What do I have to do to age my wine longer than the time the instruction say. For example I drink some at the time it is ready by instruction and save some for tasting later and see if is getting any better by aging.
There are two basic things that you will need to do to get a wine ready for extended aging.
1) Add Sodium Metabisulfite To The Wine: This will help keep the wine from spoiling and also keep the wine’s color fresh and brilliant. Wines that are not treated with Sodium Metabisulfite run a risk of slowly turning to vinegar over time.
It should be added to the wine right before bottling. It comes in a granulated form and is vary easy to dissolve into the wine. The dosage is small, 1/16 of a teaspoon for each gallon of wine or 1 teaspoon for every 16 gallons of wine.
2) Use A Good Wine Bottle Cork: The longer you plan on aging the wine the better the wine cork should be. Our Superior Grade Straight Corks will work fine for wines that will be consumed within three years time. If you plan on aging you wine longer than this, then you might want to buy corks that are even more dense such as our Extra First Grade Corks or Synthetic Corks.
You will need a corker to insert any of these corks into the wine bottle. This is because their diameter needs to be compressed down to the size of the wine bottle’s opening and then plunged into the opening of the bottle.
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.