Ageing Homemade Wine

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The lifetime of the wine depends on the classification of the kit. All kit wines as well as wines made from fresh fruit will benefit from proper aging. The wine must be allowed to mature at its own pace. Though drinkable shortly after bottling, you will taste each component of the wine individually. Tannin, acids, sugars and other flavor and aroma compounds will not have had enough time to meld together. In time, the wines own unique flavor will emerge.

Kits comprised of highly concentrated juice will mature faster than less processed kits. Take this fact into consideration when selecting wine.

Store your wine in an area of constant temperature. Fifty-five degrees is perfect for red wines, slightly cooler for whites. A constant temperature is required to prevent unseating the corks. If the temperature is too high, the expansion of the wine as it warms may push the cork out of the bottle. Lay the bottles on their sides to keep the corks wet and do not disturb the bottles. When ageing a batch for years, it may be necessary to replace the corks after 36 months or when they show signs of deterioration.

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