If you’re looking to give your homemade wine that professional, elegant look, you should consider sealing the top of the bottle with wax. It can add a nice touch to your bottle, especially if you intend to give any of your wine away as a gift. I thought it would be helpful if I shared the steps and resources needed to add this finishing touch.
Sealing the bottles with wax will be the last step in the process prior to storing and aging your wine bottles. Like a foil cap, wax is used to protect the corks from mold and pests and adds an aesthetic quality to your finished product.
Bottle sealing wax can be purchased from wine supply stores and typically comes in either pellets or bricks. Typically, one pound of wax runs between $10 and $15 and will seal at least 50 bottles, depending on your method. It can be found in a variety of colors and finishes, including standard, metallic or pearl.
I’ve purchased my wax at Blended Waxes Inc. and I’ve been pleased with the cost, customer service and the finish their wax has given on my bottles.
- First, place the wax inside a clean, empty can. I use old cans from canned vegetables because they seem to be the right size for dipping, they’re free and disposable.
- Next, heat a pot of water, ½ full to near boiling. Place the can of wax inside the pot of water, making sure that the water level is below the level of the can. Like a candle, sealing wax has a flash point and should never be heated directly, so use this “double boiler” system to melt the wax.
- Stir the wax regularly. It will take a few minutes to melt completely.
- Make sure that your wine bottles are nearby and ready for dipping. Using gloves, remove the can of wax from the pot of water and place on an old towel.
- Place a small amount of wax on the top of the cork, let cool and trim the edge. This prevents any air from being trapped between the wax and the cork when you dip the bottle.
- Place the neck of the bottle into the hot wax and dip as far onto the bottle neck as you would like. As you remove the bottle from the wax, gently turn the bottle to ensure a smooth finish.
- The wax should cool fairly quickly. If you would like a glossy finish on the wax, you can dip them in cold water just after removing the bottle from the wax.
Adding a wax seal to your homemade wine is a creative way to add a finishing touch with class! Have fun with it and, as always, share your comments on techniques, styles, variations and product info below.