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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 19: Cabernet Sauvignon (cont’d)

My weight: 78.50 kg Bucket #6: 27 kg I got so much grapes this year that it took me 4 days to finish the destemming and crushing. The very last batch got contaminated with some sort of fungus or mold. … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 17: Cabernet Sauvignon (cont’d)

My weight: 78.00 kg Bucket #5: 24.15 kg Yeast: 1 pack of Lalvin Bourgovin RC 212

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 16: Cabernet Sauvignon

I decided to do not delay and start processing the recently picked grapes today. So first weight it in. Some precalculations: My weight: 79.40 kg With empty container: 80.85 kg Empty container: 1.45 kg Bucket #4: 23.00 kg Yeast: 1 … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 16: Racking

Past weekend I did few things. First, I racked two of my 5-gallon carboys, removed a lot of dead yeast from their bottoms. I’ve read on internet that these bottom wastes may give wine the yeast smell, exactly what I … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 9: Specific gravity, secondary fermentation

One week has passed and I’m measuring specific gravity again to see if it’s time to rack the buckets and proceed to secondary fermentation: Bucket #1: 0.994 Bucket #2: 0.995 Bucket #3: 0.995 Per the information on the internet it’s … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 3: Adding yeast

By about 11 PM of the next day I finished processing the grapes. I got at least 15 gallons of must: 2 almost full buckets and 1 little less. This time I purchased at Mt. Si Homebrew Supply in Snoqualmie … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 2: Specific gravity

By the end of the first day of processing the grapes I’ve got two 6-gallon buckets almost full of juice. However, unlikely the prior year when I forgot to do that, now I’m going to measure the specific gravity at … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 2: weighting in

Some precalculations: My weight: 79.75 kg With empty bucket: 80.90 kg Empty bucket: 1.15 kg Bucket #1: With bucket: 92.55 kg Grapes: 11.65 kg Bucket #2: With bucket: 95.05 Grapes: 14.15 kg Bucket #3: With bucket: 94.65 kg Grapes: 13.75 … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 1: Syrah

Today I opened the next chapter in my home winemaking experiments. I drove to Zillah, WA and picked about 6 buckets of Syrah/Shiraz from Chapman Vineyard. My wife’s maiden name is Shiran, so it’s a funny coincidence. Will see how … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery: industrial crushing and destemming

Over the passed weekend I, my family, and my parents stayed at Knight Hill Winery in Zillah, WA and got a chance to participate in two incredible activities: First, on Saturday, we’ve picked a row of Roussanne at Carthage Vineyard. … Continue reading

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