- Food and Cooking
How To Make Your Own Wine At Home
We all have special hobbies that we like to do. Mine happens to be wine making I think it is fascinating on how someone can make wine at home and have better quality then a lot of the off the shelf drinks. It is not a very difficult thing to do to make wine at home. Here ill show you with a little time and the right equipment you can make your own specialty wines right tin your own kitchen.
There are kits on the market that allow you to make wine at home but the quality is not like if you make it from scratch from fresh fruits instead of the concentrate that it normally comes with.
Making wine from many different types of fruits like grapes, apples, plums, even pears and many more. But, when picking your fruit out make sure you can find the freshest of choices. You can usually find them at the local veggie and fruit store. The fruits at your local grocery are not always the freshest. Even better is if you have a farm near where you live and can pick them off the trees ourselves.
First off we need the right equipment so here is the list of things that you should have on hand besides the fruit of course.
1. A large steel (plastic can be used but steel seems to work better) tub or pot that you can use to squeeze the juice into.
2. An electric juicer. If you do it by hand this is not essential but I’m lazy
3. Fermentation bottles like a large jug some people call it a (“jimmiyjohn”) It should have an airlock on it. You can find them online cheaper or if you have a local store that carries brewing equipment that is also a good place to get one. If you can purchase them in 1 gallon types you will get a better quality in your wine but 2-3 gallon jugs can be used.
4. Tubing this is used for siphoning
7. Some people use a sterilization product to clean there pots after making I like to use this because I know I’m getting the best quality.
With this all collected, follow these steps to make your wine.
Step 1: Get your juice
I’m sure the first question that is popping into your brain now that we have collected all the proper equipment is how much fruit do I really need? Well that depends on how much your making but a general rule of thumb is that you should have just enough juice to fill the fermentation jug that you are using. There are recipes that suggest that you use water as a substitute in your fruit juice but I recommend that you never do this your wine will taste like crap. Trust me. You will get a more purified end result that will taste loads better.
Now its time to press the fruit or if like me then use a electric juicer makes it a little easier. If you are squeezing them by hand remember you will need to use the large stainless steel tub. If you want to use harder fruits like apples or others then the electric juicer is a life saver. Not to mention your hands will not hurt at the end. Grapes are always fun put them into a large press and just go barefoot just make sure you don’t have athletes foot ewwww. Some fruits are really
Some fruits are awesome to mix with each other like apples and grapes or peaches and apples depending on how much you have of each.
Step 2: Add the sugar
Have to be careful here because too much sugar will make it to sweet so you have to use just the right amount to make your wine. I prefer not to sweet and a little drier like white wine is so adding one to two pounds of sugar is usually sufficient. This is something that you will need to do in different amounts until you find exactly what you like individually. This is the one reason you should invest in several 1 gallon options instead of a large jugs while making wine you can try it in smaller amount while not wasting the wine you make. Make sure you remember how much sugar you put in each one and write it down so you remember. When you drink the wines you will get to know which one is sweet which one is dry ect. Along with more sugar you will use more yeast which we will discuss next.
Step 3: Adding the yeast
Using the sterilization products talked about earlier go and wash out the jug and sterilize it prior to adding the yeast. Put the sugar fruit into the jug. Then while you are waiting pour the yeast into a small cup and add a little water and additional sugar but not to much and let it activate and dissolve over about 5 min prior to adding it to the fruit juice. Then add the airlock on top and lock it into place.
If you bought a see though top then you should see the fermentation process beginning to start. The bubbles that you encounter mean that the yeast is turning the sugar into alcohol.
Step 4: Watch and wait
Find a nice warm location out of the way. This is the hard part and the longest because you want to let it sit for about 9 months to 1 year. WOW! A lot of time for all that work but it is really worth it. You can drink it after a month but it will be very rough and not the best wine you ever tasted so just leave it alone. Then as you check on it periodically throughout the year you will notice that a white layer will start to set on the bottom of your jug. This is the dead yeast cells and it is a good idea to use the siphon to remove them so the yeast that is still alive can ferment longer. This is regularly done once a year into a complete new jug to prevent it from having a yeasty aftertaste.
Step 5: Bottle your wine
If the wine has not clarified and fully clear leave it there and let it continue to ferment while you keep a closer eye on it for it going.
When the whole process of fermentation is completed. (no bubbles can be seen through the air lock) you can then bottle the wine and cork it like normal wine. Remember to also sterilize the wine bottle and cork so it is clean. If making many different kinds labels always help to keep them separated the dates your bottling and the kind of fruit that it is coming from.
Most people including myself cannot resist at this point of popping the cork and drinking one fo the bottles after all the waiting and hard work I think we deserve to try at least one. But also remember to put a couple aside for a couple of years to so you can pull it out on those special occasions. Then enjoy your wine!