Wine Kit Instructions - How To Make Your Own Wine

Equipment Needed:

  • Fermenter
  • Carboy
  • Airlock & Rubbery Bung
  • Siphon Assembly
  • Hydrometer & Test Cylinder
  • Floating Thermometer
  • Wine Thief
  • Measuring Cup
  • Spoon
  • Wine Bottles & Enclosures
  • Wine Log Bag

Step 1- Primary Fermentation

  1. Sanitize and rinse all equipment to be used
  2. Pour four liters of warm water into the fermenter
  3. Add Package A (Bentonite) to the water in the fermenter while continually stirring
  4. Remove cap from the bag and pour into the fermenter
  5. Fill the bag with warm water and pour into the fermenter
  6. Add cold water until the fermenter reaches the 23 liters mark- To add oak chips, soak chips in one cup of warm water for ten minutes before adding
  7. Add the package of yeast to 2 oz. of warm water, let sit for 15 minutes before stirring and adding it to the fermenter
  8. Use the hydrometer to record specific gravity. Place in fermenter, spinning the hydrometer before reading it. The reading should be between 1,070 and 1,080. Log the specific gravity in your log book
  9. Place lid with Airlock & Bung (airlock needs to be half full of water), store in a warm raised area
  10. Let the wine sit for 5-12 days or until the specific gravity is 1,020 or lower

Step 2- Secondary Fermentation

  1. Use the Siphon Assembly to rack the wine into the Carboy
  2. Attach the Airlock & Bung
  3. Place the Carboy in an elevated area
  4. Let sit for 5-14 days or until specific gravity is 1,000 or lower

Step 3- Stabilizing and Clearing

  1. Siphon the wine into a sanitized fermenter
  2. Use the wine thief to take one cup of wine from the fermenter, add Packs B and C to this wine
  3. Slowly pour the mix into the fermenter of wine, stirring slowly
  4. Rack back into a sanitized carboy
  5. Over the next 48 hours, occasionally stir the wine to release gas
  6. Once degassed, transfer the wine into a sanitized carboy
  7. Add Pack D- Kieselsol into the wine, stirring gently. Wait 1 hour before adding Pack D- Clarifier
  8. Seal carboy, let sit in elevated area for 5-10 days

Step 4- Finishing

  1. Rack wine from carboy to the fermenter
  2. Siphon wine into the bottles, leaving an inch from where the cork will end in the bottle
  3. Cork your wine
  4. Let bottles stand for 3 days, then lay on the side for aging
  5. Cheers!


  • RoseMary Scheman

    Can you give me some advice? I want to add elderflowers to my Riesling kit. I want to add it to secondary fermentation. 1)How much should I add and for how long? 1 week or 2 weeks?
    2)Do I add the stabilizers at the same timer ?
    3)Should I wait recommended time before adding clearing agents?
    Thanks, RoseMary

  • Michael Brancato

    How do you use the wine raisins in primary fermentation? Do you wash or sanitize them and chop them up+

  • Robert Mineau

    How do you get the wine from the carboy into the bag dispenser?

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