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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 3, day 4: yeast

Due to the pandemic and workaholism, everything takes longer this year. I’m adding 5g of RC212 by Cellar Science (batch #52495, whatever it means) to the 5-gallon bucket of Petit Sirah. But first, to avoid shock, I’m diluting the yeast … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 3, day 3: Potassium Metabisulfite

Last time when I added Potassium Metabisulfite the outcome was much better when I did not. So this time I’m adding it to both buckets of must, ~1.5 x ΒΌ tsp per 5 gallons.

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 3, day 2: weighing

Some precalculations: My weight: 74.15 kg Empty bucket: 1.15 kg Total: 75.45 kg Bucket #1 (CS): Total: 86.80 kg Grapes: 12.65 kg Bucket #2 (CS): Total: 85.80 kg Grapes: 11.65 kg Bucket #3 (PS): Total: 89.15 kg Grapes: 15.00 kg … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 3, day 1: The journey continues

It’s that time of year when I drive to my friends at Carthage Vineyard in Zillah, WA and pick what’s left after the harvest season. This year it was 2 buckets of Cabernet Sauvignon and 2 buckets of Petite Sirah.

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 33: topping up

Since the second carboy with Cabernet Sauvignon was lacking some volume to do proper anaerobic fermentation I needed to top it up. But unfortunately I couldn’t find any juice that’d match (grape, location, year) mine so I decided to add … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day and 30: oak chips

I’ve ordered a 1-pound bag of medium toasted French oak chips on Amazon and over the course of past two days added about 55g (~2oz) in each of the filled full carboys: B#1 Syrah “wild” B#2 Syrah “calm” B#3 Cabernet … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 22: Specific gravity

I’m measuring specific gravity in the buckets with Cabernet Sauvignon: Bucket #4: 1.006 Bucket #5: 1.022 Bucket #6 “bad boy”: 1.080 I also measured the temperature inside the carboys: Batch #1 “wild”: 60.09F Batch #2 “calm”: 67.09F

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 2, day 21: racking, specific gravity

I’m racking my Syrah and measure specific gravity in each of two 5-gallon carboys. Now on I’ll come them batches with specific name that describe their behavior. Syrah Batch #1 “wild”: 0.992. I decided to keep in garage where it’s … Continue reading

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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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