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Making Wine From A Kit
wine making kit

There are so many varieties Wine Kits for you to try. They will make your first home wine making experience enjoyable, simple, easy and successful!

Using a kit will help you learn the basic skills and techniques with results that will encourage you to try some of the traditional country wine recipes. 

The great thing about a wine kit is that you don't have to worry that you will be missing something - it will all be there!


The method is described in the following 9 easy steps:

  1. Make sure that you have all of the proper wine making equipment and supplies available before you start. See my wine making equipment page for details of the equipment that you will need, a description of what it is and how it is used. roughly. Your equipment must not only be visually clean but also chemically clean to prevent airborne yeasts and bacteria from spoiling your wine. Disolve 2 Campden Tablets and a saltspoon of Citric Acid in one pint of water. Keep it in a tightly sealed bottle and it can be used many times. A small quantity can be used to sterilise many jars by rinsing it around and hen pouring it from one jar to another – all parts must be moistened by the solution.
  2. Open your kit - it will have all of the necessary materials needed to make your wine – and lay out the contents so you can easily access them.
  3. Pour the juice from either the bag or can into your fermenting bucket. Add the recommended water (see kit instructions) as well as any other flavourings that were included with your kit.
  4. Now add your yeast and stir it in.
  5. Place the lid on the bucket and leave for 6 days in a place of steady temperature between 18 and 24 degrees C. The liquid will start bubbling, releasing harmless carbon dioxide gas, as the yeast converts the sugar to alcohol. This technical term for this stage of the wine making process is Primary Fermentation.
  6. After 6 days siphon off the wine into your demijohn and attach your airlock to prevent air coming into contact with the wine. (Remember to sterilise your demijohn, siphon and airlock first!) This stage is called Secondary Fermentation.
  7. After about 2 to 3 weeks, when the airlock bubbling stops, add stabilizing and fining agents as described in the kit instructions.
  8. Leave for another week and rack the wine to another demijohn.
  9. When the wine is clear (2 to 3 weeks) you can bottle your wine

The above instructions are a general guide that will vary depending on the type of wine you are making as well as the company that you are buy the wine making kits from.




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