My wife and I just started a new batch of Chardonnay from a Wine Expert kit. The primary fermenting tank is sitting in our living room and the whole place smells like baking bread from the yeast doing its thing. In the picture you can see the bubbles of carbon dioxide that are given off by the fermentation. There are several stages involved in wine making starting with the primary fermentation, which in the case of this white will be about a week. Next the wine is transferred to a carboy for a couple of weeks to finish fermenting. Finally, the wine goes through a stabilization and clearing process. In only about six weeks, if I don’t screw something up, we’ll have twenty-seven bottles of excellent wine for the cellar. I’ll update as we go from stage to stage.
- Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2008 (beginnerhomewinemaker.wordpress.com)
- The Hydrometer (michaelswine.wordpress.com)