- Why is my wine horrible?
That’s today’s ‘new to me word’ sorted.
terroir |t?r?w??, French t?rwar|
the complete natural environment in which a particular wine is produced, including factors such as the soil, topography, and climate.
• (also goût de terroir |?gu? d?, French gu d?| )the characteristic taste and flavour imparted to a wine by the environment in which it is produced.
ORIGIN French, ‘land’, from medieval Latin terratorium .Posted 3 years agomoomanMember
Wine fly getting in during fermentation?
Too big an air gap during fermentation in demijohn or bottles??
Are you cleaning sterilisation solution out properly before bottling???
It will froth away like mad the first week or so. Then settle down. Maybe your putting it into demijohn too soon, so its getting contaminated as its frothing through the airlock?
Are you using a hydrometer to read when its ready for the demijohn?Posted 3 years ago
Some wines take longer to clear – finings will sort that out though.Garry_LagerSubscriber
What type of wine are you trying to make? IME it’s v difficult to make anything a grown-up might want to drink. You can do countrified bollox like gooseberry champagne or elderberry wine, but anything more serious is a challenge.
As you say, beer making is relatively straightforward. You get decent results from the get-go, and can get legitimately great beer with some experience. You’d spend a lifetime trying to perfect homegrown red wine and it would still be bobbins.Posted 3 years agojohn_drummerMember
the frothing is normal, it dies down after a couple of weeks; the fermenting wine WILL be cloudy, it only clears down once you’ve racked it off the sediment & applied the finings (included in the kit, usually).
I’d start with a quality 5 litre kit e.g. California Connoisseur or Beaverdale, rather than the sometimes dodgy kits that need extra sugar.
Ideally use a glass demijohn and don’t forget the airlock needs some boiled water in it
Clean all your equipment – and bottles – with VWP or Starsan (or equivalent) and make sure you rinse well before use.
Follow the instructions to the letter and you shouldn’t go far wrong.
You might also want to filter your white wines to prevent a chill haze when refrigeratedPosted 3 years agomoomanMember
andymac – Member
Same for me. Really good beer, but terrible wine. A cheap red I made was actually ok after 2 years but all the white (5 kits, 2 really expensive, have been pretty much un-drinkable. Makes decent gravy though!
I have always found – a bad wine will only getter worse with age not better. Bit of a myth about it getting better, much the same as it getting stronger the longer its in the bottle.Posted 3 years agosamuriMember
My beer is just fine. I’ve made 5 or 6 kits now and while not fantastic, they’ve all been drinkable and even quite pleasant in a couple of cases.
Wine is a different matter. I think I’ve made 5 lots now and only one was drinkable. And it’s different each time. One was too watery, one was sour, another smelled of JIF and the one I’ve just made is really cloudy. Half the bottles smell of vinegar and the other taste OK but are really cloudy.
I always clean all equipment very thoroughly with the proper products. I sterilise everything carefully and always follow the instructions. Different kits but I just can’t seem to get things right.Posted 3 years ago
It’s usually the same process. Any tips? What always surprises me is how active the wine gets. Afgter a couple of days it’s frothing away like mad, is that normal?Smudger666Subscriber
Damo +1 for decent grown up wine.
If, like me, you can drink ‘plonk’ then a well brewed kit (well = follow the instructions, clean everything, de-gas as stated above, rack it! leave it long enough) will be gluggable, but won’t beat even a £5 bottle from asda.
I’ve made a few kits and it’s ok, but not great. I’ve also made from home grown grapes and it really was shit. So much, that I’m gonna eat the grapes this year, seeds n all.Posted 3 years agothecaptainMember
My mother (good cook, generally competent) spent decades making crap wine. I made drinkable beer at my first attempt, and its only getting better with practice.
I concluded some time ago that beer is much easier than wine. Brew in a bag is piss easy and makes fine ale in a couple of weeks.Posted 3 years ago
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