Free Guide To Making Home Made Wine
Basically, the wine making process is straightforward and not at all intimidating.
All you need is a plastic bowl, a long wooden spoon, anywhere from 15 to 20 lbs of grapes, panty hose, 2 gallons of water, plastic bucket, 10 lbs of sugar, a packet of wine yeast, bottles with lids, plastic wrap and a strainer or colander.
1 The first thing to do is to rinse the grapes thoroughly and to remove all its stems. These should then be mashed using a blender or potato masher. You can add a tiny bit of water if you are utilizing a blender in order to not tire out or burn the motor. The resulting mashed grapes – termed as `must’ – should all be poured into a plastic bucket.
NOTE: It is highly advisable and preferable to use plastic containers and equipment. Proper grade plastic is ideal, specifically polypropylene as other kinds of plastic could be too porous. Plus, colored plastics could seep in chemicals to the wine as it undergoes fermentation, thereby causing it to spoil.
2 Then, simmer all 10 lbs of the sugar in a gallon of water until a clear syrup is produced. After which, stir in the grapes. Place this mixture inside a bucket and add an appropriate amount of water enough to fill the bucket. Make sure to at least leave anywhere from 4 to 6 inches of space from the top in order for the mixture to rise from the lid.
3 Scoop approximately 2 cups of the warm fruit “must” and place it inside a big plastic bowl. Then, pour a packet of wine yeast and stir the mixture thoroughly. Add this back onto the bucket of “must.”
It is important to stir the bucket of must using a long wooden spoon once a day for seven days.
NOTE: All wine-making equipments, from the measuring apparatus, containers, mixing gadgets as well as surface areas need to be sterilized. It is critical that your home made wine do not make any contact with bacteria or rogue yeasts which could cause it to spoil or make the wine not safe to drink.
4 Strain the fruit “must” through a strainer or colander. As much as possible, squeeze all the juice prior to throwing away all the pulp. When all the pulp has been strained, fill the panty hose legs with the goop and hang it over a bucket. Allow it to filter for at least two hours.
5 Then, pour the liquid to a clean bucket adding enough water to fill most of the container – whilst still leaving at least two inches from the top. Cover the bucket with a plastic wrap or a lid. If it is tightly sealed, poke a few holes on the cover using a straight pin – this is to keep any pressure from building up.
6 Allow the bucket to sit for a month inside a warm and dark place. After which, siphon the top contents off, making sure to leave any fruit sediment on the bottom of the container. You are now ready to pour your home made wine into bottles. After you do, ensure to caps of the bottles are closed tightly.
NOTE: It is best to use a plastic funnel and a 6-8 foot siphon tube to transfer the home made wine in between different containers without having to pour. Remember that if you pour wine in between containers, the wine will be more prone to have sediments thereby spoiling it.