Easy and Cheap Home Made Wines

Home Made Wines

With the upsurge in interest in wine by Boomers and everyone else, it seems, there should be no surprise that so many people have turned to the hobby of making home made wines.

Wine making can take on a variety of methods, from the complex to the simple.


bad tasteWhen I was a child, I remember my neighbour making wine in a large barrel, and that stuff did not taste good!



Today a wine making hobbyist can make a scratch wine or use a kit.

The following is an overview of wine made from scratch.  These are not instructions.

Home made wineMaking wine from scratch has been done for thousands of years.  This method takes a little skill and is quite labour intensive.

To do this, you would have to choose your grape or fruit, then clean it. This involves picking out stems and leaves and rinse off excess dirt.

Next you crush the fruit.  Add a sweetener, which could be honey or sugar.

Then you add yeast and let it ferment in a covered crock.  You will have to stir it a few times per day for the next 3 days.  You will see bubbling as it ferments.

Once the bubbling slows, you will siphon the liquid to a carboy for long term storage.  This carboy should have an airlock to release gas while preventing oxygen from coming in and spoiling the wine.

At this point the wine will need to age for a least a month.  After a month, your wine should be finished and ready to bottle.

Your can get a delicious recipe for scratch home made wines from AllRecipies.com.



A few years back I had a friend who had started making wine at home.  She said she had learned to make wine using a kit and that it was quite simple.  I was interested and thought if she could do it, so could I!

The start-up was a bit more involved than I thought, but after purchasing the right equipment, which were mostly one time purchases, it became more of a routine.  This first time I made wine, I had a friend helping, but I found I learned more thoroughly when I followed the written instructions.


You will need:

  • Sanitizer  
  • Fermenter pail with grommeted lid  
  • Secondary fermenter or carboy          
  • Large long handled spoon
  • Corks and corker            
  • Wine bottles        
  •  Bottle brush        
  • Auto siphon        
  • Air lock      
  • Hydrometer        
  • Bung



When it comes to the actual wine making kit, there are 4 main types which are pure juice, fully concentrated grape juice, partially concentrated grape juice, and combination of the above.  The price of a wine kit will be related to the purity of the juice.


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Your kit will contain a bladder pack of the concentrate or juice that should generate 5 gallons (19 litres) of wine, 1 or 2 packets of yeast and 3 or 4 numbered, pre measured and premixed additive packets.

Follow the instructions and in a little over a month, you will have yummy wine!


Trial and errorHere are some tips I learned about home made wines through trial and error.

Have your wine bottles sanitized and ready before you start to bottle. When that siphon starts, it goes fast!

You can really get caught up in buying many different aids for perfecting your wine.  This can start to get expensive.  If you know you are going to continue to make wine long term, then devises that make to process easier make sense.   Consider the purchase of added devices wisely.

Choosing which kit to get can be fun, and you should be able to get the exact flavour you want.

Shiraz     Chablis     Merlot     Chardonnay     Pinot Noir   Moscato

Unfortunately, I had to stop making wine because the carboys were too heavy for me to lift for siphoning, due to my physical handicap.  If not for that, I would have continued as I liked the process and the finished product!

Learn the best way to chill your wine. CLICK this link to check out my Wine Cooler Review

I highly recommend giving wine making a try, you will be pleasantly surprised!

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If you have any questions of comments, I welcome them below.Judy





Easy and Cheap Home Made Wines

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  1. Todd

    June 20, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Thank you for writing this article. I too tried making wine before information like this was available and it was a disaster. With all the info, I think you are right that anyone can participate. I was wondering though in your experience what you thought the best type of kit was and was hoping you could give some input on price range for those different types?

    1. Judith

      June 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm

      Thank you for the comment. It is difficult to the best brand of kit, there are too many variables, and it depends availability and a persons preference. As for price, I have bought unopened kits on kijiji for $5 CAD! The prices of kits also depend on availability and preference. It would be best to do research in your geographical location.

  2. James

    June 20, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Making wine at home is like a science, you need to find the correct balance. Yes is does work out cheaper than buying a bottle from your local shop or vine yard. But if you don’t do your research your wine will taste foul and be a waste of time and money. This information definitely helps with that.

    1. Judith

      June 20, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      Thank you for the comment. hope your next batch turns out great!

  3. Urbano

    August 10, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I like the way you are making people spend less on wine like in Specs, and instead making they’re own at home. Of course you need to buy the ingredients but that will cost you way cheaper than buying the actual bottle already made. I also like how you added a picture of a girl being disgusted by it so that way it will set an example so kids won’t drink it.

    1. Judith

      August 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Thant you for the comment.  Making homemade wine can invovle a bit of an upfront investment, but the results will offer a saving.

  4. Paul

    August 10, 2017 at 9:38 am

    I love this article. I don’t have any experience with wine but I did try a batch of Mead. It didn’t really turn out that good. Kind of like that girls face on your page.

    1. Judith

      August 10, 2017 at 9:44 am

      Thank you for the comment.  Mead sounds like and interesting choice.

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