Bottling Blueberry Wine
It was time to bottle the blueberry wine. I ended up racking the blueberry wine five times. Each time I racked the wine I had a bit of a sample. I love the taste of it! I have been checking the wine for a few months now for appealing aroma, color, clarity, and taste. Since my husband and I will be the ones mostly consuming this wine we develop the wine to our taste or liking. I was a bit apprehensive because this is my first time to make blueberry wine, but it has turned out beautifully. I bottled the blueberry wine dry. Dry means that I did not add any sugar before bottling to sweeten the wine.
Bottling wine is not an intimidating task instead it is quite simple. I make sure that my wine bottles are cleaned and sanitized before bottling. The size of bottles I use is 750 ML. I buy wine bottles for about $16 a dozen from a home brewery supply store or I pick up wine bottles free from a local restaurant that I eat at on a monthly basis. Either way new or recycled the bottles have to be cleaned and sanitized.
I set my wine filled carboy on top of the counter. I insert the siphon hose into the carboy and the other end into a wine bottle, and then pump it twice. Then the wine starts flowing. I let the wine fill up to a tiny bit over the neck of the wine bottle. Once all of the wine bottles are filled up I cork the bottle. Then I wipe down the bottles with a clean paper towel that is lightly spritzed with diluted bleach to wipe off any accidental spillage of wine on the bottle.
I store the wine in a fridge. The wine does not have to be stored in a fridge, but currently I have space in my refrigerators. In the next month or two I will be starting to slaughter and butcher. At that time I will need my refrigerators for that project. In the meantime I will make my wine labels and add them to the bottles. I will also add a foil shrink wrap over the cork of the wine. After all of that the wine bottles will be transferred to a hall closet where they will be stored until I get ready to drink them. When I am ready to consume a bottle of wine I will chill it in the refrigerator and serve it chilled.