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Bottling wine: phases

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Bottling wine, steps to keep in mind

Bottling wine can seem a piece of cake, but actually there are some rules to follow that allow to taste and produce high-quality wine.
Here explained the process to follow and some suggestions.

The right period to bottle wine

The process for the bottling of the wine has to take place in certain periods of the year: the best are the month of March and September.
The first of the two months is suggested if the wine has to be consumed within the same year because the toxic substances for the organism, even if they are just a few, the will sediment on the bottom.
The month of September, instead, is suggested if wine has to be consumed not before the following year, given that the taste should not be the best.
The other months, instead, are not suggested, because the period of the grape harvest is too far, it can make the wine bad and not drinkable.

The wine and the moon

One of the elements that affect the bottling of the wine is the moon: this, according to the old traditions, allows to preserve and obtain better wines, depending on the shape of the moon.
According to ancient legends and traditions, wine will be tastier if it is bottled during full moon: it doesn’t care if it is a wine to age or if it will be drunk immediately, given that the wine bottled in this period has a best taste.

Wines that have to be preserved and the sweet ones, instead, has to be bottles in the period when it is possible to see just ¾ of the moon. The sparkling wines, instead, will be excellent if they are bottled with ¼ of the moon.

We suggest to avoid the period of the new moon: this means that the wine can be acid and thus it could be difficult to drink.

Obviously we are talking about some old traditions that live still today, even if there aren’t scientific proofs that confirm these theories.

Preparing the wine bottles

Before pouring the wine in the bottles, they need a particular washing even if the bottles are new or never be used. Some germs or dust can remain in it.

This can create problems for the health of the people that drink the wine contained in that bottle.
It is easy to wash: try to wash it carefully with water and bicarbonate.

After that, it has to be dried. It is sufficient to place the bottle upside-down and leave that the water will dry.
For further safety and thus dry completely, it is sufficient to use a towel and place in the bottle, trying to remove the residual of water.

Moreover the bottles have to be protected with a protection on the cork that avoid the dust to enter inside the bottle.

Bottling wine

Wine will be for sure inside the demijohn: to pour it in the bottles, for the first thing you have to place a pump in the demijohn to pick up the first part of the wine.

In this way, they will remove the oily residual of the wine and other elements that can damage our health.
The demijohn, then, has to be placed in a higher level than the bottles, placing the other side of the pump inside the bottle that you want to fill.

Using an automatic system it will be possible to transfer the wine from the demijohn to the bottle and when it is almost filled the flux of liquid will stop automatically, avoid useless wastes.
When all the bottles are filled, it is time to close them: this phase is simpler using a specific machine able to tap it in the best way.

Remind to leave at least three cm from the cork and the wine, in order to allow a small quantity of air so that the wine can breathe.

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