Ideal Temperatures for Home Winemaking - dummies

Ideal Temperatures for Home Winemaking

By Tim Patterson

Part of Home Winemaking For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Good home winemaking involves careful temperature control — your wine wants to be warm sometimes (and generates a bit of heat itself during fermentation), but then things need to cool down, especially for storage. The following table shows some key temperature targets for making and storing wine in Fahrenheit (F) and Celsius (C):

º F Wine checkpoint º C
60º Cool white ferment should be under 16º
85º Peak red ferment should reach at least 29º
40º Home cold stabilization should be under
55º Standard for long-term bottle storage 13º