Wine Class November 16, 2011

This is just a quick announcement about our next wine class. It will be held at the Porter House Brew Shop in Portersville. Class will be held on November 16, 2011. Please call the Porter House Brew Shop to sign up. I will be making Elderberry wine from fruit. I hope to see you there.

2 thoughts on “Wine Class November 16, 2011

  1. Hi, John

    Will you be using those elderberries that you harvisted from my house? How is that process going? I have racked the wine twice that I got from my Marechal Foch grapes. It’s probably going to end up at 11 % alcohol. So far it smells like nice wine and not vinegar, so no acetobacters.

    I did notice, after several weeks, there were small white precipitates that formed at the top of the wine. I suspect it is mold plaque, but I am hoping it is precipitate from the Campden tablets. Do you ever get a white precipitate that cyrystallizes at the top of the wine?

    I’e tried to keep everything as antiseptic as possible, but I guess not with success…

  2. Yes, I will be making Elderberry wine from the elderberries I got from you.

    In answer to your question about white specs floating on the wine, this may be “Flowers of wine”. This can be caused by Mycoderma, which if left unchecked can spoil the wine. To treat this, rack the wine into a clean sanitized carboy, and treat with 1-2 campden tablets per gallon of wine. Mycoderma needs oxygen to survive, so make sure you top up the carboy with wine or water to minimize the amount of head space in the carboy. If it starts to come back after treating with campden tablets, the next step is to sterile filter the wine. The sterile filters are fine filters, so you would have to filter the wine twice, once with medium filters and the second time with sterile filters. The sterile filters clog up easily, which is why you have to filter it with the medium filter first. You can still save the wine at this point, but I would definitely treat it if it was my wine just to be safe.

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