Technique

A Quicker Route to Bubbles

Making non-traditional sparkling wine at home through force carbonation is simple and can yield amazing results. With just a few pieces of equipment, one can make delicious bubbly in a matter of weeks. In this article I will outline how to keg, carbonate, and bottle sparkling wine to be enjoyed with friends and family. Force carbonation is done by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into a solution, as is the common method of carbonating soft drinks, sparkling water, and often beer. By racking wine into a keg, refrigerating it, and connecting the keg to a CO2 tank set at a specific pounds-per-square-inch (psi), over time, results in the wine becoming saturated with Co2 and turning into sparkling wine. There is more to it, but this is basically the process. Even though we are not reaching traditional Champagne psi levels (75–99 psi), you can still achieve delicious bubbly at home with readily available equipment. Before you get started, I must warn you that you will be working with contents under pressure. Be sure to wear protective clothing and eye protection. Keep children