making Starter kitsMy husband asked me to write you and ask about which of your wine making starter kits he should get to make wine with. He does not really know the difference between them and would like you to advise on how to get started. Brenda ----- Dear Brenda, We have three different complete home wine making starter kits...

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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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  • Increasing Your Wine's Fruity Flavors

    Posted on February 7, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Increasing Wine FlavoringJust wondering if your liqueur flavorings could be added to a fruit wine as a wine flavoring additive... for a little stronger flavor... Our blackberry wine, from last year, is not real fruity.... and wondered if this would give it a flavor boost... Thank you, Sandy M. ----- Hi Sandy, To answer your question, yes, you...

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  • Making Sulfite Free Wine To Reduce Headaches

    Posted on February 4, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Making Sulfite Free WineThis is a subject I get about at least once a week. People are desperately interested in making sulfite free wine.  Usually it is because they are suffering from headaches that they are attributing to sulfite allergies. For this reason they want to make their homemade wine without sulfites. The major foil to making sulf...

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  • What Is Cold Stabilization?

    Posted on February 2, 2017 by Ed Kraus

    Wine Going Through Cold StabilizationWe look forward to and enjoy your email newsletter and have learned a lot from your subscribers’ questions. Now one of our own... On a stop on a recent Missouri winery tour was an area for cold aging, where wine coming off secondary fermentation was chilled in the fermenter to around 28 degrees...

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