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    Question about barrel tasting

    Ha yes @cmason1957 every barrel tasting I've been to would be better described as a barrel drinking. All good points, it's a relatively small surface area being exposed and with daily top ups the exposure is limited. Assuming a place like Del Dotto is doing somewhere in the range of say...
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    Question about barrel tasting

    My wife and I were talking about a tasting we did at Del Dotto years ago, which was all from barrels, and it got me thinking/wondering. As we all know excessive oxygen exposure after fermentation is the enemy, so how do wineries that have multiple barrel tastings on a daily basis prevent the...
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    Winemaking equipment for sale

    @San Diego jeff is the super jet wine filter the 3 pad or 6 pad filter?
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    Choosing when to harvest

    To answer @VictorV's original question, there's no right answer!! I'm a big fan of Jim Duane's podcast Inside Winemaking, he interviews many highly regarded commercial winemakers and it's humorous to hear how adamant each is about their philosophy, then to hear another winemaker come say the...
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    Choosing when to harvest

    Agreed @NorCal I'd be interested to hear where these were grown, when I read 29+ Brix with that level of acid I had to re-read three times to make sure my eyes weren't fooling me!!
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    2019 Cab

    Perfect, thanks @stickman
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    Barrel Newbie...Help Needed!!

    Thanks @NorCal and @Johnd I'm glad to hear that top-ups are adequate, that makes one less item to purchase!! I'll stick with carboys as well, although I do like John's method of bottling so that you don't have to break down a carboy at each top-up. That may be the way to go seeing as I'll more...
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    2019 Cab

    @stickman that is some beautiful color extraction!! I'm going to have to attempt to mimic your pump over process next year. Do you mind providing some more info on the setup you used on the picture for brutes? What type of filter did you pull the housing off of? What else did you use for the...
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    Barrel Newbie...Help Needed!!

    Next harvest will be my third vintage making wine from grapes and after reading through countless threads from guys like @NorCal and @Johnd it seems that making the move to a barrel is crucial in producing a top quality wine, so I''m biting the bullet and planning on a 30 gal barrel for my...
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    Marchisio variable capacity tanks for longer-term storage

    Thanks!! Appreciate the help!!
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    Vinmetrica SC-100 vs SC-300

    Does anyone have experience with the SC-55 MLF Analyzer? I'm pulling the trigger today on the SC-300 Pro, based on all of the positive reviews here and am contemplating whether or not to get the MLF analyzer as well...
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    Vinmetrica SC-100 vs SC-300

    @mainshipfred do you mind sharing some photos or details of your argon set up?
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    Marchisio variable capacity tanks for longer-term storage

    Thanks!! That’s good to hear. What style bung/airlock do you use during MLF?
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    2019 Lodi Meritage

    Thanks @Johnd
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    Marchisio variable capacity tanks for longer-term storage

    @Mac60 do you leave any space between the top of the wine and the lid to allow for expansion contraction? And or do you add any inert gas during long term aging?
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    2019 Lodi Meritage

    How often do you sample, sulfite and top up once in barrel? I’m assuming ambient temp and humidity influence this? I’m looking to up my game and do a barrel for the first time next year. Any advice/pointers is appreciated.
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    Whole berries survive crush - break them?

    The uncrushed berries go through a “semi-carbonic maceration”. Inside the grape intercellular fermentation is occurring as they attempt to respire and in the absence of yeast they’re using their own enzymes to break down sugar. During the process you aren’t extracting much tannin or color and...
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    Make it your own, 3 Winemakers, Chardonnay 2017

    Ha, I was thinking of commenting on how pristine the truck looked for the year, definite pride of ownership!! Any issues with the melamine warping over time from the juice? Appreciate the feedback on the Spiedels, I'll go ahead and track down the new square models.
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    Make it your own, 3 Winemakers, Chardonnay 2017

    @NorCal do you have some sort of conveyor system (Photo from post #16) on your sorting table or are you manually pushing the grapes down as you go? Also, how do you like the Spiedel ferment/storage tanks? I'm looking to upgrade to some HDPE tanks for larger volume aging instead of my 6 gal...
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    UC Davis Online Winemaking Certificate Program

    Thanks for the feedback, I went ahead and got on the wait list for the Winemaking Chemistry course seeing as it's been quite some time since I took college level chemistry. Apparently it's quite popular and doesn't look like I'll have a spot until the summer of 2020, so that will give me some...
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