Making wine is a little bit science and a little bit art, and like anything worthwhile, learning to make good wine takes time and practice. These wine making instructions will give you a good overview of the process, you will then need to give it a try. The more you practice the better you will become, and the best part is that you get to drink your "mistakes".
Home winemaking is a fun, exciting hobby for people that are creative and enjoy making things, or who love social drinking, or want to give away their wine as gifts to family and friends. Here are some simple homemade wine making instructions:
- Use your own fresh grapes from your backyard. You can also make wine from any number of fruits. Also, many farms will allow buyers to pick their own fruit which is another good source. You can purchase fruit concentrate from your local winemaking shop as a last resort.
- You will need to purchase your wine making equipment and have it ready to go. Carboys, fermentation locks, plastic funnels, trial jars, siphon tubes, wine bottles with corks to name a few. These are obtained at local winemaking stores or these days can be ordered online.
- You will also need to purchase your necessary ingredients. Your recipe might require a specific ingredient, but in general, yeast, pectic enzyme, wine tannin, acid blend, and campden tablets will be required for winemaking.
- You will need a good wine recipe. Again your local winemaking shop will have a complete supply and there are countless recipes on the internet. Start with a simple recipe and only increase the complexity after you gain experience. Additionally, use a recipe that others like and that has been well tested.
- Make wine in a room with a constant temperature of between 45 to 65 degrees, and humidity between 50% to 80%.
- Ensure equipment is properly washed and sanitized prior to use. This not only kills germs but eliminates wild yeasts that can be detrimental to your wine making.
- Read though your recipe and wine making instructions thoroughly, preferably several times, to get a good understanding of the process. Additionally, ensure you know how to use the equipment and have read those instructions as well.
Making homemade wine is a fun hobby to start on your own, or to enjoy with friends and family. After the initial cost of some equipment, the ongoing expenses are fairly small especially if you grow your own fruit. Start small and as your knowledge, confidence, and experience grows you can learn to make different wines to share with everyone.