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    Ideal Zinfandel fermentation temperature

    Less than 65 degrees
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    Ideal Zinfandel fermentation temperature

    I find that makes the wine bland and actually isn’t a good practice in testing. Again that’s my recommendation that you avoid cool fermentations with Zinfandel.
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    GSM blend percentages?

    Mine is just the percentage of grapes in the vineyard, I got the grapes from a friends vineyard that is field planted for the gsm blend so all the vines are mixed together but I have an idea in roughly the ratio of each grape from what I was told about how the vineyard was planted. I have a...
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    Ideal Zinfandel fermentation temperature

    When making Zinfandel with it I get huge bold wines, lots of bright fruit cherry, raspberry, strawberry, spicy, full bodied and very round wines, well integrated tannins. It makes a really big Zinfandel.
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    GSM blend percentages?

    I’m making a gsm this year it is probably 60% Grenache 30% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre.
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    Ideal Zinfandel fermentation temperature

    I am a expert with Zinfandel, I make it yearly. What I would suggest is using either scottlabs color pro or laffort he grand cru enzymes you will get a lot better color, fuller body and significantly smoother tannins, I also recommend cold soaking with the enzymes for 2-4 days with dry ice. I...
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    Powdered tannin

    I use tannins in my red wines for better color and protection against oxidation and for the sacrificial effect, I like. Laffort VR Supra tannins they are the best I have used. For white wines Laffort galalcool is great.
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    Sulfites at bottling

    I target 50-60ppm for my sulfites at bottling sometimes If I know a wine will last I add as much as 75-100ppm to protect it long term.
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    Fermentation vessel?

    I use the 44 gallon ones I have 10 of them, never had an issue whether I put a full batch or just 10 gallons into them. I age in a 75 gallon stainless tank or a 60 gallon speidel plastic tank and use both for malolactic, I then put wine into barrels.
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    DIY bird net applicator

    Ouch, Racoons suck and are a major pain. Birds have been going after my vines despite having nets, I’m getting a super small crop cause of nutrient issues with my soil which I’m currently fighting so losing anymore fruit is going to hurt.
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    Water Filtration System

    I use a reverse osmosis filter on my tap or well water alongside carbon filtration to prepare water for winemaking you can’t have any chlorine or chloramine or it’s going to ruin your wine or possibly cause TCA cork taint is no joke.
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    DIY bird net applicator

    Bird netting is a pain in the butt to install and every year I get more stressed out by it but it’s a necessary evil.
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    Marquette starting veraison

    Some of my grapes started veraison like 2 days ago but birds were after them even with nets
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    Sanitizing bottles.

    I use filtered water for Star San, I have a reverse osmosis filter. But I have never had a single issue or infection in any wine that I have made, of course I use industry standard wine sanitizers and cleaners first and then spray with Star San before putting must into tanks for extra measure...
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    Walker Juice

    I can tell you that walkers is pretty expensive, if you were going to make wine I would get varietal juice even if it costs more like Cabernet or Pinot cause it will make a far better wine, all you really need to do is buy yeast, yeast nutrient and I would suggest medium toasted French oak cubes...
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    PH at 3.75

    3.7 is perfect for red wine I’ve seen ph levels at as much as 4.3 at harvest which is flabby as hell. You would need to correct a wine prior to fermentation if the ph was over 3.7. For whites 2.8-3.3 is desirable,
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    Cleaning Tubing

    I use my pump to pull cleaner through the hoses then rinse and will sanitize before using the next time I need them and replace hoses periodically to avoid staining or etc
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    Sanitizing bottles.

    Which is why filtering water is a good idea all the water I use in my winemaking is from my well but is run through reverse osmosis and carbon filters to remove anything including potential farm run off before being used to clean anything or to rehydrate wine barrels.
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    Sanitizing bottles.

    I find using Star San to be more effective and easier as a sanitizer for winemaking you should look into it, I use it for bottles.
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    Short Primary Fermentation Italian American Tradition?

    This thread became a ton of different topics merged together
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