Boeing Employees Wine and Beer Club
Vintage Plan

We’re less than a month away from the beginning of the 2015 vintage and with the grapes ripening at an accelerating rate it iis time to seriously assess your plans, equipment, and supplies.

Plan. Map out a plan that organizes the grapes you’ve ordered and from this estimate the equipment (primaries, carboys, hoses, etc) and supplies you’ll need. Prepare your 2015 Vintage binder and print out new fermentation logs

Equipment. Check all of your equipment to be sure you have enough for the volume of grapes ordered. Make sure it is absolutely clean of debris contaminants and then give it a thorough sanitization. (See the sanitation presentation in member’s only Winemaking Info drop-down tab

If you have a pH meter order fresh buffer solutions, replaced the batteries, and make sure the meter functions properly.

Supplies. Make a list of what expendables you will require to be successful this vintage and purchase these now. You’ll save yourself a lot of running around, frustration and stress having all you need in hand at the time of harvest.

The list should include – but not limited to -- the following:

  • Yeast culture (estimate at least 10 grams/100# of grapes)

  • Yeast nutrient (i.e., Go-Ferm, Fermaid-K, DAP

  • ML Bacteria

  • Sulfite

  • Sanitizing solution (Star-San, Triple San, or equivalent)

  • Tartaric acid

  • Enzymes if you use them

  • Oak alternatives if you use them


Grapes. If you haven’t ordered grapes by now you may be too late for some vineyards. Contact the grape focal and get your order in this week!


Stay Tuned! Within the next few weeks, I will be postings additional important information about preparing for the new vintage including information on adjusting high Brix musts and calculating nutrient additions. These will be in the members only “Winemaking Info” drop-down tab.

And let me know if you have any questions.

Steve Foisie


2015 Beginners Winemaking Class - Aug 29 & Sept 12

Learn to make red wine from quality grapes. 

In cooperation with Larry’s Brewing Supply, The

Boeing Employees Wine and Beer Makers Club,

(BEWBC) is once again offering an introductory

class on the processes for making quality red wine.

This is a two day class focused specifically on red wine making from grapes. The class meets 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, Aug 29th and Sept 12th. There is also a post-fermentation follow-up class one month later in which we assess your wines. Date to be determined.

Students have the opportunity to purchase quality WA grapes and proceed through the winemaking process in parallel with others in the class. The instructor will personally take you through the crushing and fermentation process and help you with post fermentation and pre-bottling decisions.

Admission for the class is $35 person. Cost of grapes is not included in the class tuition. Space is limited so act promptly to reserve your spot.

For more information or to register for the class contact Steve Foisie This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

Alumni are welcome to audit the class.



Website Calendar Experiencing Technical Difficulties

The club website is currently having problems with the calendar and will continue to do so until it is upgraded (work is in progress).  In the meantime, remember that every third Friday is a joint beer meeting with the Impaling Alers homebrew club at Larry's Brewing Supply.  Wine meetings will be posted on the website and we will make an effort to contact registered members about the event.  As a reminder, don't forget to renew your membership for 2015!



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