Welcome to Winemaking the simple and easy way. You can produce top
quality wines in just four short weeks with little cost and effort
by following our simple step by step instructions.We will guide you
through the process of kit winemaking, even if this is your first
batch. If you have made your own wine before, you will find that
our process varies little from standard winemaking
Please read the instructions carefully before you
Before you begin, the importance of sanitation in the winemaking
process can not be stressed enough. Everything that touches your
wine (all equipment) must be sanitized with a recognized sanitizing
solution. Just as important is thoroughly rinsing off all equipment
after the sanitation procedure. Please use the following
instructions as outlined taking care to measure the specific
gravity. Now, let’s begin!
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
Corker: Used with corks only. This can be rented from a
Additives (included in kit)
Package 1: Bentonite
Package 2A: Sulphite
Package 2B: Potassium Sorbate (may contain 2
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
Do not use or substitute additive packages from other
Product Date Code: (on box label)________________
Primary Fermentation (Specific Gravity
DAY 1 Date______________ SG_________________
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 (20-30°C/68-86°F) to the Primary
Fermenter. Stirring constantly, slowly add Pkg. #1 Bentonite to
water until dispersed.
3. Empty contents of juice/Concentrate Bag into mixture in Primary
4. Rinse Bag with hot water and add to Primary
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 is between 20-25°C/68-77°F. Stir
6. Using the wine thief, fill the test cylinder. Record specific
gravity (S.G.). For a mist wine it should be
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: Some wine kits may contain Oak powder/chips. Within 2 days
the wine will show signs of fermentation (bubbling or foaming). If
this does not happen, call your retailer.
Stabilizing & Clearing (Specific Gravity 0.998 or
DAY 14 (approx.) Date
1. Clean and sanitize Siphon Assembly, Primary bucket or 23L (6 US
Gal) carboy and Long Handled Spoon. Make sure everything is well
rinsed before you begin.
2. Siphon 2L of wine from the carboy and reserve.
3. Continue siphoning remainder of wine into the sterilized primary
bucket or 23L (6 US gal.) carboy. Do not disturb the sediment
(called “lees” in winemaking terms) during this racking. Discard
4. Add Pkg. #2A Sulphite to the wine and stir
5. Add Pkg. #2B Potassium Sorbate (if your kit contains 2 packages
add both) to the wine and stir vigorously.
6. If your wine kit includes finishing blend or sweetening blend,
please refer to label instructions and add now.
7. Important: 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
8. 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 stirring vigorously.
9. Top up with reserved wine to within two inches of the airlock.
Attach bung and airlock.
10. Let wine stand until Day 28 in an elevated cool area
Bottling & Corking
DAY 28 (approx.) Date____________________
NOTE: Only crystal clear wine is suitable for bottling. If wine is
cloudy, wait an additional few days for wine to clear. It is
recommended that you 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. 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, for 2-3 months prior to
Great summer wine,
From Anonymous of Prince George, British Columbia on 3/31/2014.
Great summer wine for hot nights up in Canada. "Serve chilled . Not stirred"
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 . . .
3/5/2012 – Do I have to buy the ingredients necessary to make the wine seperate from the wine base kit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes. Other ingredients required are: acid blend, yeast nutrient, pectic enzyme, campden tablets or bisulfite, potassium sorbate and wine yeast.If you are after an "all-in-one" fruit wine kit, we have those too. See link below.
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!
1/3/2008 – Could these sweet fruit wine kits be bottled in beer bottles with priming sugar to create a sparkling wine cooler?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No. The sweetening/flavoring pack also contain potassium sorbate to prevent re-fermentation of the sugar.
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
10/2/2006 – I would like to give this kit as a Christmas gift. Is there a freshness concern? If so what would be a good time frame to purchase it.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: No, freshness is not a concern. It is shelf-stable at room temperature.
12/29/2005 – How long do these take to make? Do they need to ferment as long as other wines? Do they need to be aged?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They take approximately 30 days before bottling. That is similar to most of our varietal wine kits, and much less than some....much depends on fermentation temperature, of course.Aging is not really necessary with these fruit wine kits. They are really quite good when you bottle them. A little aging doesn't HURT, of course, but most people . . .
9/8/2005 – Fruit wines! wow. Would like to try, but 30 bottles is a lot. If I got the cranberry kit, could I divide by 6 each ingredient and make 1 gallon? I have a 2 gallon glass primary and 1 gallon carboy ready to use, but don't want to make so much. What do you think?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: I don't think 30 bottles IS a lot. Consider what you use, what become gifts, etc. Remember, you don't have to drink it all immediately. With age, it becomes even better.No, I wouldn't divide up the ingredients in that way. With the fruit wine kits, the juice etc comes in a plastic bag that doesn't lend itself to sealing and resealing. . . .
8/9/2005 – I purchased a blackberry merlot and green apple mist kits can you tell me if these are a sweeter wine? On the 1 to 10 scale, 1 being dry, what would these wines be when finished...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, these wines are quite sweet. I would give them na 8
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.
4/12/2005 – I have ordered the 6 gallon kit with the strawberry riesling mist. I read that the fruit wines are lower in alcohol. What is the average alcohol content of the fruit wines? If I want to raise it to the level of your other whites, should I condense the batch down to 5 gallons, or add pounds of sugar? and how many?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: They run approximately 8-9% alcohol when made per the instructions (6 U.S. gallons).You could raise the alcohol level either way (condense to 5 gallons or add additional sugar). If you condense to 5 gallons, that will raise it to about 9.6-10.8% alcohol by volume. If you add sugar at primary fermentation, you would need to add about 2 . . .
3/26/2005 – How many quarts of raspberries are needed for each batch of wine? Can I use my own fruit to supplement our wine kits? Do you have Raspberry recipe you would share? We usually drink a white zin or similar wine and would like to brew this style of wine.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We offer a Raspberry White Zin KIT that you might enjoy. You could use your own fruit to supplement it as well. Down below is a link to that product.For fruit wines, you typically use 3-10 pounds of fruit per gallon of wine. This is just a "ballpark" number of course. You can use more or less for more/less fruit flavor.Here is a recipe:Raspberry . . .
12/30/2004 – I have tasted a "fruit mist" style kit that a friend had made and it is great..we did notice however that the alcohol content was very low. Are all of the fruit kits like that? We are starting this up as a hobby and are curious...
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, typically the fruit wine kits like this are lower in alcohol and meant to be enjoyed as a cooler or "mist" style wine on hot days. There is no reason why you can't make it higher in alcohol, however, if that is your preference. To raise the alcohol level by 1%, add an additional pound of sugar at the start of fermentation. To raise it . . .
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 . . .
1/18/2004 – What actualy comes in the fruit wine kits? It says shipping is 19 lb, is it a full winemaking kit with carboy and all the tools needed? The description of the products just say what type of wine they make and how it will taste, but not exactly what is included in the package. Im particularly interested in the Green Apple wine kit.
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It contains the juice (concentrate), sweetening and flavoring pack, yeast, clarifiers and stabilizers, and complete instructions to make that particular fruit wine, in other words, the ingredients. It does not include the hardware to do make it, like carboys etc.We recommend the Complete Wine Equipment Kit (6 gallon) for these wines. Here . . .
12/5/2003 – What are the basic steps on how to make fruit wines?What are the main ingredients do we need to use?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Fruit wines are tasty, and fun to make. We have several fruit wine kits where most of the work has been done for you, or you can start with available fruit, like plums, berries etc. Obviously doing it this way is more involved, but the two processes are similar once the juice and flavors have been extracted. Making wine from your available . . .
7/4/2003 – -first time wine maker, experienced brewer. Basic questions probably;1-How many wine bottles are need to make one kit?2-Is there a secondary fermentation stage?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: 1- You will need between 25 and 30 standard wine bottles per kit. 25 if you make this into a 5 gallon batch, and 30 if you make it into a 6 gallon batch (as it was designed). 2- Yes, secondary fermentation in a glass carboy is recommended.
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