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How To Store Homemade Wine Without A Wine Cellar

Updated on March 20, 2012

Homemade Wine Storage

We work so hard to find the perfect recipe, we watch the fermentation process carefully, and we bottle our wine to ensure the best quality. Now that we have done all of this the question of storage is foremost in our minds. Without a wine cellar we may feel that we can't properly store and age our creations but nothing is further from the truth. These tips on proper storage will help to protect the flavor of your homemade wine whether you plan on drinking it next week or next year.

  • Bottles with corks should be stored on their sides.  The cork needs to be in contact with the wine to stay moist and to help keep oxygen out.  Oxidization is the main factor in wine turning to vinegar.  A cork does not always prevent wine from turning but horizontal storage increases it's effectiveness.
  • Bottles with screw tops may be stored vertically or horizontally.
  • Keep all light away from red wine no matter how long you store it.  White wine should be kept in the dark if you are storing it for a period of longer than 2 weeks.
  • Keep your wine stored at an even temperature of below 60 degrees.  Wine likes cooler temperatures but having the temperature remain constant is just as important. 

Of course your best option is always a properly designed wine cellar but another option is one of the many wine refrigerators/chillers that are available today.  They come in a variety of sizes and prices and will provide the best possible storage of your homemade wine.

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      arthurchappell 6 years ago from Manchester, England

      useful advice for anyone makingtheir own wine - I just drink the stuff personally, but it's good to know this kind of advice is there for those who need it

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