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  • Posted in thread: Sulfites on 03-27-2017 at 09:22 PM
    Im the process of building a small wine cellar that will hold 10 carboys and about 400 bottles.
    I plan on keeping it a 55*. My main wine is dry reds 13+ ABV. I would really like to keep my
    sulfites do...

  • Posted in thread: Sulfites on 03-27-2017 at 09:20 PM
    how do you know what your free SO@ is?It is the one key measurement that doesn't come cheap.
    Most I know use a vinemetrica meter.

  • Posted in thread: No bubbles in secondary ferment on 03-27-2017 at 07:53 AM
    Before adding anything to the wine, I would rack off the lees and then splash rack it really
    good. This should aerate the wine and hopefully the H2S will blow off.If you are doing
    "secondary" fermenta...

  • Posted in thread: Wine from Just plain grapes? on 03-26-2017 at 06:27 PM
    Congrats and thanks for sharing along the way.

  • Posted in thread: 2017 Port Plans? on 03-26-2017 at 06:04 PM
    Thanks Sour, I made this a few years ago and for the convenience of buying 3 handles of Brandy
    and getting the level of sweetness that I like.25 brix (15.1 abv) - 6 brix (3.0 abv) =12.1
    abv(3 x 1.75 l...

  • Posted in thread: What is normal - bad for new wine? on 03-25-2017 at 04:07 PM
    I also added a few bits of copper wire to the fermentation vessels. This is not the way I
    would go about eliminating H2S. While running water through copper pipes is perfectly safe, the
    same cannot b...

  • Posted in thread: mixing, blending, saving weak wines. on 03-25-2017 at 03:58 PM
    A friend entered a competition and added two ounces of port to his cab fanc. It won the big
    award of the night out of 30 pretty darn good wines. I will splash some in my Zin, if I'm in
    the mood for so...

  • Posted in thread: mixing, blending, saving weak wines. on 03-25-2017 at 10:21 AM
    A splash of port always gives some legs to a weak wine. Always safer to make the addition when
    you are pouring it into the glass, vs. introducing new sugar to a sealed bottle.

  • Posted in thread: 2017 Port Plans? on 03-24-2017 at 11:54 PM
    I'm planning on doing 5 gallons of port this year. 3 handles (1.75l) and 3.6 gallons of petite
    sirah. Planning on arresting fermentation at 6 brix.These are the petite sirah grapes from the
    vineyard I...

  • Posted in thread: Bottling after barreling on 03-23-2017 at 12:41 AM
    I rack into a flex/carboys, SO2 a day before in prep if the bottling crew.

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January 5, 2016  •  06:07 AM
Hey there. I see you maybe live in loomis? I live in Rocklin. I worked up to 250 pounds this season all from Lodi. I am looking to do more maybe a thousand pounds or so next season but I had a hard time finding vineyards/grapes for this season even for that small amount. Since you live close can you share with me some of your secrets as to where to find grapes in the lodi/loomis area? I am a bit new to making wine from grapes and am still learning where to find grapes. Thanks a lot and I love that you did so many grapes this season! And you are right we are lucky to be in Northern California! My name is Bill and thanks! Cheers!
January 5, 2016  •  06:34 AM
@Busabill. Drop me a note at We lived in Rocklin for 25 years! If you are looking for a 1/2 ton, I can definely hook you up with some grapes in Loomis. I co-manage 20 acres of vineyard from our community Clos-du-lac and know a few other people that run local vineyards.