Category: Tips & Tricks


If you’re at all familiar with home wine making, one of the final steps is degassing the wine. It can also be the most labour intensive steps in the whole process from kit-to-bottle.

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Well, it’s been a while since I started the whole process of turning concentrated grape juice into wine…. but it’s finally done. I called up a friend, a fellow oenophile, to help out with the process. She was more than happy to help out, especially since I offered her a bottle of wine as payment.

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After waiting the required 5-7 days, it was time to test the specific gravity to see if the wine was ready to see if it was time to move on to step 2 in the process.

I prepared the equipment needed for this step. Again, cleaning and sanitizing anything that comes in contact with the wine is essential.

Equipment:

  • Secondary fermenter (carboy)
  • Siphon rod and hose
  • Wine thief
  • Hydrometer
  • Airlock & bung

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I’ve been putting off starting my first wine kit for a little while now. Not because I haven’t been interested in it, just because I, admittedly, have been a little lazy when it came to tidying up a spot in the basement to get my wine started. My wife and I got together and started doing some killer spring cleaning a few weeks ago. We moved stuff around, moved a shelf, threw things away, and finally… my space is ready. Continue reading

It’s been a while since my last post. I’ll try to post a little more regularly, but with both home and work things occupying much of my time, I don’t know how often I’ll be able to update.

Most commercial wine kits available are designed to produce 30 bottles of wine, using a standard 750ml bottle size. That works out to 23 litres. The kits come with varying amounts of juice concentrate. Some even come with 23 litres of unconcentrated juice. You will have to add enough water to the concentrate to make 23 litres when you begin your primary fermentation.

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