Why Allowing Your Homemade Wines To Breathe Is Important...

I made my first wine and it came out great. I made a Cabernet Sauvignon from one of your homemade wine kits. I started it in January and aged it wi...

7 MORE Random Wine Making Facts...

A few days ago we posted the blog, "7 Random Wine Making Facts...". It had such a great response I decided to put some more wine making facts into ...

How To Add Yeast To A Wine Must

Wine yeast is an essential ingredient of any wine recipe. It is the critical ingredient that does all the work. Wine yeast consumes the sugars in t...

4 Reasons For Having A Cloudy Wine...

I have made this wine several times — has always turned out very well. However, this time (same recipe), the wine's not clearing. I have changed th...

My Wine Hydrometer Is Reading No Alcohol Content

My hydrometer says my wine has no, what can I do? ...and what did I do wrong? It's a cab, I let it ferment and it's clear but when I checked the al...

If Your Wine's Not Foaming During Fermentation, Then Read This!

I started a batch of wine. When I added my yeast it did not get foamy but you could hear it working and see it bubbling. I'm wondering what could c...
Wine Pouring Into Glass With Notes

8 "More" Random Wine Making Tips And Tricks

Yesterday, I posted 10 wine making tips and tricks. It received such a great response that I decided to post some more of them. These are quick, li...

7 Random Wine Making Facts...

Home wine making holds a lot of mystery for some, particularly if they've never made wine. And for those who have, there are still some dark, myste...

My Air-Lock Is Going Backwards!

Can you give me any information on how barometric pressure would affect the fluid level in an air lock. Some days they show negative pressure and a...

What is Bottle Shock and Why Does it Happen?

If you didn't already know what this blog was about, the term bottle shock might conger up some interesting visions. I personally think of someone ...
Close Up Of Hydrometer In Jar

Controlling Alcohol With A Wine Hydrometer

A wine hydrometer plays many different roles in home wine making. It can track a fermentation's progress. It can tell you if your fermentation has ...

Add Some Honey To Your Wine!

Somewhere on your website you suggest sweetening wine with honey rather than with cane sugar. This raised my interest and I was curious if there w...

Adding Yeast To Homemade Wine: Sprinkling vs. Rehydrating

Maybe you can answer a question that I have. When adding wine yeast to a juice or kit, do you need to place it in hot water as the directions say o...

Controlling Your Wine's Alcohol

My name is Lee and I have been making wine from your recipes for awhile. I was wondering what I could do to lower the alcohol content. If I used ha...

What Is The Proper pH Range Of Wine?

I just had two batches of wine tested for pH levels. One is a Cabernet made from plain juice and its pH is 3.78. The other wine is a Merlot, also...

How To Make Homemade Sparkling Wine

There are many different ways to make sparkling wine. There is the Methode Champenoise, the traditional French method believed to produce the highe...

My Fermentation Smells Like Burnt Matches

My homemade wine has started producing a burnt match smell after about 1 week of fermentation. No sulfur has been used in sterilization etc, can yo...

3 Reasons Why Your Starting Hydrometer Reading Is Wrong

Taking a starting hydrometer reading is one of the most important things you can do when making homemade wine. This is a reading that is taken with...

Is There Something To Add To Stop A Fermentation?

Hello, At times my wine will appear to have stopped fermentation, and then after bottling it will start up again causing a big mess. Is there some...

Get More Potential Alcohol From Sugar

How do I get more potential alcohol alcohol on my wine hydrometer. I want to get the level up to 10 or 11% when making a dry wine without adding su...

Giving Your Wines Amazingly Long Shelf-Life!

I am fairly new to home wine making and was wondering what process should I follow to insure that the wine that I make will not have a short shelf ...

Is Oxygen Good Or Bad For Wine?

Hello Kraus, I just started to look into making wine. I read some articles on your website and others. One thing confusing me is it seems like oxy...

What Happened! There Is No Alcohol In My Wine!

Ok I need a wine making for dummies book! I am attempting to make my first batch of wine. I followed my recipe as directed. I just racked it for th...

A Quick Tip For Racking Wine

First off, many of you may be wondering, "what does racking wine mean"? So let's get that out of the way first. In terms of making wine, the defini...

Is Splenda Splendid For Sweetening Wine?

My question is in regards to Splenda as a sweetener. I belong to two wine making groups from Yahoo Groups and on occasion Splenda comes up as the ...

To Use, Or Not To Use An Air Lock On A Wine Fermentation?

On many occasions we have been asked this simple question, "Should a wine making fermenter be sealed with an air-lock during the first few days of ...

Christmas Punch Recipe With A Holiday Wish

Santa's got his sleigh loaded! It's a time of celebration and cheer. As families come together, old stories will be retold once again. Presents wi...

Your Wine Might Be Suffering From Bottle Shock!

When you think about a wine you normally don't think of it in terms of being in a good mood, humorous or even under-the-weather, but there is a ter...

5 Myths About Homemade Wine

There are many misconceptions and misguided assumptions about making wine at home. Most all of them are perpetuated by individuals who never even t...

Why Does My Wine Taste Better The Next Day?

I really enjoy the wine making information in your newsletters. I bottled my first wine, a California Merlot, last May. It aged in 6.5 L carboys an...