Archive for September, 2008

Fresh Juice and Measuring SO2

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

This past week I picked up my order of fresh juice from California. I’ve got two 6 gallon buckets fermenting right now of Cabernet Sauvignon and a Chardonnay. While I was at the store getting my order I listened in on a conversation one of the staff was having with another customer talking about their SO2 PPM count. They were talking about the varying levels in red and white wines. When I jumped in and asked how to test for them, the guy gave me a testing kit called Titrets® which measures your sulfite. I still have to do a little more reading up on this but it’d be helpful to know this info right before I bottle. From what I understand proper SO2 levels help maintain the shelf life and flavor of your wines.

Upcoming Project: Trundle Bed

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

On Friday I finalized the designs for a trundle bed I’m going to start work on this month. I based it on a few different references I came across and that were provided to me, but for the most part it follows a typical panel style. I was asked to make it so that it supports a full mattress on the top, and a twin for the trundle.

3rd Racking of the Merlot

Saturday, September 13th, 2008

Finally got around to racking the Merlot again. I think one more racking will do just before I bottle it. At this point it tastes pretty decent, but it definitely needs to mature itself some more.