Medium straw in color, with aromas of citrus fruits, honey and
ripe pears. Intensely flavorful, this medium bodied wine from
Germany includes a proprietary Suss-Reserve Pack to sweeten and
enhance the full flavors of this great white wine. A FAVORITE!
winner, 2005 Wine Maker Magazine Amatuer Wine Making Contest!
Winner: Homebrew Heaven's Ralph Bacon!
We welcome you
to the timeless art that is winemaking! With these easy
step-by-step instructions, you can produce top quality wines in a
reasonably short time – and at little cost. If this is your first
batch, rest assured that you will soon be serving wine as
delectable as the vintages you used to buy at the store. It’s as
simple as following the steps that are clearly laid out for you. If
you have made wine before, you will note that our process varies
little from standard winemaking procedures.
Please read the instructions carefully before you
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
Carboy – 23 litre (5 imp gal/6 US gal): Either glass (recommended)
or food-grade plastic.
Airlock & Rubber Bung: One-way valve to seal Carboy at neck.
Airlock must be half-filled with water and attached 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
Wine Thief: To remove wine samples from primary or
30 Wine Bottles: 750 ml.
30 Wine Bottle Closures: Synthetic or high grade corks are
recommended to maintain the integrity of the wine.
Corker: Used with corks only. This can be rented from a
Additives (included in kit)
Package 1: Bentonite Also in Kit:
Package 2A: Sulphite RJ Spagnols wine yeast
Package 2B: Potassium Sorbate (may contain 2 packages) Oak Chips
Package D1: Kieselsol
Package D2: Chitosan
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
Product Date Code: (on box label)____________
Primary Fermentation (Specific Gravity
DAY 1 Date_____________________
1. Clean and sanitize Primary Fermenter, Lid, Wine Thief, Test
Cylinder & Spoon. Make sure everything is well-rinsed before
2. Add 4 litres of warm water to the Primary Fermenter. Stirring
constantly, slowly add Pkg. #1 Bentonite to water until
3. Empty contents of juice/Concentrate Bag into mixture in Primary
4. Rinse Bag with hot water and add to Primary
5. Add coolwater 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 is between 20-25°C/70-80°F. Stir
NOTE: Some wine kits may contain Oak powder/chips.
Oak powder/chips – If your wine kit does, open it and add it now.
Dehydrated fruit – If your wine kit does, rehydrate in hot water
and add mixture to primary fermenter.
Oak chip infusion bag (resembling a tea bag) – If your wine kit
does, soak it submersed in 1 cup of hot water for 10 min. Do not
open infusion bag. Add water and infusion bag to primary
6. Using the wine thief, fill the test cylinder. Record specific
gravity (S.G.). For a table wine it should be 1.074-1.110
(depending on the wine kit).
7. Sprinkle yeast over the surface of the juice. Do not
8. Place cover (or lid with Airlock and Rubber Bung) onto Primary
Fermenter. If Airlock and bung are used fill the Airlock half-full
of water or mild sulphite solution.
9. Place Primary Fermenter in a warm, raised area about 3- 4 feet
high, where it will be undisturbed.
NOTE: Within 2 days the wine will show signs of fermentation
(bubbling or foaming). If this does not happen, call your
NOTE: For makers of Cellar Classic Barolo, Shiraz and Bella Bianco
kits only – Your wine will have a final S.G.between 0.999 and
1.004. This is normal. If within this range proceed to STABILIZING
Stabilizing & Clearing (Specific Gravity 0.998 or
DAY 14 (approx.) Date_____________________
1. Clean and sanitize siphon hose, carboy and mixing
2. Siphon wine into a sanitised 23 litre 5 imp gal/6 US gal) carboy
or primary bucket (optional). Discard sediment in primary
3. Add Pkg. #2A Sulphite to the carboy and stir
4. Add Pkg. #2B Potassium Sorbate (if your kit contains 2 packages
add both) 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. Degas wine vigorously for 5 minutes by stirring with the handle
of a spoon or with a drill mounted stirring device. INSUFFICIENT
STIRRING WILL PREVENT THE WINE FROM CLEARING
7. Add Packet D1 (Kieselsol) to wine and stir for 1 minute. Then
add D2 (Chitosan) and stir well. Important: Do not reverse the
order of Kieselsol and Chitosan. Degass wine for 5 minutes by
8. If in primary bucket, rack back into carboy. Attach bung and
9. Top up to within two inches of the airlock. Attach bung and
10. Let wine stand until Day 42 in an elevated cool area
OPTIONAL: After approximately 10 days 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 42 Date___________________
NOTE: 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 and
Wine Bottles. Make sure everything is well-rinsed before you
2. Siphon the wine into Primary Fermenter. (Filtering
3. If ageing past 6 months we suggest adding an extra 1/4 teaspoon
of sulphite to the Primary Fermenter to prevent premature oxidation
of the wine.
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, for 2-3 months prior to
8/7/2013 – Please tell me all the ingredients I need to make wine. Is there a ready made mix I could use.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Hi Gigi. Glad you found us. Gotta tell you that your question is a little vague. We're here to help, we just need a little more information. It's like someone who asks "all the ingredients to bake a cake, is there a ready made mix".... ? There are many ways to bake a cake, many different types of cake, and ways to go about it.SO, we . . .
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
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 Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
4/11/2007 – With a good beer kit on hand, is all i need to make wine a test kit and a Cellar Classic kit. Or are there other items i should have. Also how much does that make.P.S. Love the web site!!!!
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Our varietal wine kits, like this Cellar Classic kit is really quite complete, as far as ingredients. No test kit is really necessary. It does require some standard equipment, of course, like fermenter, siphon hoses etc. If you are making beer already, you probably have everything that is necessary except for perhaps a corker and some corks. . . .
4/10/2007 – i want to move on to better tasting wine could you send me a great tasting wine recipe maybe a white wine, please be specific i started out just wanting to make wine know im ready to make great tasting wine help me please and any books you prefer.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Without knowing what you have been making, or how, I can only offer this advice...Making great wine is rarely just a matter of find a wine recipe, per se. Many things play into making a great wine. Quality of the ingredients, the skill of the wine maker, the equipment, and lots of other factors. We recommend starting with one of our . . .
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
6/16/2005 – my wife is korean and we are wanting to start making our wine. her mother taught her to just add sugar and let it age.is this one way of making it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Not if you want good wine, no. Why not make GOOD wine? Use one of our varietal wine (ingredient) kits, like those that are offered with this equipment kit, and you will make good wine! We have a large selection, if there is a particular type of wine you enjoy, we probably have it.
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 . . .
12/31/2004 – Do you have any kits smaller than 6 gallons? I am just worried that 6 gallons may be a bit much for the wife and I. i would like to be able to make a variety of wines and not have 30 bottles in the pantry.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No we don't. 30 bottles (6 gallons) may SOUND like a lot of wine, but most people find it easy to use that much, especially when given as gifts etc. Everyone appreciates a good bottle of wine. My cellar certainly was reduced this holiday season!Besides, you can make your wine for much less (per bottle cost), so why not have a little more . . .
12/9/2004 – I am in the last 3 days of my 28 day kit. I have let the wine sit in the carboy for 5 now undisturbed. I noticed that there is the normal sediment on the bottom, but also a collection on the sides of the carboy, mostly on the collective ridges in the 5 gal. is this just sediment or is it a bacteria? towards the bottom it appears to be . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It is just sediment. Just let it accumulate...no problem at all. By the way, 28 days is just a "rough" guide. I routinely let mine sit at least an extra week or three for just this reason (sediment fall-out). There is no harm in this, and in fact it will make your wine clearer. I know it's hard to wait, but you will be rewarded later.
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 . . .
6/19/2004 – Is it necesary to purchase a filter for these wines after being made? What happens if I do not filter it?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. The wine will be very clear even without filtering. There are additives (included) that clear it very nicely. A few people choose to filter, but it is not necessary.
3/4/2004 – OK, now what? If I buy the complete kit what else do I need to start making great wine? I don't want to wait to get the kit and have to read the book and then find I have to order other things and then have to wait. Tell me all the things I should order now so when it all comes I can pick up your book and read and make. . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Complete Wine Equipment Kit (6 Gallon) is really quite complete...just select a type of wine (ingredients) that you like to go with it (from Varietal Wine Kits, either red or white as you prefer). Yes, there is a book included, but many people just charge ahead using the instruction sheet supplied with the ingredients. They are really . . .
1/6/2004 – how much wine does the kit make?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It makes 6 U.S. gallons, or about 30 standard bottles of wine.
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!
12/8/2003 – If I purchase a winemaking kit, does that include bottles and everything that I would need? If not, what else do I need to purchase. This would be a gift.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: The Wine Making Equipment Kits contain all the hardware necessary (fermenters, corker, siphon equipment, test equipment etc) except for wine bottles. Often, people save and re-use the bottles, and they won't be needed for about 30 days in any case. We sell them if you need them.The ingredients, like the varietal wine kits, contain all . . .
11/1/2003 – I am interested in getting my boyfriend a wine-making kit for Christmas. Can you tell me exactly what I would need to purchase in the way of wine kits and equipment kits? I am unclear as to exactly what he would need to get started. I am interested in the 6 gallon size.Thank you-Stacy
Response From Homebrew Heaven: This is pretty much it! It contains the necessary hardware.You may want to consider getting a Varietal Wine Kit (the ingredients) as well, so he can get started right away.About the only thing we don't include in the Equipment Kit is bottles. We have them, but they are easy to obtain by saving your empties, or by other means (locally). . . .
11/1/2003 – i want to make wine but don't know the first thing about how. i looked at your wine making kits and don't see any boiling apparatus. isn't wine making similar to beer making where a wort is boiled to eliminate contamination. my basic question is, along with the kit you advertise, what else do i need?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Wine is different from beer in that it does NOT need to be boiled. Wine develops sufficient alcohol to protect it from bacteria. Also, boiling would prevent it from clearing properly.To answer your question, about the only other thing you need is the ingredients (a Varietal Wine Kit is a good way to go!) and some bottles. Bottles are easily . . .
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. 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, 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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