Posts Tagged ‘ strawberry wine ’

Strawblog: Day 3: Disaster strikes?

20 August 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 3:  Disaster strikes?

Everything was set. The yeast were happy, I had the airlocks on so that any spare CO2 would bubble out, and so that nothing would explode. When I woke up the next morning, though, I discovered that my explosion-prevention strategy had a slight flaw. I woke up to this: Turns out some strawberry pulp...
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Strawblog: Day 2 continued: Fermentation prep

1 August 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 2 continued: Fermentation prep

So once I had the must chaptalized, it was (finally) time for some fermentation. Before starting fermentation, I wanted to make sure that my fermentation was clean, and that means sterilizing. Most wineries would sterilize using steam or detergents and sanitizing agents. While these are available for homebrewers (B-Brite and C-Brite are common sanitizers),...
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Strawblog: Day 2: Chaptalization, or the boring math part.

7 July 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 2: Chaptalization, or the boring math part.

When we last left our berries they were cold-soaking overnight in the fridge after crush and pectinase treatment. The next day it was time to take some measurements. I squeezed the pulp in a hop bag to get straight juice out into a graduated cylinder. I suppose you don’t need a graduated cylinder but...
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Strawblog: Day 1

3 July 2009
By Tom Mansell
Strawblog: Day 1

Sarah and I are members of the Sweet Land Farm CSA (community-supported agrictulture) in Trumansburg. For those unfamiliar with the CSA concept, you basically invest in a share of the farm and your dividends are vegetables and fruits. Anyway, one of the benefits of membership is unlimited U-Pick strawberries. Naturally, I picked about 5...
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