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.
 

 

Comments

  1. I’m glad that you find the process of bottling wines quite easy and less intimidating. Some wine makers find the process difficult, but it seems that you are quite used to it! But I think the thought of seeing the finished product is enough motivation to finish it in a breeze!

    [Rob Feckler]

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  2. The important thing to remember is to make the wine to your taste. If you like it, you will drink it. Also what makes me feel less intimidated is that I have been visiting a lot of wineries around Texas. I ask questions when I visit and I go through the wine tours of the wine making process. I have really been enjoying the Texas Wine Trails. It is a fun way to spend the day and I get to learn a lot.

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