Reading Soda Works sells wine juice that is ready to ferment upon pick up. All the guesswork is taken out of producing the 6 gallon batch of wine, allowing winemakers the easiest form of home winemaking. All juice orders are pick up only at our retail store. General instructions for preparation can be found here.
Varieties and pricing may vary from year to year based on availability and harvest. Details will be available closer to harvest for the next order dates. Each 6-gallon pail ranges from approximately $62-66 each.
Please Note: Our juice will NOT have yeast added. We will provide one packet of yeast for each pail, at no additional cost. There are several good reasons for not adding yeast:
- To provide a better product and that is more stable prior to fermentation;
- To give the winemaker more control to choose the yeast type;
- To prevent premature fermentation: Yeast added to the juice has caused fermentation even under cold conditions. In some cases, yeast may die so the wine may end up on the sweet side making it difficult to ferment all the way dry. Premature fermenting may also cause trapped gasses in the juice.
The deadline to order California wine juice is Friday, September 17, 2021. Wine juice pick up will take place on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
The deadline to order Italian wine juice is Friday, October 1, 2021. Wine juice pick up will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021.