Making Homemade Wine

So you want to dive into the wonderful hobby of making your own homemade wine but you aren't sure where to start.  Well there is a ton of information out there and sorting through it all can be a daunting task.  Making homemade wine isn't actually that difficult and the basic process is always the same so relax and in no time you will be making your own fabulous libations.

The first thing you need to have is actually the last thing you will need as well.  A suitable place to store your wine.  It should be dark away from all sun and artificial light and relatively humid to prevent the corks of your bottles from drying out.  Your wine storage also needs to have a steady temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.  Temperature fluctuations of more than a degree or two can adversely affect the quality of your wine.

Chose your fruit, juice, or juice concentrate.  Grapes aren't the only thing that you can make homemade wine out of.  Many fruits, vegetables, and even flowers can be used to flavor or infuse your homemade wine.  Using a juice or juice concentrate is usually the choice for the beginner for ease and less initial investment on equipment as destemmers, crushers, and presses are not needed.

Once you have chosen your fruit, flavor extraction is your next step.  There are many methods and the one you choose will depend on your ingredients and the recipe that you choose.

Fermentation with sugars and yeast is what creates the alcohol content in your wine.  The length of fermentation, amounts of sugars and yeasts will depend on many different variables and your wine recipe will point you in the right direction.  The amount of sugars is optional to a point as long as there is enough to aid in the fermentation process the rest is up to taste.

When your wine has finished the fermentation process is is siphoned into either a secondary fermentation vessel for batch aging or into bottles for storage.  After you have bottled your wine and moved it into your already prepared storage area you can let your wine age anywhere from a week to several years.  The only way for you to know if your wine is ready to drink is to taste it to see it the flavor and aroma is pleasing to you.  Once is has aged to your desire make a note on your recipe about the length so that the next time you use this recipe there is no guess work involved.

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