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"Don't cook with bad wine"
~ The Zen Winemaker ~

3 terms, 2 quotes, 1 question

May 28, 2021

Happy Friday! Time to wrap up this week and get ready for the next! Take a deep breath and kick off the weekend on a positive note. Let's consider where we have been, improve it, and move forward next week. Packing the most content into the least words and trying to change the world, one glass at a time.

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3 - Wine Terms - Measurements

1. Degree Brix: Winemakers typically express the amount of sugar in grapes or a liquid as Degree Brix with the symbol °Bx. 1 °Bx = 1% sugar by weight. During fermentation, 1 gram of sugar will be converted to approximately 0.59 grams of alcohol. Fruit with a low Brix, will produced low alcohol wines. To make a 14% abv wine, the winemaker needs to pick between 23-24 Brix.

2. TA: Abbreviation for Total Acidity and is typically expressed in grams/liter. Wine is a combination of many types of acid. The predominant ones would include Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid and Citric Acid and these acids are one of the reasons wine is shelf stable for decades without additives or pasteurization. The higher the TA (acidity) the more salivating you will do while drinking the wine. Wines with low TA will taste flat or flabby. Wines from cooler regions will typically have more acidity.

3. RS: Abbreviation for Residual Sugar. Dry wines have a very low amount of RS, typically less than 2%. 1% RS is a typical detection threshold. Grapes contain fermentable sugars including Sucrose, Glucose and Fructose. Adding sugar to fermenting wine is called Chaptalization which is prohibited in California though permitted in most other states and countries.

Geek Zone: Einstein stated that — 'Energy cannot be created or destroyed , it can only be changed from one form to another.' Sunlight is a form of energy that the grape vines absorb and produce sugar. Fermentation converts that energy into alcohol. The calories in wine mostly come from the alcohol and not the RS which according to Einstein is just converted energy from the sun. So if you have a few extra pounds, blame the sun.

2 - Quotes from Me:

1. "Measure your progress against yourself and not others." ~ The Zen Winemaker

2. "Always ask if there is a better, faster or cheaper way and do it." ~ The Zen Winemaker

1 - Question to ponder:

If you did one small thing (smile, say thank you, acknowledge or appreciate) every day to improve someone else's life - how many people could you touch in a week and how great would you feel about yourself.

Karma tells us: the more you give, the more you get.

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The small things - because the entire universe if built upon the smallest things imaginable.



Darius Miller - The Zen Winemaker

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