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By Kenneth Hawkins

This publication covers the fundamentals of constructing wine and the way and what numerous forms vary. the writer indicates you the way to coach your palate so you are capable pass judgement on the relative features of the wine you produce. It contains fifty five recipes in addition to directions for racking, processing and maturing

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Glycerol adds body to a wine, and succinic acid assists to promote ester production, which in turn, gives the vinous character we need). A sound fermentation of the must is of great importance to us, and it should begin as soon as possible after the ingredients are in the bucket and the effect of the Campden tablet has worn off. It is for this reason that I would always advocate the use of a starter bottle (see page 12), as it minimises the ‘time-lag’ when the must is most vulnerable to the growth of bacteria; for in creating the ideal temperature for the yeast to work, we have also produced the best conditions for the growth of bacteria.

Are macerated in the spirit for a varying period according to the strength of the additive. In either case the sugar is added later. The second, eau de vie, are pure distillates made from fruit or vegetable wines, and should not contain any additional flavouring, just sugar to sweeten – examples of these are Framboise (raspberry), Kirsch (cherry), Calvados (apple). The names of many of these liqueurs have been registered, and we are unable to use them, but there are several firms who are marketing liqueur essences which are very close to commercial types, and it is possible for us to make very acceptable liqueurs with the minimum of effort.

SOCIAL WINES The present-day definition would probably be a wine with plenty of flavour, too strong in alcohol for a table wine, but not strong enough in either flavour or alcohol for a dessert wine. These wines can be sweet or dry according to taste. In fact, they are classic examples of some of the old country wines, which were made from whatever fruits, vegetables, etc. were available at the time, providing a wine that was suitable for drinking with friends in the evenings. There will be several examples of these social wines in the recipes following, and indeed they form a very useful introduction into winemaking for the beginner.

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