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Winemaking Class

Hyde's Harvest often gets the question, "Can we buy your muscadine wine?". We are not a winery and do not have a license to sell wine. Our business supports the home winemaker and will be holding a hands on class to provide instruction on basic wine making procedures.

When: September 26, 2015
Where: Toney Vineyard, 214 Ardwall Rd. Toney, AL
Time: 1:00Pm-? (estimated at 2 hours depending on number of participants.)

What will be covered: Basic overview of wine making from fresh grapes and the fermentation process.

If you are interested in participating please email grapes@hydesharvest.com to confirm your spot.

Attendees will need to have the following to start a batch of wine. Additional items will be needed to complete the process at home. Documentation will be provided on the items needed and the procedures. This will be posted online later this week.

1. Appropriate amount of fruit for their wine batch.
We like using a minimum of 30-45 lbs of fruit for a 5 gallon batch of muscadine wine. If you are planning to pick before the class, please allow 1-2 hours to pick the fruit and have it crushed.

40 – 85 lbs of fruit is recommended for cluster grapes. If you want to make a pure grape juice wine, hence no water added then it is necessary to have about 85 lbs of fruit for a 5 gallon batch.

2. One 7.5 gallon, or two 6 gallon food grade plastic fermenters. Used for primary fermentation

3. One airlock: for keeping oxygen out of the fermented wine batch
4. One long plastic stirring spoon, ( I like the plastic ones due to the small end that can fit inside a Carbuoy for mixing in later wine-making stages)
5. One small container of Pectic Enzyme: Used to help break down the fleshy part of the fruit, and helps to pull out more tannin from the grapes
6. Cleaning solution: Seabrite is a common cleaning powder that is good for general purpose cleaning
7. Hydrometer: This is used to measure the soluble sugar content in the wine mixture
8. Potassium metabisulfite: This is used to sanitize equipment, and to kill wild yeast and/or bacteria that may be present in the initial grape mixture.
9. Wine Yeast 1 packet will be needed within 24 hours. (Recommend Lavalin EC-1118)

The required supplies may be purchased at a local company called "Pearly Gates" or you may purchase online at www.midwestsupplies.com.

We are looking forward to a great class and hope to see some new faces out at the Toney Vineyard!

Please RSVP to grapes@hydesharvest.com