Category Archives: Winemaking
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 pour into the must Evening update: good news! Seemingly the … Continue reading