Primary and Secondary Fermentation
Primary and Secondary Fermentation
Green Wine Production: No, Not Fresh
Green Wine Production: No, Not Fresh
The first thing that comes to mind when someone mentions "green wine" tends to be a fresh wine that has not aged sufficiently. But in this age of solar panels, Energy Star appliances and hybrid vehicles, " ...
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Home Press Versus Kits
Home Press Versus Kits
I have to admit, my first experiences with brewing were my mom's homemade rhubarb wine. Using an approach that came down from her family, she'd put the mash into what seemed at the time to be a huge stoneware vat (probabl ...
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A Selection of Liquid Yeast Cultures
A Selection of Liquid Yeast Cultures
Today we'll discuss liquid yeast varieties and the applications of each. If you remember from our discussion on dry versus liquid yeasts, the advantages of liquid yeasts that they tend to have healthier cultures as well a ...
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A Selection of Dehydrated Yeast Cultures
A Selection of Dehydrated Yeast Cultures
When you go to a brewing store or peruse their website, the number of dehydrated yeast cultures available to the average homebrewer can truly boggle the mind. Low alcohol, high alcohol, flocculating, compact, cool tempera ...
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Wine Yeasts for Restarting Stuck Fermentation
Wine Yeasts for Restarting Stuck Fermentation
Whether it's rush hour traffic, a door in a wall that's settled or that fabulous peach wine you had brewing in the basement, nobody likes getting stuck. Fortunately, as winemakers, we can at least get our stuck fermentat ...
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Save That Batch! Flavor Issues
Save That Batch! Flavor Issues
You've done everything right, but there's still an odd flavor to your brew. Is it time to scrap the batch or is there some way to improve its flavor at this point? Here are some solutions to common flavor issues in homema ...
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Homebrewing and Reenactments
Homebrewing and Reenactments
I have to confess something; I'm one of those crazy reenactment nuts who is occasionally seen running around Walmart in clothing that is the perfect example of a 10th century Viking, 15th century gypsy or an Elizabethan l ...
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Dry vs. Liquid Yeasts
Dry vs. Liquid Yeasts
Sweet or dry? Bubbly or flat? Dry or liquid? There are already so many choices in brewing yeasts, how do you figure out which one will work best for your latest winemaking project? Today we'll work on sorting out the diff ...
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Root Beer Rockets or: Why It
Root Beer Rockets or: Why It's Important to Know Your Yeast
I have a confession to make. I'm completely boggled half the time when it comes to picking out the yeast I want for a batch of wine. It probably stems from the fact that I've never really been as much a kit girl so much a ...
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Save That Batch! Fermentation and Additives
Save That Batch! Fermentation and Additives
A brewing friend of mine once pointed out that the difference between a good brewer and a great brewer was that a great brewer knew when to quietly throw the batch out. But don't toss it just yet! Whether you're having fe ...
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