Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Why do I have to come into the store to place an order?
Q. I like the idea of making wine with you, where do I start?
Q. How long does it take to make a batch of wine?
Q. I want to make wine and drink it right away, should I buy a 4-week kit rather than a premium 8-week one?
Consider this: Once bottled, wine takes 2 weeks to overcome the shock of bottling. You could start drinking it then, but if you let the wine age a further 3 months, it shows more of its character. For whites and most reds, 6 months lets the wine smooth out and gives it a mature character. Heavy reds continue to improve for at least a year, rewarding your patience with delicious bouquet.
If you really can’t wait, we suggest a wine aerator, which helps release the aromas and flavours in the wine. You can find these at our store.
Q. When a red wine has ‘skins’ added, what does this mean and what are the benefits?
Truly a breakthrough in home brewing, you really taste the difference. grape skin packs can also be purchased at McBarleys and added to Cellarcraft 4 week red wine kits.
Q. I have ordered my wine, when will it be ready?
A. You can check the status of your wine on www.brewcheck.com. Your personal ID number is on your receipt. We contact you about bottling when your wine is ready.
Q. Can we age the wine at McBarley’s and collect it in 6 months?
Q. Once the wine is ready, do I need an appointment to bottle, or can I just show up?
Q. At what temperature should I store my wine?
The higher the temperature, the more rapid the aging process, which lowers the life of the wine and if the wine is kept too cool it will take longer to soften and reach its peak of perfection.
A cool, dark location is ideal and stored at a constant temperature between 52 (11) & 58 (14) degrees.
If the wine goes through temperature changes or fluctuations you will notice damage to the wine straight away as a sticky deposit often forms around the capsule of the bottle and the wine will taste ‘off’.
Q. How should I store my wine?
Q. At what temperature should I drink my wine?
* Blush, rose and dry white wines: 46-57°F (8-14°C)
* Sparkling wines and champagne: 43-47°F (6-8°C)
* Light red wine: 55°F (13°C)
* Heavy red wines: 59-66°F (15-19°C)
Q. How can I chill my wine?
Q. Why do the prices of kits vary so much?
Q. When can I drink my wine?
Q. How long can I keep my wine before it goes bad?
A rule of thumb is to drink white wine in a year and red wine up to two years.
Q. I heard that sulphites give you that ‘fuzzy head’ feeling the day after drinking wine. Can you leave the sulphite out of the wine-making process?
Also, yeast makes sulphites during fermentation, so no wine is ever sulphite free.