Wine Classes starting back up

Last Saturday, Jan 24, we had another wine class at the Porter House Brew Shop. It was a good class and I am happy to be back teaching after the holidays. The number one thing I try to pass on to my students is to keep EVERYTHING that touches the wine sanitised. Bacteria and wild yeast are everywhere and they can spoil your wine if you are not careful. Some people think that the alcohol in the wine is enough to keep everything clean. That isn’t the case prior to fermentation. So make sure everything is sanitised from the time you start until the wine is in bottles.

If you think the alcohol in wine is enough to keep it from spoiling, leave a glass of wine on your counter for a couple of weeks. I seriously doubt you would want to drink it after that long. 🙂

Enjoy your wine.

Wine Class

Last night, October 25, I taught a fruit wine making class at the Porter House Brew Shop. We had a great time talking about how to make home made wine and tasting samples. One of my students brought in some Tomato Wine. It was far better than the Tomato Wine I made! I showed my students how to make an Apple Cider Wine. This is one of my favorites. I usually make a couple of batches every year. My father has his own fresh apples pressed into cider every year and I make a couple of batches of wine from his apple cider.

One thing I tell my students is that wine making is part art and part science. The science part is taking measurements and adjusting the must based on those measurements. The art part is not sweating the small stuff and just make the wine.

When you taste you must it should taste sweet. You should also be able to taste the acid in the must. As long as you kept everything sanitized, pitch your yeast and have a glass of wine. Relax and enjoy yourself. If it feels too much like work and not enough like fun, what is the point?

I really enjoy teaching these classes. They don´t feel like work, the feel like fun. If I could only make enough money teaching them to pay all my bills, I could quit my day job!

Enjoy a glass of wine!