Primary Fermenter: Food-grade plastic container ( 27-46 litre) with
cover. Fermenter should be well-marked at the 23 litre (5 imp gal/6
US gal) level. To do this, fill Carboy with water, pour into
Fermenter,mark water level on outside of Fermenter.
Carboy – 23 litre (5 imp gal/6
US gal): Either glass (recommended) or food-grade
Airlock & Rubber Bung: One-way valve to seal Carboy at
neck. Airlock must be half-filled with water andattached to Carboy
when it is filled with wine.
Siphon Assembly: 4 feet of food-grade plastic tubing attached to a
rigid acrylic rod.
Hydrometer & Test Cylinder: Measures specific gravity to
monitor fermentation & sugar levels.
Spoon: Food-grade plastic, approximately 28in./70cm.
Package of Cleaner, Package of Sulphite
Measuring Cup: 2 cup/500 ml.Floating Thermometer: Tracks
fermentation temperature.Wine Thief: To remove wine samples from
primary or carboy.30 Wine Bottles: 750 ml.30 Wine Bottle Closures:
High grade corks are recommended to maintain the integrity of the
wine. Corker: Used with corks only. Bottle-filling
Additives (included in kit):
Package 1: Bentonite Also in Kit:Package 2A: Sulphite RJ Spagnols
wine yeastPackage 2B: Potassium Sorbate (may contain 2 packages)
Oak Chip Infusion Bag (optional)Package 3: Isinglass
NOTE: Your kit may include any of the following: oak infusion bag,
oak powder, sweetening blend, finishing blend,dehydrated fruit or
Süss Reserve. Do not use or substitute additive packages from other
DAY 1 Clean and sanitize Primary Fermenter, Lid, Hydrometer, Test
Cylinder & Spoon. Makesure everything is well-rinsed before you
2. Add 4 litres of warm water to the Primary Fermenter. Stirring
constantly, slowly add Pkg. #1Bentonite to water until dispersed.3.
Empty contents of juice/Concentrate Bag into mixture in Primary
Fermenter.4. Rinse Bag with hot water and add to Primary
Fermenter.5. Add cool water to Primary Fermenter up to the 23 litre
(5 imp gal/6 US gal)mark. Check to make sure the water temperature
in Primary Fermenter isbetween 20-25°C/70-80°F. Stir
vigorously.NOTE: Some wine kits include the following:Oak powder –
If your wine kit does, open it and add it now. Stir
vigorously.Dehydrated fruit – If your wine kit does, rehydrate in
hot water and add mixture toprimary fermenter. Stir
Oak chip infusion bag (resembling a tea bag) – If your wine kit
does, soak itsubmersed in 1 cup of hot water for 10 min. Do not
open infusion bag. Add water
and infusion bag to primary fermenter.
6. Using the wine thief, fill the test cylinder. Record specific
gravity (S.G.). For a table wine it should be1.074-1.090 (depending
on the wine kit).7. Sprinkle yeast over the surface of the juice.
Do not stir.8. Place cover (or lid with Airlock and Rubber Bung)
onto Primary Fermenter. If Airlock andbung are used fill the
Airlock half-full of water or mild sulphite
9. Place Primary Fermenter in a warm, raised area about 3- 4 feet
high, where it will be undisturbed. Oncethe specific gravity has
reached 1.010 at 20-24°C/68-75°F (approximately 6-10 days) proceed
to the next step.
NOTE: Within 2 days the wine will show signs of fermentation
(bubbling or foaming). If this does not happen,call your
Secondary Fermentation (Specific Gravity 1.010)
DAY 6-10 (approx.) Clean and sanitize Siphon Assembly and Carboy.
Make sure everything is well-rinsedbefore you begin.
2. Siphon wine from Primary Fermenter into Carboy leaving sediment
behind. Discard sediment.
NOTE: If Carboy is not completely full, boil some water, let cool,
then top up theCarboy to within 2" of the bottom of the Airlock.
This prevents spoilage of the wine which large quantities of air
3. Place Airlock and Rubber Bung back onto Carboy and let
situndisturbed for 5-10 days until specific gravity is 0.998 or
lower at 20-24°C/70-75°F.
Stabilizing & Clearing (Specific Gravity 0.998 or lower)DAY
14-19 (approx.) 1. Clean and sanitize Measuring Cup and Spoon. Make
sure everything iswell-rinsed before you begin.
2. Draw 2 cups of wine from Carboy and reserve.3. Add Pkg. #2A
Sulphite to the carboy and stir vigorously.4. Add Pkg. #2B
Potassium Sorbate (if your kit contains 2 packages addboth) to the
carboy and stir vigorously.5. If your wine kit includes finishing
blend or sweetening blend, please refer to label
instructions and add now.
6. Add Pkg. #3 Isinglass to 1/4 cup of cold water(10-15°C /50-60°F)
and allow to rehydrate for 5 minutes.
7. Add Isinglass to carboy, rinse cup with reserved wine and add to
8. Top up carboy to within 2 inches of the bottom of the airlock
with reserved wine.9. Stir wine vigorously in carboy twice daily
for the next 3 days to remove asmuch carbon dioxide gas as
possible. Remember to replace Airlock & Rubber Bung after each
stirring. 10. Let wine stand until day 28 in an elevated place
(table or counter top). This allows the wine to clear. OPTIONAL:
After approximately one week optional racking may be done. Simply
rack the wine into a fresh,clean sanitized carboy, top up if
necessary and discard the sediment.
Bottling & Corking
DAY 28 (approx.) Only crystal clear wine is suitable for bottling.
If wine is cloudy, wait an additional few days for wine to clear.
At this point you may wish to filter (polish) your wine prior to
1. Clean and sanitize the Primary Fermenter, Siphon Assembly, Wine
Bottles and the Spoon. Make sure everything is well-rinsed before
you begin. 2. Siphon the wine into Primary Fermenter. (Filtering
optional)3. Siphon the wine into Wine Bottles, leaving an inch from
estimated bottom of inserted Cork.4. Insert Corks using proper
corking machine.5. Keep Wine Bottles upright for 1 day. Then age
Wine Bottles on their sides to keep Corks moist.
6. Keep your wine in a temperature-controlled environment (less
than 16°C /60°F) out of direct light, for2-3 months prior to
5/17/2010 -- what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order is (800) 850-2739
5/2/2008 -- I've brewed four of your beer kits with great success, thank you. I live in New York City, and with summer approaching I’m sure the temperatures will be well above 75. Is there a something, perhaps wine, that will ferment properly at higher temperatures? I’m predicting between 80 and 85 degrees. I’ve heard Mead might, but the one Mead . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes! Red wines and meads, especially, are fermented warm. Cabernets, Merlots, Pinot Noirs etc etc work out nicely. Meads too!Don't let the fact that your first (and only?) taste of mead was too sweet for your tastes. Mead can be made dry as well. With our Nectar of the Gods Mead Kit you actually sweeten to taste (if you like) AFTER fermentation. . . .
1/26/2008 -- I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9109 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Here is a video of our shop: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1a5fKvv8XIHeck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will . . .
4/9/2005 -- Had a question about bottle aging--the kit (Chianti)says the wine is drinkable after 60 days but a friend of mine who makes wine from fresh grapes thought it would need a year or so to be appropriately aged. What do you think? Is there a difference between the kits and grape pressing in terms of bottle aging the wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our varietal kits do not require such long aging times. Often wine made from fresh grapes does, because of the additional tannins from stems, seeds etc. Varietal wine kits willl improve with age, but do not require it to be darn good!
1/21/2005 -- First, you guys are great and your website is one of the most functional I've dealt with. This winemaking business is good for the soul but now, some of my finnicky friends want organic wine. Do you have access to organic kits or packs so I don't have to wait for the local fruit season to roll around? I can't tell from the info on your . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Thanks for your kind words. We work hard on our website.To answer your question, much depends on what you call "organic". To some, it means the fruit grown was without chemical fertilizers (unlikely), or sprays (again, unlikely) in the commercial wine grape growing world. Most people are more concerned about the level of sulfites added . . .
12/28/2004 -- I bought the Cru Select Limited Eddition kits from you. I am getting ready to move to the stablizing and clearing stage but there is no mention of racking the wine between the secondary and stablizing steps. My question is do you still rack the wine between steps with this kit or just move to the next step like the directions tell you to do. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Racking at that stage is optional. I guess I would recommend it if you have a spare carboy, but if not, I would just go ahead with it as written. You may get a LITTLE clearer wine by racking again, but I doubt is you will see much difference.For a medium bodied red, I would go with one either the Cellar Classic Chianti, The Cellar Classic . . .
12/20/2004 -- I was wondering if it is possible to read the kit directions online before purchasing the kit? The kit I have in mind is the "Vino del Vida Pinot Noir". It would be nice if you had the instructions linked to the kit page.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That IS a good idea.Here are the instructions for that kit, from the manufacturers website.http://www.rjspagnols.com/pdf/kit_instructions/generic%204%20week.pdfFor the Cellar Classic, Cru Select and En Primeur lines, there is a video available. The principles are the same for all our varietal wine kits. Here is a link to that site:http: . . .
11/4/2004 -- I'm going to purchase a wine starter kit and a Cellar Classics kit for my sister's wedding gift. She won't be starting it until the middle of January. Will the kit(Cellar Classics - Cabernet / Syrah / Zinfandel) last that long in the box, or should I wait until a couple weeks before to purchase it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it will last that long. It is considered shelf stable for at least 6 months.
8/5/2004 -- How much does the Cellar Classic Cabernet kit make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: All of our varietal wine kits make 6 U.S. Gallons, or about 30 standard wine bottles.
6/21/2004 -- I am getting married in December and my fiance' and i thought homemade wine would make great favors. I have never made wine before but would like to crush my own grapes if at all possible. Is it advisable for a first time wine maker to use fresh juice instead of concentrate and if so is 6 months enough time to brew 12 gallons of wine?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Congratulations! I've heard of homemade wine used in this way, and it worked out well. Using your own grapes takes more equipment and more time to make, so for this batch I would recommend making it from a varietal kit. It assures that you have a great wine, and gets you started in the right way. Later on, if you like, you can step up . . .
1/6/2004 -- how much wine does the kit make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It makes 6 U.S. gallons, or about 30 bottles of wine. It CAN be made into a 5 gallon (25 bottle) batch if your equipment is limited to 5 gallons. Going this way, your wine will have a higher alcohol content, and more body than if made as intended.
1/6/2004 -- I have the equipment, so does the kit do it, or do i need the kit and other ingredients? And do the kits come with directions?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: If you have the equipment, this is all you need (and a little water). This kit comes with the juice, concentrate, yeast, clarifiers, etc. Yes, all of our kits come with complete instructions.Enjoy!
9/24/2003 -- How will I know which equipment to purchase and can I do it now when ordering my wine kits?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: For these kits, like the Cellar Classic series, we recommend the 6 Gallon Complete Wine Equipment Kit. It is shown in the category above in the "Winemaking Equipment Kits" category. http://www.nexternal.com/hombre/?Target=products.asp&CategoryID=50 Just add what you need to your "shopping cart" and proceed to checkout. Very easy.
9/24/2003 -- What is the lifespan of the wine made from these kits?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: That depends on how fast you drink it! Just kidding...Using good technioques (clean, sanitized bottles, stabilizers that come in the kit, etc) and reasonable storage conditions, the wine can be expected to last for at least a year, and five years is not unreasonable. Probably much more, but we use it faster than that!
9/17/2003 -- How much wine do each of the wine kits make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Each of the kits, regardless of brand name, are designed to make 6 gallons (30 botttles) of great wine. The only exceptions are the Ice Wine, and Port style kits, which make 3 gallons.
8/11/2003 -- Do these wine kits include all additives, bottle corks, etc or will these have to be bought seperately?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The varietal wine kits, like the Cellar Classic, Ancient Vines, Vido del Vida lines etc contain all the ingredients i.e. juice yeast and additives (except water!) necessary to make wine. They do NOT include corks or any equipment.
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