A Glimpse at White Wine Making

Many of you probably know that majority a of red wines are made from grapes. However, some people probably think that grapes are not the main ingredient in white wine making. Although there are white wines made from other fruits and even herbs, many of the white wines available in the market are still mainly made from grapes. The only difference is that the skin of the fruit is removed before the fermentation process begins. Traditionally, people who trample on the grapes know how to eliminate the skin. In commercially produced wines, machines are the ones who separate the juice of the fruit from its skin.

If you are interested in white wine making in the comfort of your own home, you should remember that preparation is important in ensuring the success of your wine production efforts. First, you have to make certain that when you pick grapes, they have the right amount of sugars and are ripe for wine making. Also, be careful with how you pick the grapes because you don't want them to fall and have bruises. After all the grapes have been picked, it would be best to clean them carefully and remove leaves, dirt, and even insects. Next, you should start juicing them with a machine or with your hands. Make sure you remove all the skin before the fermentation process starts. In case you don't have a vineyard, you can buy wine making kits or juice from your local wine supply store.

The next step in white wine making, is fermentation. In this process, you put or mix in wine yeast, to the grape juice in the vat, in order to convert sugar into alcohol. The type of yeast you use will greatly affect the aroma and flavor of your wine. If you are not sure what kind of yeast to use, just do some research or ask your wine supply vendor. Another thing you should look out for in this process, is the temperature. It is always best to maintain the right temperature during the entire fermentation process, which usually lasts for 3 to 4 weeks.

The last stage in white wine making is the aging of the wine. In traditional wineries, the wine is aged in oak barrels. Many wine experts say that oak helps add a hint of buttery taste to the alcoholic beverage. In this stage, certain organisms may be added to help convert malic acid to lactic acid if you want to produce a milder wine.



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