Time to learn about bottling wine. We will finish up with corking and labeling wine. By now, you should have gathered up bottles for your wine. This should have been done while your wine was fermenting.
Were you surprised by the number of different wine making bottles available for bottling wine? There are specific bottles used for specific wines, but don't worry too much about it.
There are typically two types of bottles: Burgundy and Bordeaux.
Burgundy wine making bottles are sloped and come in light green, dark green and clear. These usually have a smaller "punt" and are used for bottling wines that are younger with less body - whites and blushes.
Bordeaux wine making bottles have more of a "shoulder" and a larger "punt" and are usually are just dark green. Typically these are used for bottling red wines because the punt and shoulders help hold the sediment when pouring.
Once the wine is clear, it is time to start bottling. Your wine is now drinkable but will get better with age.
WARNING: If you sweeten your wine, make sure that you have used Potassium sorbate. This will ensure that the added sugars will not restart fermentation.
You will need about 24-25 bottles for 5 gallons or 30-31 750 ml bottles for 6 gallons.
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