It looks like harvest 2010 in Northern California is finally up and running. It’s been a very strange year for many regions throughout the state. Rainy, rainy, cold…then HOT..then pretty nice..then cool. The upshot of all of this climactic drama is for most growers a later harvest then usual. This extra hang time is giving me a few extra weeks to read up and prepare for mumu’s first go at making wine.
So check out my new toys! The super knowledgeable guys at Oak Barrel Winecraft in Berkeley helped me assemble all of the equipment and gadgets that I will need to vinify my first batch of grapes. At this point is looks like its going to be Grenache, but that could change so I am ready for anything. Counoise anyone?
Winemaking Equipment Kit (for 200 lbs of red grapes)
32 gallon fermenter w/ lid
3 x 5 gallon carboy
1 x 3 gallon carboy
3 x #7 stoppers and airlocks
racking tube & holder
6’ siphon hose
hydrometer & jar
Yeast..(not sure which one yet)
Star San sanitizing agent
SO2 test kit (for home winemakers)
ML / paper chromatography test kit
Plastic sheeting (since I am making this in my living room/kitchen)
Home Winemaking Step by Step by Jon Iverson
I am sure that I have forgotten several other necessary items. If anyone sees any glaring omissions, please let me know.
I plan on crushing and de-stemming (or perhaps on partial) by hand. 200 lbs should be pretty doable. In the meantime, I had better figure out how to calibrate and use my new pH meter.
More to come on the home winemaking front!