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  1. Jim Cepaniewski

    Malolactic Fermentation

    Hello all, I need your help/advice. I have wines that are about one month past primary fermentation. I’m concerned my Reds did not complete malolactic fermentation, so instead of paying to have them tested, I’m just going to add more cultures. This is where my question lies… What if I take a...
  2. J

    Runaway Chardonnay

    I just picked up 9 gallons of Chardonnay juice that started bubbling and continues to bubble even after adding campden tablets. Here is what I have done so far....Last Thursday I picked up the pasteurized juice, kept it refrigerated for 24+ hours, let it get to room temperature (66 deg) and...
  3. Diane Rudnick

    New Winemakers and Backyard Viticulturists

    We are Diane & Ron Rudnick of Liberty Lake Washington (Between Spokane and Coeur d’Alene ID) We are growing 50 vines split between 2 varietals: 25 Pinot Noir Precoce 25 Chardonnay Wente 72 We affectionately are calling our wine and vineyard CRAP Wine Cellars or -...
  4. Nova_Scotia_Canada

    Low initial specific gravity

    So I'm on my second wine kit, identical to my first (which turned out really well), it's a Chardonnay. But with the second kit, the initial specific gravity was low (about 0.9 when it should have been over 1.05). I added sugar to get it up to where it should be, but my question is, why would...
  5. W

    MV Chard Kit - 6 Mo's - No nose, little to no flavor?

    Hi all, The details: Master Vintner Limited Edition 2016: Philosophie Chardonnay Purchased from Northern Brewer in Dec 2017. Yeast that came with kit: Lalvin ICV-D47 Yeast that I substituted for: Lalvin CY3079 French Medium toast cubes used during primary. Bentonite used at the start...
  6. B

    How to reduce citrus flavor?

    I've made a few batches of Argentia Ridge Chardonnay. It consistently comes out too citrusy for my taste. I've aged them on the lees, which seems to help, but it's still a bit too citrusy for me. The other flavors are nice, as is the mouthfeel. I just finished two batches and they're aging in...
  7. C

    Other Chardonnay going in wrong direction

    Hi all, If this is posted in the wrong place, please advise me. I started 5-1/2 gal of wine using "Alexander Sun Country" Pinot Chardonnay concentrate. Since this is my first attempt with this product, I decided to follow "Alexander's Method" to the letter -- as printed on the label...