Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Cellar Craft & WinExpert Wine Kits - Rule 6

Cellar Craft Italian Reserva Pinot GrigioToday's rule deals with temperature and more specifically the range of acceptable temperatures and also the maintenance of a consistent temperature.

Wine ingredient kits have a suggested temperature range (usually somewhere in the mid-60 to somewhere in the mid-70 degrees Fahrenheit). This can vary be manufacturer, type of wine being fermented and type of yeast used in the kit.

Wineries use a much wider temperature range when making wines (sometimes down into the 40 degree range) because they have a much longer period of time to bring their wine to the table.

Commercial wine kits are trying to bring you an excellent product in the minimum amount of time and the narrow temperature range used is a balance between rapid yeast growth and flavor development.

Yeast does not like temperatures too low nor too high and maybe more importantly, yeast does not like temperature fluctuation. Low temperatures in the location that the home winemaking is being done will result in very slow fermentation and potentially a wine that will not clear.

Yeast subjected to wide temperature fluctuations may result in a stuck fermentation.

BlueStem Winery would be happy to have you as a winemaking (or home brewing) customer! We offer a full line of winemaking ingredients and equipment as well as a full line of homebrewing supplies on our website. We offer courteous service, prompt delivery and are always willing to visit with you about your winemaking, brewing or any problems you might be having. We have delivered to every state, every Canadian province and anywhere from Peru to Pakistan!

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