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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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I’m finally down to the second-last step in making my first batch of wine! Continue reading

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.


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

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Active fermentation

This is what active fermentation looks like:
















When I first put this cover on, it was sagging, which is to be expected. After a few days of sitting, the yeast re-hydrated and started working their magic… converting sugar into alcohol and carbon dioxide.

My equipment kit came with a heavy, food grade plastic cover and an elastic band to cover the primary fermenter. A hard lid is also available for these pails. The only thing you have to do with a hard lid is cut out a hole where you can place a bung and airlock to allow the carbon dioxide to escape. If you don’t there’s a chance the gas might build up inside and pop the lid off. This system is nice because it’s quite cheap and simple. I do think I might buy a hard lid for my next batch though. They’re only a few dollars, and will offer a little more security if a curious feline happens to get too close.

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

Glass, or plastic?

To make wine at home, you need fermenters… a place to keep the grape juice, yeast, and whatever other additives are in the wine kit. There is a primary fermenter, which in the equipment package I have, is a large 30 litre plastic pail. There is also the secondary fermenter, which is also called a carboy. These can be either glass, or plastic. Fundamentally they do the exact same job, but which one should I use??

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