Category Archives: Winemaking

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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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, vol 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, vol 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, vol 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, vol 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 pour into the must Evening update: good news! Seemingly the … Continue reading

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Carnation Anapa Winery, vol 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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