Art Plus Science Equals Magic: How to Make Homemade Wine in a Snap by Lisa Harold
Wine production has been going on for millennia, and it is now a huge industry in many countries all over the world. Whether you are a fan of red, white, sparkling or rosé, you may want to try making your own wine at some point. The good news is that it is not as complicated as you may have imagined.
Invest in Some Resources
There is a lot of information on wine making available in the form of books and videos, so it is a good idea to spend some time reading and watching these if you are just starting out. One of the best places to find information is online, where there are plenty of instructional videos available. Download some to your computer using http://www.youtubedownloadersite.com and then you can watch them whenever it’s convenient. This will help you to learn the basics so that your first attempt is more likely to be a success.
Collect Together the Ingredients & Equipment
The ingredients for making wine are very basic, consisting of: wine grapes, water (filtered), wine yeast and sugar. However, the equipment you will need is a bit more extensive. It consists of:
- A bucket for fermenting the wine (about 20 litres is a good size), along with a lid
- Some large glass jugs to carry out the second stage of the fermentation, completed with airlocks
- A hydrometer, which is used to measure the level of sugar in the wine
- A straining bag
- Plastic tubing for siphoning the wine
- Glass wine bottles and corks
- A funnel to pour the wine into the bottles
- Sterilization equipment
You must ensure that everything is sterilized when making wine, otherwise the wine could be ruined. There are many options for sterilization in the form of powders and liquids, so go with whatever is recommended in your local brewing shop. Once you have sterilized the equipment, rinse it out thoroughly before getting started.
Add the Ingredients
Go through the grapes and get rid of any that are not in good condition, then wash them and remove their stems. Next, crush them using your hands – or even your feet – and pour the juice into the large bucket for the first stage of the fermentation.
Add in the yeast and check the sugar level using the hydrometer. You can add sugar to boost the alcohol content if you wish. If you do so, you should dissolve the sugar in the filtered water first and then add it to the bucket and stir it in.
Leave It to Ferment
Once you have added all the ingredients, cover the bucket with a cloth and leave the wine to ferment. This should take about a week or so. You will see a froth appear on the top of the liquid, and the sediment will sink to the bottom.
Strain the Wine
Next, sanitize the glass jugs and strain the wine into them to get rid of all of the sediment. Fill the jugs right up to the top and then fit the airlocks. Once they have been filled, leave them for a few weeks to continue fermenting.
Repeat the Process
The wine will continue to ferment, and every two months or so you should siphon it off into another glass jug using the plastic tube to separate the liquid from the sediment. When the wine is no longer producing sediment and is clear, it is ready to be bottled.
Bottle Your Wine
Use the plastic tubing again to bottle the wine, and then insert the corks. Keep the bottles upright for a few days, and then turn them on their sides. Red wine should be left for a year at least, but for white wine you only need to leave it for about six months. Store it at about 13 degrees Celsius.
Enjoy Making Your Own Wine
From start to finish, making wine is quite a long process. However, if you practice regularly, your wine will improve each time. There are plenty of other techniques that you can incorporate to improve your wine-making process, but start with the basic process above and over the years you will be able to refine your own process so that soon you will always have a good supply of your own delicious wine in your home.
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Lisa Harold is passionate about wine. She greatly enjoys blogging about wine history, techniques for drinking, and more.