Tips to make Good Quality Wine at Home

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Tips to make Good Quality Wine at Home

If we see back in theory, winemaking is very simple process. Juice from Fungus Grapes gives an environment which allows fermentation. This is a natural process which discovered by happily accident of thousands of years ago. Natural yeast will blow in the mind. And this will settle down bunche of the squashed grapes, from where juice was pooling in shaded bowl of rock. After process of fermenting, some passerby will stop and step down for taste.


From this onwards, process of winemaking will get refined, as you can now imagine, second point is environment should be carefully controlled, the point where winemaking will become both like art and science.


Now it will probably fall somewhere between curious stone age wanderer and modern vinter will be applied to artful science to the process. Now winemaking at home will require several parts of inexpensive equipments, a mess of patience and serious cleanliness. Tom Petty said that the wait is the hardest part.


Checklist of Equipements:

  • A 4 gallon of good quality food in plastic bucket and a lid to serve as primary fermentation.

  • 1 gallon of glass jug to use as a secondary fermentation.

  • 1 funnel which will fit into mouth of glass bottle.

  • 3 airlocks

  • 1 rubber cork to fit in the secondary fermentation container.

  • A big bag of nylon mesh.

  • Around 6 feets of half inch plastic tub.

  • Around 20 bottles of wine.

  • Number 9 pre sanitized corks.

  • A hand corker

  • 1 hydrometer to measure level of sugar.


Ingredients Checklist :

  • Lots of wine Grapes

  • Sugar which is granulated

  • Filter water

  • Wine yeasts

Above basic list can be refined by the process by pouring Campden tablets which will help to prevent oxidation. Acids, tannins, enzymes, yeast nutrients and many more fancy ingredients for better control on wine production.


Preparation process of Wine

Part 1

  • Make sure that your equipment is properly sterilized and should be rinsed cleanly. It is best to rinse and clean equipments immediately before to use.

  • Select grapes and throwing out the rotten looking grapes.

  • Wash grapes properly.

  • Remove stems

  • Crush whole grapes to get juice into primary fermentation container. Your hands will move as well as anything. Or you go to old school and loud dance with your feet. If you are preparing a lot of wine, you might have to look into renting fruit press from one of the wine supply store.

  • Add some wine yeast.

  • Insert hydrometer into must. If this give reading less than 1.010 consider to add sugar. Now if you are adding the sugar, you first dissolve granulated sugar into the pure filtered water. Now stir must thoroughly.

  • Cover the primary fermentation bucket using a cloth, allow the must to ferment at least for one week to 10 days. Passing the days, fermentation will make froth to develop on the top and will sediment to fall at the bottom.


Part 2

  • Gently strain liquid to remove sediment and froth.

  • Run juice by a funnel to a sanitized glass secondary fermentation containers. Now fill to top to reduce amount of air which is reaching to the wine.

  • Fit containers using airlock.

  • Allow juice to ferment for the several weeks

  • Use plastic tube to pipe wine into the clean glass of secondary fermentation containers. Now again, purpose is to separate wine from sediment forms as wine ferments.

  • Continue pipe the wine off to the sediment periodically for the 2- months until wine run clearly.

 Part 3
  • Now run wine into the bottles, leaving the space for cork plus about half of inch of extra room.

  • Insert the corks.

  • Store wine upright for first 3 days.

  • After 3 days, store wine on the side at 55 degree F. For red wine, age is for period of at least 1 year. White wine can get ready to drink after 6 months.

Megan J Peterson - About the Author:

Megan is very good in making wine at home.