Wine kit yield

Help Support The HomeBrew Forum:

Juraj

New Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2019
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Hi All,

Just purchased my third 30-bottle wine kit hoping to maximise the yield as much as possible. I managed 23 bottled from the first one and 26 from the second one.

I have noticed that when I initially top up the fermentation bucket to prescribed 23 litres, I will never be able to get the expected 30 bottles. Between any spills and wastage because of sediment etc, that seems like a lot of liquid lost.

Has anyone actually ever managed to get 30 bottles of nice clear wine?

I was wondering if anyone tried to add a bit more water at the start of fermentation, say 2 or 3 litres more, to account for any wastage like sediment. Would this have any noticeable impact on final taste?
 

Chippy_Tea

Administrator.
Staff member
Administrator
Moderator
Joined
Mar 17, 2013
Messages
34,674
Reaction score
9,474
Location
Ulverston Cumbria.
The 30 bottle kit i make regularly never gives me 30 bottles, if i fill to the 23 litre mark (instructions advise 22.5 litres) i get 28 full bottles and as the cost per bottle is so low i am not bothered about losing two, you could add more water but the finished product will be a bit thinner, if that doesn't bother you go for it.
 

Juraj

New Member
Joined
Dec 24, 2019
Messages
3
Reaction score
1
Hi, thanks. I was wondering if that is something anyone tried doing and what was the actual result.

I was thinking I could add a bit more water and appropriate amount of sugar.

But as you said, given the cost, losing a few bottles is not such a huge problem.

It just seems like slightly misleading advertising as you will never be able to get full 30 bottles. Sediment alone is at least a litre of liquid gone.
 

LED_ZEP

Member
Joined
Feb 6, 2017
Messages
793
Reaction score
579
Location
Leeds
I agree that the kit makers should say makes 23l of must not 30 bottles or approx 28 bottles for newbs. Once you've made a couple of kits you know the craic so it's not an issue.

The real pain is you've spent time washing and sanitizing more bottles than needed.
 

johncrobinson

Landlord.
Joined
Sep 13, 2019
Messages
1,725
Reaction score
730
I agree kit manufactures should be honest about the quantity of wine made.
That said making up a kit short does seem to lead to richer more satisfying wines.
 

John Galt

Active Member
Joined
Nov 22, 2020
Messages
70
Reaction score
49
Yeah you are lucky to get 21litres. This is the sediment left after a 23ltr wineworks. Bare in mind I didn’t rack it! It was made and cleared solely in one stainless steel fermenter in the hope of saving as much as possible. So that’s near enough 2litres of sediment alone.

I bet if I had racked into a secondary I would have lost much more. To be fair I’m not fussed either as even at 20 litre it still works out around £1.40 a bottle.
 

Attachments

DocAnna

Scottish Brewster
Supporting Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2020
Messages
531
Reaction score
782
Location
Scotland
If you rack a couple of times to polish the wine then you do lose a fair bit. A hint to minimise the loss is a couple of days (at least) before racking or bottling is to put a book or other wedge to tip up the fermenting bucket to have the sediment collect in one part and then siphon carefully from there. I usually manage 28 bottles from a kit but sometimes the last one is a wee bit murky.

Anna
 

dearleuk

Active Member
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 20, 2020
Messages
67
Reaction score
13
I got 25 bottles from my last batch, but I had to rack 3 times because I had a big blob of sediment in the tap!
 

John Galt

Active Member
Joined
Nov 22, 2020
Messages
70
Reaction score
49
If you rack a couple of times to polish the wine then you do lose a fair bit. A hint to minimise the loss is a couple of days (at least) before racking or bottling is to put a book or other wedge to tip up the fermenting bucket to have the sediment collect in one part and then siphon carefully from there. I usually manage 28 bottles from a kit but sometimes the last one is a wee bit murky.

Anna
Yeah that’s 21litres for 28 bottles. I have a tap at the bottom of that mangrove jack thing which is great, if you just be careful when near the bottom and tilt it slightly it works a treat. Always a bummer when you get the sediment in your bottle when it’s near full.
 

damienair

Regular.
Supporting Member
Joined
Dec 9, 2020
Messages
254
Reaction score
209
I just did my first wine. It was a 23 litre kit. Instructions advised to rack twice with clearing etc. I was very careful not to disturb the sediment. I used a auto siphon when siphoning. Plus I have a tap on my bottling bucket with a bottle filling wand. I had previously bottled 2 beer kits so was interested to see how the wine went. I managed to fill 29 bottles of Pinot Grigio. The first 28 were perfect. The last one was a tiny bit cloudy. But not by much. I was lucky. Took my time. I was delighted to get 29 bottles out of it.
 

Latest posts

Top