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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 3, day 51: Corking

I decided to do not cork shortly before going on vacation and instead wait little more. Now I came back from vacation, measure specific gravity the last time and finally cork. Petite Sirah: 0.992 (0.990 + 1/5) Mourvèdre: 0.992 (0.990 … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 2, day 30: Re-measuring specific gravity

Before going on vacation for 2.5 weeks and leaving the carboys on their own, I’m re-measuring specific gravity to understand where we’re at and when it would be good time to bottle-and-cork: Petite Sirah: 0.994 (0.990 + 2/5) Mourvèdre: 0.992 … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 2, day 13: Carboys

I estimate that 3 6-gallon half-full buckets will produce about 2 gallons of grape juice each. Unfortunately I couldn’t find 2-gallon carboys so I bought 6 1-gallon carboys at another local brewing supply store, Brewhouse Provisions in Redmond. I’m going … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 1, day 12: Specific gravity

Attempt #3. I’m measuring Specific Gravity to understand for how long more keep the must in the buckets. Petite Sirah: 1.030 Mourvèdre: 1.004 Grenache: 1.014 I wish I knew should I stop and should I continue. It looks like the … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 1, day 10: Specific gravity

Attempt #2. I’m measuring Specific Gravity to understand for how long more keep the must in the buckets. Petite Sirah: 1.14 Then hydrometer broke, again. Need to buy another model, apparently.

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 1, day 8: Specific gravity

So far looks good. I’m measuring Specific Gravity to understand for how long more keep the must in the buckets… But hydrometer broke before I even could start. Reordering another one.

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 1, day 4: adding yeast

Seemingly nothing is happening within the bucket of Petite Sirah. Decided to add cultured yeast: 60ml of boiled water at 105f pack of EC-1118 stir, wait 5 minutes, stir again pout into the must Evening update: good news! Seemingly the … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 1, day 3: Mourvèdre

The third and final bucket is finished now. I forgot to weigh in raw grapes My weight: 78.75, my weight with bucket: 88.40, i.e. 9.65 kg of grape juice Room temperature: 22.4c at 22.14. Up next: shop on Amazon for … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 1, day 2: Grenach

Baby steps. Today I destemmed and crushed the bucket of Grinache: My weigh: 78.80, my weigh with bucket: 90.65, i.e. 11.85 kg of raw grapes My weight: 78.25, my weigh with bucket 89.95, i.e. 10.7 kg of grape juice I’ve … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, part 1, day 1: Petite Sirah

Today I destemmed and crushed the bucket of Petite Sirah. My weight: 78.95, my weight with container: 89.35, i.e. 10.4 kg of raw grapes. My weigh: 78.00, my weight with bucket: 87.10, i.e. 9.1 kg of grape juice. Equipment used. … Continue reading

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