You use to go to the store to purchase it. You’ve decided to take the plunge. You bought your equipment, secured the necessary ingredients, and developed the skills. You’ve followed the instructions carefully and made your first bottles of wine. Now, it’s time to store it. What do you do? What are the considerations you would take for storing homemade wine?
You’re going to hear people tell you that wine has to be aged to reach its full potential. The truth is, when you’re wine is stored under the right conditions; it will be good for about three months unless it is designed for aging. Otherwise, it will probably deteriorate after the three-month period.
If you’re serious about aging at your wine, you want to consider a few things. First is going to take some time. If you are impatient or careless, this is something you don’t want to do.
Aging wine takes special skills. Instead of bottling it right away after it is made, you transfer it to the aging vessel, which leaves the yeast and sentiment behind. It is then that several processes begin. The first process is clarification. The wine is left at a constant temperature without being moved. This causes the win to clear.
Oxidation, which is prevented by some dissolved and expelled, dioxide, can happen when your aging wine. This process causes a loss of color of the flatness of taste and aroma. The use of sulfur dioxide as an anti oxidant can correct this condition.
The next process is refinement. New wines smell and taste fruity. Wines that were stored for a period of time, begin to lose this condition. The smells and tastes blend with organic acids, esters, and aldehydes, to form more subtle complex combinations. This can lead to what some refer to as bouquet.
The final process is softening. Most of fruit fermented wines have lots of tannin. Tannins come from the skin and pips during the pulps stage. They can make the wine harsh and undrinkable. They’re needed during the aging process because they retard oxidation. Eventually, the content reduces and the wine softens. In the commercial industry, this is the time when the winemaker releases it to go to the market.
If you’re going to store your wine, please keep all these things in mind. Unless you’re serious about storing it for long periods, three months is just about right. You can enjoy the taste of to your wine. You will not lose its flavor and you can drink it so that you make it.
Winemaking can be fun. You pick your wish from the ingredients chosen, and you can enjoy it right away. You’ll have the satisfaction of making your own beverage and reduce the cost of using it. If you’re going to store it, and you don’t really have the skills, to want to keep it the longer than three months. Otherwise, it will start to deteriorate, and it will not be the product you originally made.