GRAPES FOR SALE BY OWNER – Sonoma County – listing in the comments fields

Got Grapes? This grape listing blog is a free resource for both the wine maker as well as the grower. Local growers can list their fruit for sale.  Please only list fruit local to Sonoma County and its environs.      If you would like to place a listing, please submit a post here AND send […]

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Pressure Checking a Draft System

I’ve seen many sad faces of customers returning to our store with empty gas canisters, still uncertain how their gas got away from them.   Surprisingly few hobbyists actually think to pressure check their draft system before leaving that gas tank turned on and going to bed.  THIS IS A CRITICAL STEP.  Unless you are going […]

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TA Titration – How often does the sodium hydroxide neutralizer need to be replaced?

  The neutralizer used to perform a titratable acidity test is a liquid sodium hydroxide reagent. I’d recommend you always purchase and use a dated reagent—the hydroxide weakens in time and can lead to incorrectly high TA results. A best practice is generally to replace your sodium hydroxide at the beginning of each harvest season. […]

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Is it normal for a plate filter to leak from the pads?

Yes, if the plates are not encased in a housing. The filter pads are made of naturally absorbent materials. Some wine will always wick to the edges of the pads. In standard home plate filters, such as the Buon Vino, the edges of the pads are outside the plates. Although the plates are tightened and […]

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