Making wine involves an ancient process that is actually simple and easy to follow. Yes, the procedures and ingredients are so simple that you can make your own wine at home. Basically, the whole process simply involves mixing up ingredients and allowing the mixture to go through a fermentation process until it becomes wine.
Here are the Ingredients Needed for Making Wine at Home:
- 16 cups of your chosen fruit (grapes of berries)
- 2 cups of honey
- 1 packet of yeast
- Spring or filtered water (as needed)
Here are the Basic Supplies Needed for Making Wine:
- 2-gallon crock or glass container
- 1-gallon carboy
- Plastic tube
- Wine bottles with cork
Procedures for Juicing and Preparing Wine
- Wash and clean fruits to make sure that these are free from dirt, dust, and chemicals (if not organic). Also, remove the stems or leaves, if any.
- Place the clean fruits in the crock or glass container.
- Crush and squeeze the juice out of the fruits. You can use a potato masher for this; you can also opt to manually do this procedure using your bare hands. You also have the option to peel the fruits. However, since the skin carries a lot of flavor, peeling the fruits can result in milder taste in wine.
- Continue the process of squeezing and mashing until the fruit juice fills the 2-gallon crock almost up to the brim. There should only be about 1 to 1 ½ inch airspace from the collected juice to the top of the container. If there isn’t enough juice from the fruits, add some water. Make sure that you only use spring or filtered water as tap water can carry elements that can ruin the taste of your wine.
- Add honey to the fruit juice. Honey sweetens the wine; so if you want sweeter wine, just add more honey to the mixture. Note, however, that your wine’s taste and sweetness will depend on the type of fruit that you use. If you’re going to use grapes, this is already naturally sweet because of its high sugar content. If you’re going to use berries, these are not as sweet because of their low sugar content.
- Add the packet of yeast into the mixture and stir until all the ingredients are well blended.
After mixing all the ingredients, the mixture will have to go through the process of fermentation. The procedures for proper fermentation are listed below.
- Cover the container and let the mixture stand overnight. The cover is really intended to keep foreign matter from contaminating the concoction, but it should be thin and light to facilitate airflow. A think cloth covering is therefore advised. Also, place the crock or glass container in a warm place (about 70 degrees). The temperature is really important because a cool surrounding will hinder the growth of yeast. Placing it in an area with hot temperature, on the other hand, will kill the yeast.
- The next day, stir the mixture every 4 hours. And for the next 2 days, stirring can be done just a few times per day.
- After 3 days of stirring, strain the mixture and transfer it into a carboy to prepare for long-term storage. Use a plastic tube for siphoning the liquid mixture into the carboy and seal it with an airlock.
- Take off the airlock every couple of days to allow air to escape from the mixture. Replace the airlock immediately. Do this until the mixture is no longer releasing gas.
- Age the mixture from 1 to 9 months (the longer, the better). The fermentation process will turn the mixture into wine.
- Transfer the wine into clean (sterilized) wine bottles and seal with a cork. You can start drinking the wine or age it further.
Enjoying Your Homemade Wine
It really is easy to make your own wine at home and the whole process is quite exciting too, don’t you think? You can customize the taste of homemade wine and even use your favorite fruits for your favorite drink.