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Bottling and Corking Video

Time to bottle?  

Using a manual method for filling and corking wines, the Dawsons, Cellarmasters of Los Angeles home wine making club members show how straightforward the process can be.  This is a simple way of getting the job done for small batches.  The video is located at the bottom of this page.

 

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Save The Grapes: Pest Control in the Vineyard

You don’t mind sharing but sometimes hungry nature doesn’t know when to stop.

Cellarmasters of Los Angeles’ President Andy Cordadeshi shares some of his home vineyard pest management ideas. Check out his vid on YouTube and also on SHW’s website (click on More Resources tab and choose Home Viticulture).

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Videos for July 15, 2020 Meeting: Scott Harvey Series

Scott Harvey of Scott Harvey Wines shares a series of videos demonstrating techniques for determining and adjusting levels of components in wine.  Viewing these videos is helpful for the July 15, 2020 SHW meeting webinar “Adjusting pH in Wine” featuring Scott Harvey and the winery’s assistant winemaker Mollie Haycock.

The upcoming Scott Harvey webinar requires advanced registration.  To receive a Zoom webinar invitation, please email Gin Yang at membership@sachomewine.com by July 14.  Members only.

Video:   Volatile Acdity with Cash Still

Video:   pH and Acidity Level Adjustments

Video:  Testing for alcohol using an Ebulliometer and testing pH  

 

 

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Video: Hot July Weather – Watering Your Vines

Hot summer temperatures are forecasted for this coming week. Wondering if  your vines need water? Andy Coradeschi, with the SoCal home winemaking club Cellarmasters of Los Angeles, has posted a video on the Cellarmasters YouTube channel. Follow Andy as he inspects his vines and explains when he’ll be irrigating them again.

More home viticulture videos here.

 

 

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Free Enartis Webinar

Periodically Enartis hosts webinars on different topics of interest to the winemaking community. While intended for the commercial winemaker, home winemakers such as ourselves can also benefit from this information. Their next webinar, How to Avoid and Treat Reductive Wines, will be held Tuesday, January 21st from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. PST.

To register for this event, go to https://enartiseducation.clickmeeting.com/how-to-avoid-and-treat-reductive-wines/register.

SHW does not endorse Enartis but is simply publicizing their activities which might be of interest/benefit to our club members.

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Will Work in Winery for Free in Europe in 2020

SHW member David Ichikawa writes:

…”In 2020, I’m travelling for an indefinite number of months in Europe. If anyone has contacts with a winery that might be interested in free labor (say 15 hours/week for several weeks), that might be a fun way to see an area and their winemaking methods. Spain is my preference because I will be semi-conversational once I resuscitate my Spanish, but other countries would work too.”

If you have any possibilities, please contact David at deichikawa@gmail.com.

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Response: Restarting Stuck Fermentation with Wine Juice Kit

A member asked whether juice from a wine kit could be used to restart a stuck fermentation. Veteran Rex Johnston responds with a clear “no”! Read Rex’s rationale here. (Scroll to bottom of post.)

More questions and responses to your wine making inquiries can be found under Member Resources, Winemaker Q & A.

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Question for Winemakers: Restarting Stuck Fermentation with Wine Kit Juice

Winemaker Mike Skeels writes:

Stuck Pinot fermentation at 1 Brix. 120 gals! I have only 1/2 quart of refrigerated pinot juice to help with the restart. It would be better to have a gal or two for the amount of wine I need to restart. My question is can I use a wine kit to supplement my pinot juice? 

Seasoned winemaker Don Koehler responded to Mike’s question: ”

“… Just off the top of my head, I don’t see why a kit would not work. Or even go find a few grapes that are still around, and get some juice from them to help out.

One brix is not stuck very much. This might not be an easy one to get started again – of course they never are. If you rack the wine to aerate it and warm it up a bit, like 70 – 75 degrees, it might slowly lose some sugar over the winter, or next spring when things wake up again…”

Don suggested blogging this issue out to you.  What do you suggest?

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Question: pH Meter TA Method vs. Vinmetrica TA Method

A reader asks: 

Do you find that “TA pH Meter Method Using NaOH 0.1N” on your website to be reliable, or comparable to the Vinmetrica TA method? 

See SHW member Don Koehler’s response at this page on the SHW web site:  Determining Titrable Acidity with Sodium Hydroxide.

Thanks for your response, Don!

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Question: Must Temperature When Adding Tartaric Acid

A viewer has asked a question:

At what temperature should the pre-fermented MUST be prior to adding the tartaric acid?

For SHW member Don Koehler’s response to question, please reference the bottom SHW web site’s Table for Addition of Tartaric Acid page.  

 

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