Kit Winemaking: The Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Making Wines from Concentrate

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Providing day-by-day instructions for novice winemakers, this guide takes the guesswork out of using kits and concentrates for producing high-quality wine at home. Covering everything the hobbyist vintner needs to know about the winemaking process, this informative handbook discusses the different kinds of winemaking kits that are on the market, presents solutions to the most common problems experienced by kit winemakers with tips on how to avoid these pitfalls, and includes a glossary that demystifies ...

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Kit Winemaking: The Illustrated Beginner's Guide to Making Wines from Concentrate

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Overview

Providing day-by-day instructions for novice winemakers, this guide takes the guesswork out of using kits and concentrates for producing high-quality wine at home. Covering everything the hobbyist vintner needs to know about the winemaking process, this informative handbook discusses the different kinds of winemaking kits that are on the market, presents solutions to the most common problems experienced by kit winemakers with tips on how to avoid these pitfalls, and includes a glossary that demystifies winemaking lingo. 

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  • ISBN-13: 9781550652512
  • Publisher: Vehicule Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 108
  • Sales rank: 962,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Pambianchi is the founder and CEO of Cadenza Wines, which operates Maleta Winery. He is a regular columnist and technical editor for WineMaker magazine, and the author of Techniques in Home Winemaking. He lives in Montreal.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Acknowledgments 11

1 Introduction 13

Why make wine from a kit? 13

Winemaking 101 14

Contains sulfites 18

2 Winemaking Kits 21

Kinds of wine kits 22

What is included in a wine kit 24

Wine styles 27

Behind the scenes in kit production 29

3 Winemaking Equipment 31

Carboys: glass versus plastic 39

4 Making Wine 41

Sanitization 42

Juice preparation 43

Fermentation 48

Stabilization and clarification 52

Filtration 57

To filter or not to filter? 60

Bottling and aging 61

5 Dealing With Problems 65

Fermentation is sluggish or stuck 65

Wine is refermenting in bottles 66

Wine is sweet, not dry 66

Wine is too dry 67

Wine is cloudy 68

Wine is fizzy 68

Wine smells and tastes "grapey" 69

Wine smells of rotten eggs (H2S) 69

Something has gone terribly wrong 70

6 Advanced Topics 73

Choosing yeasts 73

Chaptalization 75

Managing total acidity (TA) and pH 76

Sulfite management 77

Cold stabilization 80

Malolactic fermentation 81

Blending 81

Appendices 85

Appendix A Conversion factors between Metric, Imperial and US systems 86

Appendix B Winemaking Log Chart 88

Glossary 91

Index 103

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