Storing and Bottling Your Homemade Wine
If you are looking for the best way to bottle and store your homemade wine, you'll want to take some basic steps in order to be successful. In this part of the winemaking process, you will need a cool environment where you can store your wines in order to offset the oxidation effects on your creations. In addition, you'll want to find a place which is completely out of the path of direct sunlight; hence, the whole wine cellar concept in making, storing and aging of wine.
Commercial Wineries Have Larger Wine Cellars
If you look at commercial wineries, you'll also see that this winemaking process is followed. Most wineries will often store their win in darkened cellars which reduces the oxygen produced so that the bottled wine's taste isn't altered.
The Ideal Temperature for Your Wine Cellar or Storage Area
While you don't want to get too caught up on the small temperature variations when it comes to storing your wine, most professional, winemakers set the ideal temperature for storing wine around 55 degrees F. While this is the ideal temperature, it is by no means arbitrary. If your basement or wine cellar is a few degrees above or below that, there will be only a minute change in the taste. So, don't sweat it.
Fluctuating Temperatures Can Spell Disaster If You're Not Careful
Temperature fluctuations are a different story. If your cool place is set at 57 degrees, it should remain at that temperature and not rise and fall over time. The room should always stay below 65 degrees for the best result, but going up to 65 degrees then down to 50 degrees will have a detrimental effect on the winemaking process.
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