Complete wine making at home and how to make your own wine at home

Published: 12th August 2010
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Creating your own wine from home is not tough at all and it is actually a very cool hobby. You can make wine from your residence one of two ways.

One is with a wine kit that comes with instructions and is usually created with grape concentrate. The other way is to do it from scratch step-by-step. This way is much better. And although making wine from home from scratch, step-by-step, is more time-consuming and more difficult the end product much better as you are in total control of the type of wine you make, how it tastes, and the quality of the wine overall. If your main priority is to make wine cheaply and quickly and you aren't too concerned about quality then a wine making kit will suffice. If you want to make a wine that you can be proud to say you made then peruse on. You can make wine successfully from many different types of fruits not only grapes but apricots, plums, elderberries, pears, peaches, apples. You can make your own wine from home using almost any fruit. Your imagination is your only limit.

Here is a list of the equipment and supplies you'll need to make your very own fine wine at home.

-A large steel pot or tub to press juice into. A lid will be needed.
-Something to squeeze or press the fruit with. The easiest way is to use an electric juicer.
-A glass vessel that will be used to ferment and store the fruit juice such as a jug.
-A plastic tube for siphoning purposes.
You will too need one thing to clean your equipment. You can either use boiling water or sterilizing solutions or tablets.

Step #1: Press the fruit you're going to use to make your home wine either using a hand press or the electric juicer. Make enough juice to fill the glass vessels. Don't make the mistake of watering down your juice to get the volume you need. If you want the absolute best results do not do this as this will slice down on the flavor of the final product.

Get creative. There is nothing wrong with mixing the juice from several different types of fruits together to make your own unique wine. If you are new to making wine from home you may not feel comfortable experimenting like this. In this case follow a step-by-step recipe. A GREAT place for hundreds of winemaking recipes as well as supplies (where to get wine making supplies free) and other wine making instructions is the home winemakers inner circle.

Step #2 Add the sugar. Very sweet juices will not need added sugar to the recipe. Sugar will provide the fermentation for the production of alcohol. Fruits that are naturally very sweet like grapes will not need more sugar. If you decide to add sugar generally speaking add anywhere between 1 - 2 pounds of sugar per 1 gal fruit juice or less if you want drier wine.

One thing you can do if you like to experiment is make several different batches of the same wine changing the quantity of sugar that you use in each batch. If you have a five glass vessels, for example, you can use a slightly different quantity of sugar for each vessel noting the results of the wine. You can also use the same experimentation process to experiment with different fruits and fruit combinations. With time and experience you'll be able to develop your own unique fine wine that no one else has. Remember, the more sugar you use the higher the alcohol amount will be of the wine when you're done.

Add the sugar to the fruit juice by warming the fruit juice and a pot stirring in the sugar. Warming the fruit juice helps dissolve the sugar best.

Step #3 Add the yeast. Make sure your glass vessels are sterilized with the sterilizing solution or tablets or boiling water. Pour the sugar fruit juice into the glass vessel. Add the powdered yeast and a small warm water and sugar into a cup to dissolve it. Let it set for 5 minutes which will commence the activation process of the yeast. Add the yeast to the fruit juice mixture. Put your airtight lid on top.

Step #4 Put the glass jugs with the sugar wine yeast mixture in a warm place(between 70 and 85°F). Let your wine ferment for at least six months up to a full year. If you are inpatient and drink your wine too in the near future you will not be satisfied with the results. For many folks this waiting portion is the toughest portion as they are anxious to drink their own homemade wine.

As the wine ferments there will be an accumulation of inactive yeast cells on the bottom of the glass jug. Leaving this dead yeast in the wine mixture will make the wine taste weird. One time a month siphon the wine out into a unused glass vessel making sure not to siphon the inactive yeast from the bottom of the original glass vessels. Check on your wine each couple weeks. Depending upon how much this dead yeast is accumulating you might need to siphon the wine a small more or less frequently than once a month.

Step #5 Bottling your wine. Place the wine in a cool location for 2 weeks. A tempurature of 40 - 50°F. is good. This will improve the wines clarity making it a even better tasting. Bottle the wine and cork it.

You can go online to get your own custom wine labels. As you're making wine you want to keep accurate records of the exact ingredients and methods you use to make each batch of wine. This way when you make a perfect batch of wine you will have the recipe for that and you can duplicate it for years to come.

Ideally you want to let your wine sit on a rack for a couple of years. At this point you are probably so excited about drinking your own homemade wine this may be difficult. Make plenty of wine so you can rack a lot and still have lots left over to drink right away :)

For tons of great wine making recipes and where to get wine making supplies including fruit totally free visit winemakers inner circle.

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