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Originally uploaded by Democritus
I pressed my cab sauv today. There's always something new to learn in zymurgy and today's lesson was: Refractometer readings are skewed in the presence of alcohol. So, while I thought my wine still had some fermenting to be done, it was actually fermented dry according to the hydrometer! In light of this, I called a guy I had read about on Craigslist and rented a press from him and pressed out about 16 gallons of wine. I pressed pretty gently because I wanted to try making a second run wine. I took the pomace out of the press, put it back in the fermentor, added some water, sugar and acid and it should start fermenting away again tonight. This is definitely a home winemaker ONLY practice, but I heard it makes a pretty good, light bodied wine and I wanted to experiment and I probably only lost about two gallons of press juice, so why not? For ten bucks I might have a pretty decent quaffing wine, and if not, I lost ten bucks. Win win.

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sugar_mcduff
Oct. 24th, 2007 03:10 pm (UTC)
Do you just do wine or do you do beer too? We plan to start doing both. Although the wine will have to wait until I've collected a few more bottles.
democritus
Oct. 24th, 2007 03:38 pm (UTC)
Actually I usually do beer. I just started winemaking last year but I've been making beer for five or six years. If you have a wine tasting room near you, they will sometimes hold onto bottles for you. Some restaurants will do it too.
sugar_mcduff
Oct. 24th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
It won't take that long. ;)
flyp
Oct. 24th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
Lulz Mexican garage wine.

democritus
Oct. 24th, 2007 06:46 pm (UTC)
I put some beans and rice in there too!
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