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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Stonemark Publishing; 3rd edition (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096579363X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965793636
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Filled with strong basic knowledge for beginners and techniques and tricks for more experienced vintners."  —Time magazine

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My goal in writing this book was a reference book containing all of the information that a home winemaker needs from beginning to end. The first 7 chapters describe the basic procedures for the fermentation of both red wines and white wines. The first chapter, the table of contents and index can be read on the Internet. The book is devoted entirely to fermentation, with no effort having been made explore different wine regions, wine appreciation or wine lore in general. The book is unique in that its scope is restricted to grapes and it assembles in one source all pertinent information about the latest fermentation techniques. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book is easy to read.
Hassan Sahouani
Home Winemaking Step by Step is a clear and well-organized book on the subject of wine fermentation.
Renaissance Man
I recommend this book highly to anyone who is serious about learning to make wine.
Tom Dahlin

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Jack B. Keller, Jr. on November 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
If you've never before made wine from grapes but want to try it, or if you've been making it for years but simply want to improve your skills and your wine, "Home Winemaking Step by Step" is the single best resource for that task.
Jon Iverson has written a book anyone can use with confidence. His writing is straightforward, concise and lay-oriented, and both beginner and advanced winemaker will feel this book was writen for them. For the beginner, it is refreshingly complete. For the advanced winemaker, it contains nuggets of technique and insight that will prove valuable and useful.
Iverson's treatment of acidity, cold soaking and stabilization, extended and carbonic macerations, malolactic fermentation, sparkling wine methods, fining, and oaking are pregnant with value. While most would agree these are advanced topics, Jon works them into the overall process so effortlessly that the beginner might never know he is being ushered through a collegiate. Similarly, the appendices are loaded with procedures, tables, insights, and resources all will find useful.
If you make or want to make grape wines, you really ought to have this book.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Shea HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a great book to sit down and read through before you begin making wine from grapes. It goes through each step a winemaker follows, from the equipment to the yeast, from fining to fermenting.
It would have been helpful to have more photos and high quality illustrations in the book - you are restricted to simple line drawings when reading about the various things going on in the description. Usually they suffice, though, and you can figure out what to do.
This might not be the best 'only one' book for an all-around winemaker - it concentrates on making wine from grapes, while most home winemakers foray extensively into fruit winemaking. Also, it doesn't have recipes in it, so you'll need a companion book to figure out what you're making. Still, this is a very valuable book and should be on the shelf of any home winemaker.
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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1999
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The is a clear and concise book about making wine from grapes, the best overall book for beginners and serious home-winemakers. It covers the entire process step-by-step with practical and useful advices. It is simple and yet does not neglect the underlying scientific and technical aspects. Quanities of chemicals and additives are all clearly outlined and adjusted to the volumes typical for home winemaking. The chapter on the use of oak additives is the best in print. It also contains excellent coverage on sanitation, the use of sulphites, racking and fining.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Paul S. Remington TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
In 2002, I purchased Jon Iverson's Home Winemaking Step by Step for the first time and found myself venturing into the previously-unknown world of winemaking. I started easy--a Seyval Blanc using EC-1118 yeast. Easy as it was, I was clueless as to how to start and what to do.

Enter Jon Iverson's book. Iverson is a stalwart to the winemaking process and his book has become a well-established resource to newbie and experienced winemakers alike. Without realizing it at the time, I selected a perfect resource to launch me into the wonderful world of winemaking. Pretty much everything I needed to know was covered.

Iverson discusses red and white wines, wines from juice concentrate, crush, fermentation, aging, sulfite management, racking, and various test procedures that educate the reader on the basic chemical properties of wine. He discusses oak and gives educated and knowledgeable recommendations based on his experience. For those interested in delving into a more complex process, malolactic fermentation is also discussed in detail. A troubleshooting section is added to assist if problems occur and he even discusses the bottling process.

The current fourth edition provides added material. This new material includes:

- Enhanced material on grape harvest
- Expanded content on fermenting red and white juice
- New material covering tannins and enzymes
- Additional tables, tips, images, and drawings
- Updated Web site references
- Enhanced index

Iverson's book is well balanced with information presented clearly and concisely. For seasoned winemakers looking for more detail, this may not be the book for you.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Foisie on January 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
Jon Iverson's book, Home Winemaking Step-by-Step is not only well written and thorough, it just as importantly is current - infused with information and understanding of contemporary winemaking technology.
Jon's writing style makes the subject of winemaking easy for the beginner to understand, and yet the book is comprehensive enough to serve as a reference guide for the more advanced winemaker.
I have been teaching winemaking for the past fifteen years. Home Winemaking Step-by-Step is the book I recommend to my students and to which I reference in class.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Farnsworth on April 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
As long as you're not interested in fruit wines, this book is the one to get for serious beginning winemakers (like me). It's technical in a practical way, with good charts and conversion tables, but very little of the heavy bio-chem stuff that lies beyond this level. Iverson also has the best ideas I've seen for implementing more advanced methods (like extended maceration) with home equipment. More photos would be nice, as would a more detailed description of troubleshooting via sensory analysis, but overall Iverson rates at least 4 stars.
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