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by Tim Corliss
March 9th, 2020, 1:43 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”
Replies: 106
Views: 10165

Re: Which California Mailing Lists are “Worth it?”

Worth it is 100% an individual question. It’s all what makes you happy when you sit with a bottle. I once had a long, long list. I’m down to Carlisle for whites only (I adore their white blend and the Gruner) and Rhys. Rhys I have been cutting way, way back. I am down to buying only 4 bottles of Cha...
by Tim Corliss
March 9th, 2020, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation
Replies: 58
Views: 2770

Re: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation

I just got this as well. Completely makes up for my dissatisfaction in the first vintage of the Aeris wines (after which I did not buy the following vintage). Very nice. Interesting. Wonder how they organized this. I’ve been on the mailing list for Rhys for a long time and also bought the first, bu...
by Tim Corliss
March 9th, 2020, 1:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation
Replies: 58
Views: 2770

Re: New Rhys/Aeris release - Stunning Customer Appreciation

JYoung wrote:
March 8th, 2020, 10:09 pm
I've purchased two rounds of Aeris (I think that's all of them?), and did not get this, interesting. I guess that leaves me a little less stunned by the customer service haha. I hope I get a chance to try the wines.
I bought from first release. No letter here either.
by Tim Corliss
March 1st, 2020, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released
Replies: 4
Views: 447

Re: Wines from new Livermore Valley Vintners' Collective program being released

Ken, thanks for posting this. Living out in Livermore, it’s good to know. I had no idea this project existed until now. Based on their criteria, it seems like the group believes Merlot and Syrah grow the best out here. Usually people here talk more about Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Chardonnay (wente ...
by Tim Corliss
January 25th, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Re: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?

If you are making less than a 100 gallons and not selling it, the rules are not prohibitive. You would need some legal advice for the non commercial making of wine. There are a number of law firms in northern CA that can help you. Actually if you make wine at home for personal use there are no lega...
by Tim Corliss
January 25th, 2020, 11:21 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Re: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?

Thank you for your responses and insights! I'll look into the conditional use permit, that idea sounds the easiest. I was taking enology classes at Las Positas College and one of the professors there told me conditional use was now illegal. That info got me off track, but now I'll revisit.
by Tim Corliss
January 6th, 2020, 12:50 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?
Replies: 7
Views: 1536

Is it possible to make your garage a legal winery?

For years (like everyone else who loves wine) I have been toying with the idea of starting my own tiny winery. The big thing holding me back is being able to find affordable space that I can legally produce wine at. I've looked through the East Bay and Central Valley and can't find any space that ma...
by Tim Corliss
April 3rd, 2019, 11:57 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Re - 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Chardonnay Offer
Replies: 48
Views: 3886

Re: Re - 2019 Rivers-Marie Spring Chardonnay Offer

I think I got booted from the list. Never got the email.
by Tim Corliss
November 27th, 2018, 11:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking to buy 2 used 1/2 ton macro bins
Replies: 3
Views: 988

Re: Looking to buy 2 used 1/2 ton macro bins

I’m now selling the used bins I bought. $150 each.
by Tim Corliss
October 24th, 2018, 11:26 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Neutral brandy for port in the bay area
Replies: 5
Views: 994

Neutral brandy for port in the bay area

I’m going to make my first port this year. Does anyone know where I can purchase a neutral brandy here in the Bay Area to fortify with? Internet searches are not turning up anything.
by Tim Corliss
February 5th, 2018, 2:43 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Attn: East Bay home winemakers
Replies: 7
Views: 1454

Attn: East Bay home winemakers

I tried to contact Bill, but no luck.
by Tim Corliss
February 4th, 2018, 12:15 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Acid adjustment post primary fermentation
Replies: 5
Views: 784

Acid adjustment post primary fermentation

Has anyone made an acid adjustment post primary fermentation? Curious to hear peoples experience

I’ve heard that if this is done, the acid adjustment sticks out like a sore thumb. True?
by Tim Corliss
December 27th, 2017, 12:45 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 309
Views: 23479

Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Does anyone know if any growers are willing to sell lots of one ton or less?
by Tim Corliss
December 27th, 2017, 12:41 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Contra Costa County Wine Heritage
Replies: 309
Views: 23479

Contra Costa County Wine Heritage

Drew, incredible thread.

In all of your research is there a master list of vineyards available?
by Tim Corliss
November 29th, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Completing malo on a low pH, high total SO2 wine
Replies: 11
Views: 1348

Completing malo on a low pH, high total SO2 wine

Tim, By deacidifying, you'll probably get the malolactic kick started. I don't think the ML bacteria care about total SO2, and your free SO2 is virtually nothing. I bet it's the low pH that's preventing the bacteria from doing their thing. The alcohol is in check, so that's not a problem. If you lo...
by Tim Corliss
November 27th, 2017, 3:24 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Stuck fermentation, what do I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Stuck fermentation, what do I do?

I had almost given up last week, but was pressing some Syrah that went completely dry. I put the free run Zin on top of the dry Syrah skins, then things started happening again. By this morning, the bins were down to -0.8 and -0.9, so I put the Zin in the press on top of dry Grenache skins, and voi...
by Tim Corliss
November 27th, 2017, 2:22 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Completing malo on a low pH, high total SO2 wine
Replies: 11
Views: 1348

Completing malo on a low pH, high total SO2 wine

So, I made a calculation error on my SO2 additions on a lot of chardonnay. Basic chemistry is ph = 3.23 alcohol = 13.57% free SO2 = 5 ppm total SO2 = 59 ppm Malic 2,390 mg/L Lactic 67 mg/L TA 7.7 g/L I've tried several ML strains and have been keeping the temp at 65 degrees. Can't seem to get the ML...
by Tim Corliss
November 27th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Stuck fermentation, what do I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Stuck fermentation, what do I do?

I had almost given up last week, but was pressing some Syrah that went completely dry. I put the free run Zin on top of the dry Syrah skins, then things started happening again. By this morning, the bins were down to -0.8 and -0.9, so I put the Zin in the press on top of dry Grenache skins, and voi...
by Tim Corliss
October 1st, 2017, 10:10 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Attn: East Bay home winemakers
Replies: 7
Views: 1454

Attn: East Bay home winemakers

I've been looking for something like this for a while. Was hoping I could network and find someone with a backyard vineyard of old vines. I'm not a huge Cabernet fan, but this sounds interesting. I'll sent him an email
by Tim Corliss
October 1st, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Stuck fermentation, what do I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Stuck fermentation, what do I do?

Ed, did the pomace attempt work out?
by Tim Corliss
October 1st, 2017, 8:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Stuck fermentation, what do I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Stuck fermentation, what do I do?

So, made the right connection at work and got lb work done on this, when it stuck

Alchohol 14.4%
RS 3.87 g/100 ml
PH 3.3
TA .65 g/100ml
VA .063 g/100ml

On my last attempt to restart, I added water to lower by 1.5 brix. Didn't help.
by Tim Corliss
October 1st, 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Can you make a port out of a stuck wine
Replies: 3
Views: 672

Can you make a port out of a stuck wine

I've tried to restart my stuck Syrah three times. Got it down from 4 brix to 2.

Has anyone taken a stuck wine and made a port from it?

Thinking that might be the best hope for this stuff.
by Tim Corliss
September 14th, 2017, 4:08 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Stuck fermentation, what do I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Stuck fermentation, what do I do?

Another/reliable approach: 1. Mix yeast hulls (yeast hulls, not opti-red/etc) into the stuck wine. I forget the amt to add, but there are lots of recommendations out there for this. This'll help bind to 'bad' stuff. Don't add other things, esp nutrients since nutrients in a dry wine will lead to un...
by Tim Corliss
September 14th, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Stuck fermentation, what do I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Stuck fermentation, what do I do?

Tim, have you pressed the 600 liter tank yet? If not, press that and put the free run juice from the stuck smaller tanks on the dry skins. You can also roll the dice and put the dry wine from the 600 liter tank on top of the sweet skins in the smaller tanks. There's no guarantee it will work, so th...
by Tim Corliss
September 11th, 2017, 10:11 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Stuck fermentation, what do I do?
Replies: 25
Views: 2655

Stuck fermentation, what do I do?

I have a 200l tank or Syrah that has been at 5 brix for two days. Cap is still rising and I can smell CO2 so I think something is still alive in there. Temp is 84 degrees. Innoculated with D254 and hydrated with nutrients as well as adding nutrients once the fermentation got going. Today is day 10 a...
by Tim Corliss
August 22nd, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking to buy 2 used 1/2 ton macro bins
Replies: 3
Views: 988

Looking to buy 2 used 1/2 ton macro bins

I am looking to buy two used 1/2 ton macro bins. If you have some for sale within driving distance of the SF/Bay area, please send me a PM, thanks!
by Tim Corliss
December 4th, 2016, 11:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for 30 gallon oak barrels.
Replies: 6
Views: 1835

Looking for 30 gallon oak barrels.

Try Vadai up in Oregon. I get all sizes of Hungarian oak barrels from them.
by Tim Corliss
December 4th, 2016, 11:33 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Acid additions: tartaric vs citric
Replies: 6
Views: 1442

Acid additions: tartaric vs citric

Jesse, Are you going to sterile filter to keep the partial malolactic just partial? If so, I think a citric addition would be fine. If you're not sterile filtering, I'd worry about the citric acid being metabolized. But most importantly, are you sure it needs an acid addition? That would be my worr...
by Tim Corliss
September 12th, 2016, 12:49 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir
Replies: 9
Views: 1999

Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir

Karen & Brian, thank you. I send him an email!
by Tim Corliss
September 8th, 2016, 8:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir
Replies: 9
Views: 1999

Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir

Striking out so far!
by Tim Corliss
September 8th, 2016, 12:43 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir
Replies: 9
Views: 1999

Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir

Wes, thank you sir!
by Tim Corliss
September 5th, 2016, 11:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir
Replies: 9
Views: 1999

Looking for 1,000lbs of Pinot noir

Any thoughts on any vineyards willing to sell such a small amount here in California?

Would love SLH, Santa Cruz or Sonoma Coast, but beggars can't be choosers [berserker.gif]
by Tim Corliss
August 15th, 2016, 12:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: PatrickComiskey: American Rhone Book
Replies: 33
Views: 2414

PatrickComiskey: American Rhone Book

Wish they offered a kindle edition.
by Tim Corliss
July 25th, 2016, 10:43 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: BayGrape Wine Shop
Replies: 9
Views: 1125

BayGrape Wine Shop

Great thread. Thanks guys.
by Tim Corliss
October 16th, 2015, 10:38 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Risks to late fermentation water additions
Replies: 13
Views: 2097

Risks to late fermentation water additions

I was worried about the alcohol level. I used D254 and the starting brix was 27.5 by refractometer. The yeast should be ok at those levels, but what I was worried about seems to be coming true. The temp has dropped from a peak of 85 to 79 and the brix have been at 3.5 for two days now. Should I pitc...
by Tim Corliss
October 13th, 2015, 12:37 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Risks to late fermentation water additions
Replies: 13
Views: 2097

Risks to late fermentation water additions

Any risks to sticking the fermentation with a late fermentation water addition, say around 10 brix.
by Tim Corliss
September 27th, 2015, 11:34 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Storing Barrels
Replies: 16
Views: 2069

Storing Barrels

I use the barrel storage solution suggested by Vinquiry. sO2 and citric

So far no issues. I know it turns the barrels neutral faster, but I am ok with that.
by Tim Corliss
September 27th, 2015, 1:00 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Sanitizing a cellar
Replies: 8
Views: 1778

Sanitizing a cellar

SO2 or starsan sound like good options to me.
by Tim Corliss
August 16th, 2015, 10:36 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say Good Bye to Cor-vin capsule. Argon wine adapter
Replies: 26
Views: 5752

Say Good Bye to Cor-vin capsule.

Where do we find the fitting that goes into the coravin?
by Tim Corliss
August 16th, 2015, 10:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Say Good Bye to Cor-vin capsule. Argon wine adapter
Replies: 26
Views: 5752

Say Good Bye to Cor-vin capsule.

This makes it more likely for me to finally buy one. Haven't yet because I don't want to deal with buying cartridges all of the time
by Tim Corliss
August 6th, 2015, 1:35 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Let's talk Grenache Blanc
Replies: 52
Views: 1858

Let's talk Grenache Blanc

Two Shepherds- they consider GB to be their flagship variety. They are making one with and one without skin contact from Saarloos vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. Definitely more of a high acid take on GB. +1 +2. Two Shepard is my favorite example. In the Sierra Foothills, Skinner is making a ver...
by Tim Corliss
January 15th, 2015, 11:28 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: UC Davis Winemaking Certificate
Replies: 10
Views: 3796

UC Davis Winemaking Certificate

I was lucky and was able to get my employer to pay for it.
by Tim Corliss
December 28th, 2014, 12:01 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Chemical Engineering Undergrad
Replies: 11
Views: 3220

Chemical Engineering Undergrad

I think with that background there are lots of opportunities in the wine industry, especially at the larger wineries. I would target an internship at one of the large wineries, they are likely the only ones able to offer it. The experience will be invaluable. Large scale winemaking is obviously much...
by Tim Corliss
December 27th, 2014, 11:56 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Secrets for removing tartrates
Replies: 8
Views: 1657

Secrets for removing tartrates

I tried a combination of the suggestions and make a very concentrated batch of powdery brewery wash and let it sit for a few days. Worked like a charm. The suggestion about accessing hot water from your hot water heater was also huge. I had never thought of that. Still not keen on using hot water fr...
by Tim Corliss
December 27th, 2014, 11:52 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: UC Davis Winemaking Certificate
Replies: 10
Views: 3796

UC Davis Winemaking Certificate

I just finished the program in May 2014. While I did not go to UC Davis for an undergrad, 4 of the five courses were pretty challenging. I did a harvest internship in 2008 and that experience combined with the online program were very good compliments. I also read a ton and am lucky to have a job th...
by Tim Corliss
December 22nd, 2014, 11:24 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Bedrock Teroldego??
Replies: 31
Views: 1706

Bedrock Teroldego??

There is also teroldego in the Central Valley. Newer plantings, but it's there, it's small and growing.
by Tim Corliss
November 2nd, 2014, 10:37 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Secrets for removing tartrates
Replies: 8
Views: 1657

Secrets for removing tartrates

Thank you so much for the suggestions everyone. No access to hot water. Soaked overnight and will try Vincent's paste suggestion if that didn't work.

I love cleaning
by Tim Corliss
October 26th, 2014, 10:30 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Secrets for removing tartrates
Replies: 8
Views: 1657

Secrets for removing tartrates

So, I have a wicked build up of tartrates on my crusher/destemmer. Anything out there that will make removing them a breeze? So far sodium percarb and powdery brewery wash don't seem to be making a dent.
by Tim Corliss
October 9th, 2014, 11:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Lodi: Klinker Brick Old Vine, 2012
Replies: 9
Views: 394

Lodi: Klinker Brick Old Vine, 2012

Widely available. Very good. My go to zin. Killer value.
by Tim Corliss
September 19th, 2014, 9:39 pm
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: Use of Volunteers at Wineries...
Replies: 33
Views: 4815

Use of Volunteers at Wineries...

Be careful if your neighbor comes over and helps you with some yard work. Might end up costing you a few bucks for not providing a fair wage and not giving the state their cut of taxes. If you extend the logic on this..seems like the state will jump on anyone who uses volunteers for anything. Charit...

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