Hibiscus Varietal Wine Kit
Brand : Label Peelers
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Your Vintner's Best Hibiscus Wine Base Kit has an herbal, honey-like character typical of hibiscus wine. A blend of juice concentrates, hibiscus flower extract, HFCS, malic acid and natural flavors combine to make a fermentable base for hibiscus wine blend at 18.9B or 10.7% ABV. This product is blended, pasteurized, filled into gallon containers and can be stored at ambient temperature. Diammonium phosphate is added as a yeast nutrient.
Your Vintner's Best Hibiscus Wine Base is perfect for making your favorite varietal wines all year long. Your wine base is made from all natural fruit juice and does not need to be strained or placed into any sort of mesh bag! Start making your favorite varietal wines today.
No pH or acid adjustments are required. Acidity: 2.4; 2.2 - 2.6 % w/w (as citric acid) (AOAC Method 942.15)
Add 4 gallons of water to 1 gallon of concentrate and pitch your favorite yeast to make 5 gallons of wine. Distilled water is your best choice because it is guaranteed to be pH neutral which will not throw off the acidity of your wine. If you cannot get distilled water, you can use regular bottled water however, it could make your wine more tart if it is acidic. Tap water is not recommended.
- Vintner's Best Hibiscus Fruit Wine Base 1 Gallon
- Lalvin K1V-1116 Yeast 5g
- Potassium Metabisulfite 1 oz
- Potassium Sorbate 1 oz
- Dual Fine Clarifier
- Wine Conditioner 500 mL
OTHER PRODUCTS YOU MIGHT NEED
Lalvin RC-212 is the recommended yeast for your hibiscus wine but there are many other yeast options if you have different preferences. This product is included in your kit.
Your hibiscus wine is typically drank semi-sweet or sweet. You will need to add Potassium Sorbate before doing so and it must be in conjunction with sulfites. If you add Potassium Sorbate by itself, it produces off flavors. Sulfites are also recommended to protect your wine from oxidation. This product is included in your kit.
Fermfast Dualfine Clearing Aid (65 g) is a two stage fining agent package that contains Kieselol and Chitosan. Clears most wines to a brilliant finish in 12-48 hours. One package is sufficient to clear your hibiscus wine 5-gallon batch. It's a great tool to have on hand for any winemaker. This product is included in your kit.
Potassium Sorbate stops yeast reproduction. You must add it to your hibiscus wine before back sweetening and bottling. Without Potassium Sorbate, your yeast will reactivate and continue processing sugars which could cause your bottles to explode. It must also be used in conjunction with sulfites. They must be added together to prevent off flavors. This product is included in your kit.
For back sweetening your hibiscus wine, use one bag of wine conditioner for semisweet and two bags for sweet. This product is included in your kit.
You will need to bottle your hibiscus wine. Clear 750 ml bottles are a good choice for you to show off the color and clarity of your wine.
A 7.9 Gallon Fermenter with a grommeted lid is the right vessel to use for your hibiscus wine because you need extra headspace to account for active fermentation. Though your batch is only 5 gallons, the larger fermenter will also allow you to make 6 gallon kits making it a versatile choice. It is also good to replace them from time because plastic harbors bacteria.
Many people reuse their hoses for far too long. Replacing your hoses often is highly recommended with winemaking. Even if you have good sanitation practices, hoses are particularly difficult to keep clean. You do not want to risk a bacterial contamination in your hibiscus Wine over something that costs very little to replace.
Auto-siphons are a great luxury item to have in your winemaking equipment. Once you have one you will never go without one again. Don't forget to use a heavy duty sanitizer to clean it since you don't want to replace it often as hoses. A good sanitizer for that job is Five Star San. Like hoses, Siphons are also difficult to keep clean so it is advisable to replace them.
Corking can be a big job especially if you make a lot of wine. Also bigger corkers give you the option to use wider corks which are beneficial if you want to age your hibiscus wine longer. The Italian Floor Corker pictured here is easy to use and makes corking fun.
Airlocks are another inexpensive product that should be periodically replaced. Though it might be easy to assume bacteria is not a concern with airlocks because they do not actually touch your wine, this is not the case. A small increase in temperature could cause your wine to swell and back up into the airlock. It happens often. You don't want to risk losing your hibiscus wine over a potentially unsanitary and cheap piece of plastic.
Your hibiscus wine is designed to fit a 5 gallon carboy pictured here. Though glass carboys are one of the safest sanitary options for secondary fermentation and bulk aging your wine, they are fragile and break from time to time. If you use glass carboys, a carboy handle or carrier is very advisable. They should not be moved when full without carrying equipment.
Your hibiscus wine will need to sit in a carboy during secondary fermentation and like airlocks, bungs and stoppers should also be periodically replaced, especially if you make a lot of wine. Stoppers are available drilled for use with airlocks or solid for bulk aging after your wine has fully gassed out. The size 6.5 stopper pictured is made for a 6 or 5 gallon carboy. If you have many different sized vessels, universal bungs might be a more economical option.
Hydrometers can last a lifetime, if they don't break. If you have suffered the disappointment of breaking your favorite hydrometer you can view them here.
Winemakers always need more corks. Be sure to read the corker requirements of different corks before you make your selection because some cork sizes do not work with all corkers. If you want to age your hibiscus wine denser corks are preferable.
You may be using the back of your stirring spoon to degas your wine but a mix stir is the best way to remove unwanted gasses.
DID YOU KNOW
Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flowers are edible and popularly used in salads by people in the Pacific Islands.