Friday, December 7, 2007

Rotten Eggs in Your Wine

I am pressed for time today but wanted to quickly address a problem that one of my home wine making customers is fighting today. This problem is the presence of hydrogen sulphide (H2S) in your wine must.

The key to solving this problem is early detection. Detection is easy because the aroma produced by the presence of hydrogen sulphides is that of rotten eggs.

There are several possible causes but I will refer you to the How To page on our website where there is a link to a .pdf file which more fully explains the causes and how to deal with this problem. The most common method of eliminating the problem is to aerate your wine must (the offshoot of this is a possible oxidation of your wine) by racking it several times and allowing as much splash as possible. Another solution can be found in the website article.

BlueStem Winery is your source for winemaking supplies both in the store and on the web. We specialize in wine ingredient kits from two of the world's best kit suppliers: WinExpert and Cellar Craft! WinExpert kits were our first order of business when we opened and about four months ago we added Cellar Craft kits to our inventory. We have posted articles on our blog about all of the Cellar Craft ingredient kits we carry and will soon be posting descriptions of all of our WinExpert kits on our blog.

Cellar Craft kits we have written about include:

Showcase Amarone
Showcase Rosso Fortissimo
Showcase Cabernet-Shiraz
Showcase Chateau du Pays
Washington Reserve Late Harvest Riesling
Showcase Yakima Valley Merlot
Showcase Yakima Valley Syrah
Showcase Viognier
Showcase Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel
Showcase Cabernet-Merlot
Showcase Gewurztraminer-Riesling
Showcase Yakima Valley Pinot Gris
Italian Reserva Nebbiolo
Porto Corinto
Washington State White Merlot
Classic Port
Italian Reserva Pinot Grigio

Our website features pricing with all shipping expense included for our winemaking equipment and home brew supplies to anywhere in the lower 48. The price shown on the website is exactly what you will pay for any homebrew ingredients or wine making equipment purchased with no additional charges for shipping (other than the one time per order $6.00 handling fee).

We specialize in prompt, friendly and knowledgeable service to our wine making and home brewing customers. Beer brewing supplies can be purchased for your own recipe or you can purchase pre-packaged kits easy to make extract kits from Muntons, Coopers, and others. Partial mash kits pre-packaged at BlueStem Winery (our own BlueStems Best beer brewing ingredients kits) are also available in may different beer styles or if you are a whole grain brewer we stock a complete line of malted grains and other home brewing ingredients for your personal recipes.

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