Bottling my First Kit Question

Winemaking Talk - Winemaking Forum

Help Support Winemaking Talk - Winemaking Forum:

Vinman

Junior
Joined
Nov 21, 2009
Messages
16
Reaction score
0
I'm scheduled to bottle my first kit (Vintners Reserve Cab) on Jan 4th and i'm wondering how long i should keep the newly filled bottles upright.

The instructions say 3 days, but I was told at the local wine making store that they should stand for a couple of months.

Based upon the vast experience of our users here, what's the right option?
 

Runningwolf

Super Moderator
WMT Lifetime Supporter
Joined
Mar 1, 2009
Messages
20,304
Reaction score
2,207
Vinman, I don't ever keep mine up more than three days unless if I am away and can't shelve them. If you're using a synthetic cork you can put them away almost immediately, but I still wait a few days.
 

Wade E

Premium
Joined
Jul 3, 2006
Messages
33,224
Reaction score
277
I have never heard of anything more then 3 days and a few months is ridiculous. I think he was thinking of how long it should be before you open 1 of those bottles. Synethetics corks do not have to be layed down as they will not dry up due to their make up. I myself use 3 days.
 

fuzzmeister

Senior Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2009
Messages
117
Reaction score
6
Vinman
I have made kits from Vineco, RJ Spagnols, and Wine Expert, and they all vary in the instructions as to how long to leave the bottles upright vineco states 1 to 2 days, rj spagnols states 1 day, and wine expert states 3 days, I have turned them over on there side in 1 day, and have not had any problems, but if you have time to let them stand for 2 to 3 days I would do that just to be safe.
 

Tom

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2006
Messages
11,356
Reaction score
99
3 months? No way.
Once mine are corked I keep them upright 24 hours. Then I turn them upside down in the case and bring them down to the rest of my full cases (100+) in my wine cellar.
 

vvolf34

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 2, 2009
Messages
200
Reaction score
0
Tom,

You are a brewing mad man, you have 100+ cases and still brewing away??
 

Tom

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2006
Messages
11,356
Reaction score
99
Tom,

You are a brewing mad man, you have 100+ cases and still brewing away??
YEP!,
Think about it. "We" drink about 3 botles a day PLUS what I bring to my monthly wine club meeting. I also "donate" for local charities. Adds up quick. BTW I have at least 450 on my wine racks..
OBSESSED?
I am long past that.
 

Green Mountains

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2009
Messages
879
Reaction score
2
Tom,

Do you leave them upside down until you drink them? I suppose that makes as much sense as on there side.

Darren
 

Tom

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2006
Messages
11,356
Reaction score
99
Tom,

Do you leave them upside down until you drink them? I suppose that makes as much sense as on there side.

Darren
Yes upside down OR laying on the side on the racks OR in my wine cooler
 

vvolf34

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 2, 2009
Messages
200
Reaction score
0
YEP!,
Think about it. "We" drink about 3 botles a day PLUS what I bring to my monthly wine club meeting. I also "donate" for local charities. Adds up quick. BTW I have at least 450 on my wine racks..
OBSESSED?
I am long past that.
I might be there one day, I have a total of 31 gallons in various stages right now. None really ready to drink, but I will bottle my MM Summer Breeze Black Cherry Shiraz kit in about 2 weeks. After racking again, I kept a little sample and I must say it wasn't to bad. Plus my Apfelwein, I racked to a 3 gal and 2 - 1 gal. I cheated a little so we could have some for christmas and new years. I added a little concentrate and sweetner to the 1 gallon jugs. Very drinkable indeed.
 

gawine

Member
Joined
Dec 28, 2008
Messages
49
Reaction score
0
yeah really, you have quite a variety there as well Tom! Doing my first red now. i look fwd to having a good stock on my shelves of home brewed wine if it's good which i expect it to be. will do a chardonnay, a chianti and a high end red in the future are my plans. 3 bottles a day you drink? that's quite a bit! i thought one was a lot. :h
 

Tom

Senior Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2006
Messages
11,356
Reaction score
99
Yea well its not just me we have 3 adults that like wine
 
Top