A Sense of Wine

A Sense of Wine is Wine Sense's journal of new products, techniques and behind the scenes info for those who love to make wine. The authors are the Wine Sense staff. You will be familiar with them as the friendly faces that serve you whenever you stop by one of the stores. Join us as we share our insights on new procucts, advice and our experiences. Please feel free to comment on any posts- we look forward to your input!

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It’s Hot Outside but Cool Inside!

July 20, 2012

The temperature is rising, upwards to 40c with the humidex. What does this mean? Everyone is using their air conditioners. What does the air conditioner do? Cools the house.

Although the house is now comfortable for you, it is not for any wines you have fermenting. The result is that  wine’s temperature will drop which can effect your fermentation rate, your wines ability to clear and can make it more difficult to degas.

Remember, your house’s thermostat is only accurate in the room/area that it’s in. If your thermostat is in a warmer area of your home- the temperature is going to be even cooler in the other areas of your home as the air conditioner churns out it’s sweet relief.

My advise is to use a Brew Belt. This handy electric belt wraps around your fermenters and raises the temperature of the must to aid in fermentation. I make wine in my basement and I use a Brew Belt.

Note: A Digital Thermometer is a great way to easily get an accurate measure of the temperature of your carboy. The stick directly on your fermenters and can be read at a glance.

Enjoy the weather!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: General, Equipment by WineSense

Some Gift Ideas!

December 2, 2011

Don’t let the weather fool you! With only 3 weeks to Christmas now is the time to think of those little gifts for the home wine maker. There are many options. For under $20 you can get them an Avvinator/Sulphiter to sanitize your bottles, or a Bottle Tree to dry your bottles. Also, for stocking stuffers we have Siphon Clips, Bag Decappers or the incredibly popular Wine Sense Bottle Stoppers.

The Carboy Cleaner

Two of our most popular equipment pieces are the Wine Whip and the Carboy Cleaner. Both are great tools which will make your winemaking even easier. And of course the Buon Vino Mini Jet Filter is the ultimate gift for any wine maker- to put the finishing polish on your wine. 

Click here to view some of our most popular Equipment.

Click here to view a video of the Carboy Cleaner.

If you are unsure what your wine maker needs- we also have Wine Sense Gift Cards that we can load with any dollar value you wish.

Have a great Christmas!


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense- Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: General, Equipment by WineSense

Avoid Work!

October 7, 2011

It's just easier this way.

The most time consuming part of making wine is cleaning and sanitizing your bottles. In fact, most of my clients say it’s only part of winemaking that they would like to avoid. Well you can avoid it, minimize it and regardless of  how you do it- make it easier on yourself.

Avoid It-

On bottling day simply bring your bottles to our Pembina Highway, Southdale Square, Brandon and now our (newly renovated) Portage Avenue locations to have them sanitized in our automatic bottle washer. The machine will sanitize 30 bottles in as little as 5 minutes. So you may as well grab your bottles and let our Washer do the work as you choose your next wine kit.

Minimize It-

If it’s not convenient to bring your bottles to be sterilized, invest in an Avvinator and Bottle Tree. The Avvinator (sulphiter) is a self contained pump and drain unit for sanitizing your bottles. It shoots a spray of aseptox or sulphite into your bottles and catches it as it drains back. The Bottle Tree allows you a place to drain your bottles and minimizes the amount of counter space needed. The bottles hang upside down from the branches and drain. You don’t have to worry about knocking your bottles over either. If you have some really dirty bottles the Jet Bottle Washer fits on your faucet and will blast away dried wine.

Make It Easier-

Regardless of how you clean your bottles always- ALWAYS rinse your bottles out with water whenever you’ve finished a bottle of wine. No matter how you clean your bottles it will always be easier if there is no dried wine residue.


Bruce, Manager (Wine Sense, Pembina Hwy)

Filed under: General, Equipment by WineSense

Spring Forward- Check Your Equipment

March 30, 2011

You know when they say that you should change the batteries in your fire alarms when we change our clocks each spring and fall, well I have another suggestion. It’s time to inspect some of your winemaking equipment. Example 1 would be that your Primary Pail is scratch free and stain free. Example 2 would be your Syphon Combo is nice and clear and the colour of clear plastic. 

My neighbour was concerned about his recent wines- I gave him some advice and left it at that. He recently knocked on my door to borrow my Syphon Combo as his was broken. He had his in his hand and the plastic tubing was about the colour of an orange and you could see red wine staining on it.

Wine residue on your equipment is not your friend!


I explained to him that his wine never had a chance- his dirty Syphon was contaminating his wine. Syphons are very difficult to clean- if yours looks dirty it may be time to replace it.


Bob, Manager (Wine Sense- Springfield Road)

Filed under: General, Equipment by WineSense


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