Years ago home winemaking was messy, required a lot of patience and didn’t always produce good results. Most everyone has a memory of their uncle, grandfather, neighbor, etc. who had some awful tasting wine brewing in their basement. With today’s technology, home winemaking is now a very easy and affordable hobby that can produce very high quality tasting wine. Besides making a quality wine there are other reasons to make your own wine.
Making your own wine is affordable. Thanks to technology more modern equipment is now available to the home wine maker. You can purchase prepackaged equipment kits
that will provide you with most of the necessary items. These items can be purchased at Let's Do Wine for around $100. After your initial purchase of equipment, you will have to buy the ingredients for each batch of wine you make. If you enjoy drinking more traditional varietals such as Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernets and Pinots and want wine similar to what is commercially available, then it is best if you purchase wine in a concentrate kit
form. Most concentrate kits have easy to follow instructions, pre-measured packets of the necessary additives such as yeast, stabilizing and clearing agents. The most important item in the concentrate kit itself is the juice. The better juice kit manufacturers source high quality grapes from some of the best grape growing regions in the world. Once the grapes are pressed, the juice is properly balanced for sugar, acidity, pH levels, etc. and then flash pasteurized and concentrated to allow for a good shelf-life and easy handling. High quality wine juice can be purchased for as little as a few dollars per bottle.
Not only is wine making is a fun hobby, it’s affordable too. Many folks have fun hobbies such as golf, stamp collecting, reading, etc. The great thing about wine making is you have something to show for your efforts. Most wine making supply stores offer a selection of bottles, labels, foil shrink tops to make your wine have a professional look. Desktop publishing software can be used to make personalized custom labels. Not only is it nice to bring a bottle of homemade wine to a dinner party, a bottle of wine makes a wonderful gift at the holidays or used for wedding and shower favors.
Wine making is a four step process
that takes approximately 4 weeks to ferment, stabilize and clear a batch of wine. Most batches are made in 6 gallon amounts which yield 30 bottles of wine. All you will really need at home is a small space that has running water to clean your equipment. While the wine is fermenting it will need to be stored in a place that will maintain average room temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees.
Once your friends learn that you make your own wine they will be very intrigued. As soon as they discover how good it is, you will become the most popular person in your neighborhood and family. You will be proud to say: “I made this!”
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Written by: Wendy Kielar, Let's Do Wine
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