Homebrew Wine Siphoning Instructions

If you have not siphoned wine before please take the time to follow these instructions carefully.

  1. Place the empty container about 50cm below the original wine fermentation container.
  2. Submerge the end of the siphon tube so that the sediment tap is about halfway down into the wine. Attach the siphon tube to the container using the clip provided. Be careful not to disturb the sediment at the bottom of the container. You will not need to touch the original container until instruction 4).
  3. Crouch down to a level below the original fermentation container and continue to suck the end siphon tube (in one go…do not stop!) until you see the wine flow past the bottom of the original fermentation container – then quickly put the siphon tube into the second empty container. The wine should now be flowing from the first to the second container. If wine does not flow but returns to the original container it means you did not suck for long enough – liquid will only flow downhill! You can now forget about the second container providing it was positioned correctly in 1) above.
  4. As the wine level drops in the original container, carefully and slowly lower the rigid siphon tube further into the wine by gently pushing the siphon tube through the clip (do not remove the clip). Keep an eye on the other end of the siphon tube to ensure it is still well inside the second container.
  5. To get the maximum amount of wine transferred, if you are very careful, you can lower the sediment trap of the siphon tube slightly into the sediment – but it takes skill to avoid sediment being also transferred.

Beginners Hydrometer Instructions

If you have not used a hydrometer before, please take time to follow these instructions carefully.

IMPORTANT Always use the hydrometer prior to bottling and do not bottle until the Specific Gravity (SG) has dropped to between 1.006-1.000

  • Fill a test jar to within 20mm of the tap.
  • Put the hydrometer into the test jar, pushing it down to the bottom then allowing it to float up and find it’s own level.
  • The S.G. will be the mark on the hydrometer at the level of the liquid.