I thought wine was hard to make, but it is quite easy to do and well worth the effort. Thanks for all the help and advise on your website. The biggest ingredient is patience!
No problem.. glad it was a success.
Hi John we have just made our first batch last Autumn and bottled it tonight. The colour and clarity is something like a scrumy Jack, it's semi clear and a goldenish colour to it. I'm assuming it will clear as we leave it stored, would that be right? We're hoping it will be clear by the summer months. Also we are going to store it in a cool dark place would that be right. Had a wee sip and it tastes not too bad!! Thanks Maxine
Hi... Yes, the apple wine sounds as though it's going perfectly. Storing in a cool dark place should see it clear over the next few months. Happy summer daze on the way! Thanks, John
Hi John have just decanted plum wine into demijohns after 11 days in the fermenting bin I know I should have done it sooner! there is no activity smells alcoholic and yeasty but tastes sour ?what do you think Mary ps first time I have tried this
Sounds like bacteria has got into the liquid and is turning it into vinegar. This is always a risk before you decant into demijohns, while the wine is on contact with the air. Keeping the lid on the fermentation barrel helps avoid this, but I fear the extra days before decanting increased the chances of bacteria getting in. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, M. You will have no option but to start afresh. Regards, John
Hi John have made this apple wine and it looks fab and tastes pretty good. If there is sediment a little bit in bottles right at the bottom is this usual? as I had a look at the bottled cider from West Country in Marks and Sparks and that too had sediment in the bottom so thought maybe it is ok? I ran out of space in demi john so put rest of my apple wine in a wine bottle and it has cleared but has a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle . Happy Noo Year. Regards Janice Also do you recommend corked bottles or screw caps ?
Hi Janice... Yes, it's absolutely normal to have a small amount of sediment at the bottom of the wine bottle. That's why you should store home brew wine bottles on their side in the final stages, so the bottle is in the right position for pouring and sediment is left in the dip inside the neck of the bottle.Screw caps are easier to fit and undo.Happy New Year to you too Janice... happy daze! Regards, John