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I've started uploading a number of online magazine articles for all my compatriots  to enjoy (or ignore) about many of the projects you'll find in The Homebuilt Winery, as well as many new ones about new adventures in winemaking and winemaking equipment.  Whenever I upload a new article, I'll include a post in my blog so if you subscribe to this blog, you'll get a quick note in your email box that there's something new to explore.  Enjoy my new Magazine Articles page.

Cheers!

Steve, le Garagiste

Bottling Day 2012

Thanks to all our wine friends who so graciously worked their tails off to help us bottle some fine wine.  Enjoy!

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Book Now Available--Right Here

After a couple weeks of trying, Paypal finally got me my "Button" so if you haven't gotten The Homebuilt Winery yet, here's your chance. Also, if you want a signed copy, send me an email with what you'd like scribbled in the book and I'll be happy to slather some ink on the front page for you.

Follow the trail and just click the button!  

Cheers!

le Garagiste

--Steve

Book Now Available!!!

After a couple weeks of trying, PayPal finally got me my "Button" so if you haven't gotten The Homebuilt Winery yet, here's your chance. Also, if you want a signed copy, send me an email with what you'd like scribbled in the book and I'll be happy to slather some ink on the front page for you.

Follow the e-trails and I hope you enjoy the show!

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Stomping Grapes

Here's a good reason to pick up my book and build the DIY crusher.  Enjoy!


Racking Sangiovese

Here's a short video of racking Sangiovese from a Vadai Hungarian oak barrel into a glass carboy.  

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Happy Winemaking!


The Homebuilt Winery on Amazon

The much anticipated (by me anyway) book is now listed on all the major online booksellers at a crazy low price!

Coming Soon! THE HOMEBUILT WINERY

It's official! My publisher, Storey Publishing has announced my new book, The Homebuilt Winery on their website. Here's what they have to say about it:

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The Homebuilt Winery

43 Projects for Building and Using Winemaking Equipment

Steve Hughes

With this book in hand, you can set up a home winery and build all of the basic equipment for just a fraction of the cost of store-bought. Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for more than 30 winemaking essentials, including a crusher, a de-stemmer, presses, pumps, and a bottle filler. He even offers a range of options for cellar racking. Along the way, Hughes leads readers through the entire process of winemaking--how to use the equipment, how to set up a winery, the best ways to store and analyze wine, and the best ways to filter, bottle, cork, and label. Here is everything you need to affordably enjoy delicious, high-quality, homemade wine.

$ 19.95 US

  1. Paper
  1. Pages: 208
  2. Size: 8 1/2 x 10 7/8
  3. Color: Photographs and illustrations throughout
  4. ISBN: 978-1-60342-990-0
  5. Order Number: 62990

Finishing up the Firetable

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I set about to finish the table top by installing 2x2 tumbled marble tiles as the main field for the top. Then I cut some marble tiles to cover the fire pit. These tiles will lift off the pit when we want to turn on the fire, but allow us to use the center of the table when we want to use all the space on the top. The fire pit is trimmed out with some brown granite ⅝" x ⅝" mosaics.  Here I am cleaning up the area that will become the perimeter border.

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Once cleaned up, we set out to lay the individual pieces of granite and marble that will form the mosaic border. A single line of the same granite pieces that I used to outline the fire pit also is used on each edge of the border. Then, individual pieces of the granite were turned "on point" to create diamonds between the two rows. Finally we set off-white marble tiles cut into triangles into the space between each diamond.

We then applied a precast travertine chair rail to form the edge of the table. Once the thin set was cured, I grouted the whole thing, including applying a skim coat to the inside and outside of the sides of the fire pit.

Finally, I filled up the fire pit with lava rock and, as they say, Voila! the table she's ready to enjoy. We ordered some new deck chairs and a cantilever style umbrella to give us a fresh new "outdoor room" to enjoy wine and friends well into the cool evening hours.

More photos and closeups of finishing up the top can be found on the Projects page.  Cheers!

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Burn, Baby Burn!

Well, we got some good weather finally and I got the top poured. After letting the concrete cure for a week, I was able to strip the forms and get the gas burner and ignitor hooked up. We picked out the tile and ordered it (special order from California). Clicking the ignitor, we had Flame On!

More photos and description of the build on my Projects Page.



© Steve Hughes 2012