Written By: Gary Campanella
Creation Date: Friday November 20th 2009
Last Updated: Wednesday March 3rd 2021
A number of the articles will refer to the importance of testing your wine for properties that are critical to the winemaking process; pH, Free SO2, Malic Acid, Lactic Acid, Total Acid, Residual Sugar, etc.
Not every home winemaker has the ability to measure all of these things. A beginning winemaker may be understandably daunted by the thought of having to equip for all of these measurements!
The following have proven to be very helpful for testing and advice on members’ wines; particularly with the identification of faults, etc. All charge for the testing only.
Karen Coulston - (Hills of Plenty, Yarrambat; telephone (03) 9436 2264). Karen is a life member of the Guild, a professionally qualified winemaker with a chemistry background, a wine science educator and Show Judge. In addition to her winery, she operates her own wine consultancy and testing services. She is very committed to assisting small winemakers including home winemakers, and is a committed presenter on a wide range of technical topics at some EDWG meetings.
Vinvicta Products - Thomastown; telephone Steve Jenkinson 1300 360 353. Steve provides a testing service for his wine industry customers.
Artisans Bottega - Wine testing services from Malic & Fructose Detection, Free and Total Sulphur, alcohol %, pH, sugar by gravity and post fermentation taste evaluations. Results will be emailed or replied by mobile. Samples can dropped off at:
106 Peel St, North Melbourne, Telephone (03) 9328 1843
47 Yale Drive, Epping, Telephone: (03) 8405 9020
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