at Home; It's Easier than You Thought!
people think of wine, they think of expansive vineyards and
distilleries. Few realize they could be thinking of their own
yard or neighborhood. Making wine from the comfort and
convenience of one’s own home is not as difficult as it may
sound. In fact, anyone who has fruit growing either in a
backyard or wild in the area has the potential to make great
The tools are
quite simple and easily acquired. First a large, food grade
plastic tub is necessary for fruit juice to be squeezed into.
This can easily be replaced with a large stainless steel pot,
so long as it has a lid and can be sealed. A plastic tube is
then required for siphoning this juice into a fermentation
vessel. Fermentation vessels are commonly found in brewing
shops in glass jug-like forms such as carboys or demijohns.
The important aspect of these fermentation vessels is the
presence of an airlock. Yeast and sugar are other necessary
ingredients for the wine making. One may wish to have and
electric juicer and some type of sterilization solution,
though juice can be squeezed by hand and tools can just as
easily be sterilized in boiling water.
Once these tools and ingredients are gathered, the process can
begin. First step is, of course, the fruit. Wine can be made
from a variety of fruits including grapes, apples, pears,
apricots, plums, and virtually any other type of fruit at
hand. The amount of fruit used should be enough, once juiced,
to fill the fermenting vessel. Once the juice is in the large
tub or pot, sugar is added. The amount of sugar is really up
to personal taste. Drier wine is produced from less sugar,
however more sugar reacts more with the yeast and creates a
more alcoholic wine. It should also be noted that sweet fruit
juice such as grape juice may require no sugar at all.
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Now for the
exciting part: the actual fermentation. This involves
dissolving powdered yeast in a small amount of warm water and
allowing it time to activate, transferring the sugared fruit
juice to the carboys or demijohns and adding the yeast. Once
this is done, the vessel can be sealed and fermentation should
begin quite quickly. Ideally, wine ferments for nine months to
a year in the warmest possible environment. Then it may be
bottled and consumed by a happy winemaker!
can (at least if you live in the UK) sit at home in your
favorite armchair with a glass of your own home made wine in
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