Making wine in itself is not a very complex procedure. There are many enthusiasts involved in winemaking. Some might be making wine as a hobby while some might be doing it as a first step to determine whether they are a good fit for making wine commercially. Some spent all of their time making the wine, while some might be indulging in the act passively and may not be excess passionate about the process of winemaking.
Whether you are a part time hobbyist of a full time indulgent winemaker or even a commercial producer of wine, you won’t be consuming the whole wine produced on the same day as the wine is ready. You will have to preserve the wine for consumption on a future date. The most common way to store wine is by using the bottle. If you have noticed invariably dark colored bottles are used to store wine. The reason for that is because of how fast wine can go bad if not stored properly.
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As mentioned earlier generally dark bottles are chosen to store wine to block sunlight as much as possible. But it is not a strict hard and fast rule. In fact, any kind of bottle can be used to store wine. There are some prescriptions followed as a thumb rule in the world of wine. There is no compulsion to adhere to these as long as the combination of bottle, cork and storage place can stave off warmth, sunlight, and air.
In general, different kinds of wine is bottled in different colored bottles. As mentioned earlier it is not a cardinal rule one has to adhere to. It is mostly used to differentiate between the types of wine in the bottle. Red wine is bottled in brown or green bottles and white wines or rose wine is kept in green or transparent bottles.
The bottles need to be sterilized before bottling. It need not be sterilized with industrial standards in mind. The chemical properties of the wine itself will kill the bacteria or germs in the bottle if there is any. Standard sterilization techniques can be used for a bottle to be used to fill wine. Lightweight and easy to handle bottles are preferred to bottle wine.
Have a bottle that you’re looking to re-use? Check out “How to Remove Wine Bottle Labels with Ease” for tips on removing labels from your empty wine bottles.
Corks keep the wine away from the outside atmosphere. Humidity and oxygen cause higher rates of disintegration of wine. Corks prevent that from happening.
Corks are recommended to seal the opening of the bottle. Screw caps also can be used if you are a hobbyist and do not intend to keep wine for longer periods. Traditional corks are best for the purpose. But it may be on the expensive side. Synthetic alternatives are also available which does the job as well as traditional corks. Take a look at how you can make your own cork for your bottles in “Find Out What It Takes To Make a Cork“.
Corks from previously used wine bottles can also be used. It might be difficult to push used cork inside the bottle. As the easy method is to use the flip side of the cork to close.
Be sure to also check out “Corks vs Screw Caps: What’s the Difference?” to see the differences between different types of sealing your wine bottles.
How to Bottle Wine?
Choose the bottle in which wine is to be poured. As mentioned earlier, dark-colored bottles are preferred to store wine. The chosen bottles must be cleaned and sterilized. No water must be present in the bottle as humidity is also one of the major reasons for the wine to go bad.
Use a very small amount of wine and rinse the bottle and throw away the small amount. This step is done to remove any residue or particles remaining on the inner walls of the bottle before pouring in the wine. When this is done all the contaminants in the bottle that might be remaining after cleaning and sterilization will be rinsed out by the wine and the inner walls of the bottle will be in an immaculate condition for the wine to be bottled.
If there are multiple bottles to be filled in one go, the same small amount of wine can be used to rinse all the bottles. After rinsing the first bottle pour it into the second bottle, then third bottle and the next bottles. The wine used to rinse the bottles should never be stored along with the rest of the wine. The wine used to rinse the bottle should not be used to drink also. It should be thrown away. Not to be used in any manner.
Tips & Tricks
Now the bottle is ready for the wine. Pour the wine into the bottle by siphoning. This is the best method to fill the bottle. Another advantage of filling the bottle by siphoning is that any residue of the wine preparation process won’t be transferred into the bottle. Take care not to fill the bottles to the brim. Some space needs to be left inside the bottle so that there is space for the wine to breathe once the bottle is opened.
Cork the bottle. The bottle must be corked as soon as possible to prevent the oxidation of the wine. Make sure the corks are in place and the hermetic seal is achieved using the cork. Suction pumps are available in the market which can be used to pump out the air inside the bottle. This is not a necessary part. Nitrogen capsules and/ or sulfur dioxide can be used to fill the space in the bottle. These are inert gases and prevent any chemical activity of wine.
Store the wine in an appropriate place.
It is simple to bottle wine. Use a clean and sterilized bottle, use appropriate corks and store it in a cool & dark place. With the use of proper bottling and appropriate storage place, the wine can last a long time. Thank you for reading! Be sure to also take a look at “How To Make Wine At Home” for a full guide to making your own wine at your house. How hard can it be? Find out!
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