Tuesday, August 24, 2010

How to make wines – The easier way

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Many people like to make wine at home. It is a hobby which is not very expensive and sometimes people have lots of fruits like apples, grapes, apricots and pears lying unused at home. They want to utilize them to make delicious homemade wine. This article will let you in on what equipment and things you require and it will also explain to how to make wine at home in a simple, hassle free manner. You can use various fruits like berries, grapes and apple to make some fine wine. The wine made from each fruit will have different flavors. The more detailed instructions are given in The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine.

First let’s take a look at the various containers or equipment you will need in order to learn how to make wine in the comfort of your home. These things comprise of:

• A big stainless steel container or a large plastic tub which is of food grade quality
• A plastic tube used for siphoning
• An electric juicer ( this is not a requirement if you are capable of squeezing out the juice by hand)
• Sugar
• Yeast
• Sterilization tablets or solution
• A glass vessel for fermentation with an airlock. This could be a jug, demijohn or carboy.

Next, let us look at the process of how to make wine very easily at home.
Step 1 Extract the juice- the main question is how much juice you need to make good quality wine. You will need an amount which will fill the large container to the brim. You can either use an electric juicer which is a good idea in the case of hard apples or plums or you can extract the juice by hand. Never dilute the juice concentrate with water as this will have an adverse effect on the taste of the wine.

Step 2 Put in the sugar- you will have to add sugar to most fruit concentrates unless you are making wine from sweet grapes. The measurement reads 2 pounds sugar for one gallon of juice. You can reduce this quantity if you are making dry wine. Add the sugar by warming the juice in a pan and then stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Step 3- Introduce the yeast- next you will have to add the yeast to the sugared juice. You can add yeast by dissolving the powered yeast in warm water with sugar. Leave for a minute and then activate. You will see the fermentation begin soon with the appearance of air bubbles. The yeast is converting the sugar into alcohol.

The fermentation process could take almost nine months to a year. Once you see no more air bubbles you can bottle your wine and drink it up. With The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine explaining how to make wine at home, you can try making great tasting wine in your very own kitchen.

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