Coldbreak Brewing HERMS Giveaway!

HomeBrewSupply AMCYL Brew Kettle Giveaway!


Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Wine Making Forum > Longer Wine Kit Fermentation Times
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-06-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
RyGuy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 17
Default Longer Wine Kit Fermentation Times

Hey Guys,

I've started my second wine kit and am about to rack to secondary tomorrow. Since I already have my first kit bottled, I've got a bit of extra patience and was wondering if there was any benefit to leaving the wine on the primary or secondary longer?

Off the top of my head, I think the wine kit directions say 7 days for primary, 14 for secondary and another 14 for degassing. After that, it recommends 3-4 months in the bottle.

Is there any benefit in increasing any of those times?

Also, I was thinking of just letting the wine age in a carboy for 3-4 months instead of in the bottle. Any problems there? (other than tying up a carboy for 3-4 months, but i've got a few spare)

I've got some experience brewing beer, but am pretty new to wine.

Thanks guys!


RyGuy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2012, 09:19 PM   #2
DoctorCAD
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Fayetteville, NC
Posts: 1,184
Liked 67 Times on 62 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

I have a whitepaper detailing a 365 day wine kit timeline. I am going to follow it with my next kit. I don't remember where I got it, but I think it was in Winemaker Magazine (which can be accessed on line).

I am doing a bunch of fruit juice wines right now and will continue making more of those and the 5 gallon concentrate wines during the year of my only 6 gallon carboy sitting full.
DoctorCAD is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2012, 09:21 PM   #3
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: UP of Michigan
Posts: 65,451
Liked 6054 Times on 4314 Posts
Likes Given: 1558

Default

For most kits, bulk aging is fine. That's after secondary and degassing. You can age it in the carboy instead of bottling right away.

The wine shouldn't be kept in primary longer, as the idea is to get it into secondary when fermentation slows or is finished. Degassing is done after fermentation ends and before clearing. So you can't really change those timelines.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Follow me on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
But I'm pretty boring so don't expect much!
https://www.facebook.com/lorena.t.evans
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does wine fermentation look like beer fermentation? EKennett Wine Making Forum 4 05-26-2011 09:18 PM
Wine fermentation vs beer fermentation Tophe Wine Making Forum 4 11-19-2010 07:38 PM
Wine Fermentation? Ras Skipper Wine Making Forum 2 09-18-2010 12:01 PM
wine fermentation problems tterb1 Wine Making Forum 3 04-16-2010 01:35 AM
Longer than normal times between racking EisBerg Wine Making Forum 16 12-29-2008 05:26 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS