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.
When 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.
Making 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:
- Fermenter pail with grommeted lid
- Secondary fermenter or carboy
- Large long handled spoon
- Corks and corker
- Wine bottles
- Bottle brush
- Auto siphon
- Air lock
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.
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!
Here 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!
I highly recommend giving wine making a try, you will be pleasantly surprised!
If you have any questions of comments, I welcome them below.
Easy and Cheap Home Made Wines
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