Home Winemaking For Dummies
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Winemaking is too much of an art to have real laws, like the laws of physics, but home winemakers are well advised to keep these four principles in mind at all times:

  • Useful obsessions: You cannot worry too much about sanitation, temperature, and oxygen.

  • Buckets: You cannot possibly have too many buckets available in your winery.

  • Blending: This technique is the home winemaker’s best friend.

  • Quantity: You cannot make great wine in quantities small enough to drink by yourself.

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Tim Patterson writes about wine and makes some of his own in Berkeley, California. He contributes the monthly "Inquiring Winemaker" column for the industry trade magazine Wines & Vines, digging into winemaking theories and techniques, and he covered home winemaking for several years in the pages of WineMaker. He has won dozens of Gold medals, Double Golds, and Best of Shows from amateur winemaking competitions in California.

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