Have You Ever Made Homemade Wine? It’s Easy
If you enjoy life, then you probably enjoy good wine. Have you ever thought about making your own wine, in the comforts of your own home? It is really quite simple. Give it a try, and it can be most enjoyable. And the best part is, wine making actually costs very little to get started.
You will need the equipment. A wine making supply store should have everything you will need. You can also purchase what you need online by typing “wine making supplies” on Google. To get started , you need a glass jug. I recommend one that is five gallons. This can be purchased for around $30. You can also find one at a flea market for little or nothing. You can also buy one form a bottled water company. The company I recommend is Mountain Valley Spring Water. If you buy one from them, then you can use the spring water when making your wine. Second, you need a rubber stopper and an airlock. The airlock attaches to the stopper, which seals the glass jug. Both can be purchased for less that $5. Bottling and corking the wine is optional, but if you want to get fancy, you want a corker, and some corks. You can buy a corker for as little as $7. The corks cost about $4.50 for thirty. Now, I don’t recommend buying wine bottles. Some restaurants and wine supply stores will give away used wine bottles. You can find empty wine bottles just about anywhere. That’s all the equipment you will need.
Now, you need the ingredients. There are two ways I make wine. First, I make it from fruit. Some of the fruits that make delicious wines are, grapes, strawberries, blackberries, plums and elderberries. When making wine from the actual fruit, you will need eight to ten pounds of fruit, and ten pounds of sugar. When making wine from the fruit, the fermentation process is natural, in that, you may not need to add yeast. This results in a much better tasting wine. However, sometimes, the fermentation process does not begin naturally, so I have an envelope of yeast available to add, just in case it is needed. Making wine this way is simple. First, clean the inside of the jug bu mixing a table spoon of Clorox bleach with a gallon of hot water. Rinse it out real good. This reduces that chance of bacteria, which can cause the wine to turn into vinegar. Second, pour ten pounds of sugar into the jug. Third, puree the fruit using a blender and pour it into the jug. Forth, fill the remainder of the jug with water. And finally, seal the jug with the stopper and airlock and put it in a dark place. In about two days, check it to see if is is fermenting. Usually, the fermentation process will begin, but if not, add an envelope of yeast. This costs about 60 cents. In two or three months, the wine will be ready to drink. Before drinking it however, you need to strain it with either a coffee filter or cheese cloth. Now, if you decide you want to bottle it and cork it, wait about a year, otherwise, the corks will pop off the bottles, and some good wine will be wasted.
An easier way to make home made wine is to pour ten pounds of sugar into the jug, pour in about a gallon of grape juice, fill the remaining contents with water, add an envelope of yeast seal it and put it away to ferment. Juice will not ferment naturally like fruit, so you have to add yeast. Again, in two or three months, strain it,, and enjoy it. You can use any kind of natural juice if you prefer something besides grape.
These are just some basic wine making methods. There are other more advanced and detailed methods of wine making, depending on how good and how smooth you want your wine to be.
So, Good Luck, and Cheers !
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