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New World Wine Maker

Hang loose, Dude

In our northern latitudes, things change from year to year and what you got last year may not be what you get this year.   There are a few tricks to getting a heads up to minimize surprises on the c…

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Armageddon… don’t let it happen in your cellar! (Part 2)

Modern winemaking can be very stressful and winemakers are putting increasing pressure on their minuscule friends. No, I’m serous! Pressure can indeed be a limiting factor; especially where low pH a…

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Armageddon… don’t let it happen in your cellar! (Part 1)

Not only humans (and don’t forget the dinosaurs) are subject to mass extinction. Micro-organisms are intimately sensitive to changes in their environment. Take a tank of fermenting must. The savvy w…

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High Total Acidity and High pH?! How to handle it…

So what is the big deal about pH? Because tartaric acid is relatively strong, it works to keep a wine’s pH near 3.0, which in turn keeps the wine stable against microbes. This is one of the reasons…

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High Total Acidity and High pH?! How to handle it…

So what is the big deal about pH? Because tartaric acid is relatively strong, it works to keep a wine’s pH near 3.0, which in turn keeps the wine stable against microbes. This is one of the reasons…

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