Wine Making At Home – An Enjoyable Quest!
There are many homes around the world where it is custom to walk down to the cellar and bring back a bottle of red wine to the dinner table. A glass of home made wine is a sign of hospitality which is appreciated both by family and friends.
Wine making at home is a simple process. For some, it is a lucrative hobby. While wine can be made from fruit concentrates, it is wine made from fresh fruits, i.e., grapes, apple, plums or any fruit you choose, which makes it a delightful experience. The best fruit to choose would be the fruit of the season, as it is likely to be available at competitive prices and also in large quantities.
The equipment required for making wine at home is:
A large plastic or stainless steel vessel with lid
- A juicer
- A glass fermentation jug with airlock.
All the above equipment needs to be sterilized in boiling water.
Now are you ready to try wine making at home?
If yes, then squeeze the fruit using your hands or a juicer into the container. For hard fruits, a juicer is necessary, but for grapes, the traditional method of trampling can also be used.
If you wish your wine to be sweet, add sugar at this stage. A good ratio would be 2 pounds of sugar to one gallon of fruit juice. The drier the wine, the lesser the sugar content. Stir the sugar until it dissolves.
Transfer the sugared fruit juice into a vessel and add powdered yeast which has been dissolved in warm water. After a few minutes, the vessel needs to be shut tight or air locked. Fermentation begins and your made at home wine will start frothing. You can actually see bubbles in the air lock and know that your experiment has been successful!
Keep your made at home wine in a warm place and leave it for a long period of time – at least a year! You can even drink it after a month, but it may not taste all that great.
Some time during the fermentation process, a white layer may form in the vessel. The wine then needs to be siphoned into a new container. This process can be repeated monthly to prevent a yeasty taste tarnishing the wine’s flavor.
Well, at this stage your home made wine is almost ready, and you will know this when you notice that the air bubbles have stopped coming out. This really means that fermentation is over and the wine can now be transferred into clean, dry bottles.
Remember to label the wine as you may get batches mixed up, especially if your wine has left you with a heady mixed up feeling!
Wine making at home is thus a great hobby and can be turned into a business plan. Keep at it! There is nothing like drinking wine at home and enjoying the fact that your wine making at home experiment has been successful.