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Winemaker’s Log

A running list of our batches of homemade wine, lessons learned, wins and losses

I have been playing around with wordpress to find a good way to “log” and blog about wine making, for my own reference, as well as sharing lessons learned. For now, this will do. It will take some time to get the past batches on this page.

How do you log your wine making?


Batch #1 – Chilean Pinor Noir, “Sprung” and “Lady in Red”, at Water 2 Wine in North Austin

— Impressed!


Batch #2 – Pinot Grigio, Wine Kit

— Amazing!


Batch #3 – Cellar Craft Showcase, Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Kit

— Bummer.

This was a more advance kit for us, at the time, as we really had only taken one other kit through the entire process ourselves. We somewhat skeptical of how it turned out when we bottled, as something didn’t taste or smell right.

We let it age for a few months, opened a bottled and realized something was terribly wrong. I added a blog post that summarizes the steps we took and what pictures I could find to retrace our steps.


Batch #4 – Vintners Reserve Pinot Noir, “New Year Noir”Wine Kit

IMG_6315Tasting notes at bottling
Very smooth and drinkable but nothing fantastic at this point. All reviews I found online rave about how great this wine is, after 6 months, at minimum.

Now we wait! More updates to come as we try to hold off and let this one age. A pretty simple process, gotta love wine kits!

All posts about the details of making this wine can be found here.

Step 1, Primary Fermentation with bentonite and juice – 11/28/14
Step 2, Secondary Fermentation – 12/4/14 (6 days later)
Step 3, Stabilizing and Clearing with metabisulphite and sorbate – 12/16/14 (12 days later)
Step 4, Bottling – 1/2/15 (17 days later)


Batch #5 – World Vineyard, French Sauvignon Blanc, “Sprung Again”, Wine Kit, ABV 12.05%
crystal clear bottling
Tasting notes at bottling

There some sort of mineral or steel smell and definitely some fruit. However, for tasting, there is nothing too sweet here but a very light dry with a light floral finish. It is very crisp.

Step 1, Primary Fermentation – 2/7/15
Gravity Reading of 1.088
Step 2, Secondary Fermentation – 2/16/15
Gravity Reading of .996
Step 3, Stabilizing and Clearing – 2/26/15
Gravity Reading of .990
Step 4, Bottling – 3/19/15

All posts about the details and later tasting can be found here.


 

Batch #6 – World Vineyard, Pinot Grigio, Wine Kit, ABV 11.8%

Step 1, Primary Fermentation, 4/12/15
Gravity Reading of 1.080
Step 2, Secondary Fermentation, 4/20/15
Gravity Reading of .992
Step 3, Stabilizing and Clearing, 5/2/15
Gravity Reading of .990
Step 4, Bottling… Put on a solid bung 5/19/15

For some reason, I don’t have any tasting at bottling. Nor do I know when we bottled. Nor did we name this wine. I’m not even sure how much is left.

This will have to be updated!


Batch #7 – Grand Cru, Chilea Malbec Style, Wine Kit, ABV 13%

Step 1, Primary Fermentation, 7/25/15
Gravity Reading of 1.090
Step 2, Secondary Fermentation, 8/2/15
Gravity Reading of .992
Step 3, Stabilizing and Clearing, 8/15/15
Gravity Reading of .990
Step 4, Bottling… still in the carboy with the solid bung as of 12/1!

This one still needs a name and tasting notes!


Batch #8 – Grand Cru, Sauvignon Blanc, Wine Kit, ABV 11%

Step 1, Primary Fermentation, 8/2/15
Gravity Reading of 1.076
Step 2, Stabilizing and Clearing, 8/15/15
Gravity Reading of .992
Step 3, Bottling… still in the carboy with the solid bung as of 12/1!

This one also needs a name and tasting notes.

 

2 thoughts on “Winemaker’s Log

  1. Pingback: Batch #4: Stabilizing and clearing | DIRT & WINE

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