There are many people who love to make wine at home but they do not want to go to all of the trouble to process the needed fruit. You will be pleased to know that you do not have to use fresh fruit to make wine at home. You can also use juice concentrate to make wine that is very tasty.
Making wine from concentrate is a fairly easy process. You will need to get the fruit of your choice, sugar, yeast, balloons, and glass bottles. Tinted glass is best but if you do not have tinted glass there are other steps you can take using clear glass. A gallon jug is best and preferably one that has a small neck. Wide mouth jars are more difficult to handle and do not work as well.
You will need to prepare the concentrate by using the directions found on the package. For every gallon of juice you will want to add a couple of cups of sugar. If you prefer you wine to be less sweet you can cut the added sugar in half. After you have thoroughly mixed the sugar into the juice you will want to add two envelopes of yeast for every gallon of juice. This too should also be well stirred and mixed.
Once you have this mixture thoroughly mixed, you will then be ready to pour it into your glass bottles. Make sure that all of the bottles you use are thoroughly sterilized. Always leave a few inches at the top of the bottle for headspace. Take a balloon and stretch over the top of the bottle. Then place the bottle in a dark place where there is little to no light. It should also be fairly cool since heat can cause the mixture to turn sour. You will then leave the mixture undisturbed. You can track the progress of the fermentation process by watching the balloon. The balloon will start to inflate while the yeast is working. Once the wine is completed the balloon will deflate.
Once this process is complete you will then need to siphon the liquid from the bottle and place into sterilized serving bottles. Place a filter of some type over the end of the siphon hose to keep from siphoning the sediment that has settled in the bottom of the bottles. A simple filter can be made from surgical gauze.
Making wine from juice concentrate is a great way for the home wine maker to enjoy a great tasting glass of homemade wine without a lot of fuss. Grape juice is the most popular type of concentrate but there are other juice concentrates that can be used. Some stores will carry dark grape and white grape juice. The dark variety tends to be richer and sweeter while the white juice has a slightly tarter taste that is lighter.
If you are planning an occasion to drink your homemade wine you will need to allow approximately one month for the fermentation process. There is no way to rush the process so always remember to give yourself enough time.
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Harvesting grapes is a tradition that is as old as mankind. Grapes are used for many different things but the most popular are wine and jelly. The harvest is usually early fall but there are some grapes that will mature late fall. The late fall grapes tend to make some of the best and sweetest wine.
Picking grapes is often a tedious process where the grapes are picked in bunches and handled carefully to avoid bruising. Most pickers will have buckets and scissors that are used to cut the grape bunches off the vine. After all of the grapes are picked they are often taken to a pressing area where they will be processed for their final destination.
When grapes are pressed they are placed into a presser that takes the grapes and smashes them into small pieces. In years passed this method was done by workers using their bare feet to stomp the grapes to extract the juice. Some places in the world still use this old tradition but for sanitary reasons most places now use a grape presser to extract the pulp and the juice. Often the workers will line the bottom of a grape press with sackcloth to make sure they get all of the juice extracted without all of the seeds and pulp getting into the juice.
There are many different types of grape pressers but they all achieve the same thing. The ultimate goal is to get as much of the juice out of the grape as possible.
Juiced grapes are very similar to those that are pressed. The home winemaker probably will not own a very elaborate grape press because of the expense involved. The press is usually found in wineries where large quantities of grapes are pressed. The home juicer may use something as simple as a potato masher to get the juice out of the grapes. There are also home pressers that will extract the juice and leave the pulp, seeds, and skin behind. These are usually cranked by hand and can become quite tedious if there is a large quantity of grapes to be juiced. It is a great way for the home winemaker to get the most amount of juice out of the grapes.
Pressing grapes at home will allow you to get the full benefit of the pressed juice without all of the additives that come in a kit. Kits are a great way for somebody to get started and learn what they are doing but kits are rarely natural and have additives and preservatives that are not found in juiced grapes at home. When you juice your own grapes you have complete control of the ingredients you put into the juice.
Winemaking is a fun hobby and offers some great benefits for the home winemaker. By making your wine at home you will have a healthy alternative to the processed wines that are found in stores. Most people also agree that wine made at home just tastes better than wine bought from a vendor.
There are a lot of people who enjoy a great glass of wine with their evening meal. Others like to sip a glass of wine just before bedtime to help them fall asleep faster. Drinking wine is a great way to enjoy the health benefits associated with the extract found in the wine.
Making homemade wine is a fun hobby for many. The homemade variety is also better for your health than store bought because you control the ingredients. By using fresh, wholesome ingredients you homemade wine is much better for you than what you buy in the store. It is also much cheaper to make wine at home.
Making wine at home is not difficult as long as you have a few basic instructions. Chances are that you already have many of the needed supplies to get you started. If you want you can purchase a kit from local merchants or from the internet. A kit is really not necessary and will probably cost you more money than you would spend with just using items you have around your home.
Homemade grape wine is very healthy when you drink it in moderation. Fresh grapes contain antioxidants that help rid the body of harmful free radicals. The concentration of grapes in the wine adds a powerful punch of these antioxidants. By using fresh organic grapes you will be assured that you are not putting additives and chemicals into the wine. Wine that is professionally made has a lot of additives to enhance the taste and to preserve the freshness. These additives take away from the healthy benefits that are associated with wine.
The key to drinking wine for health benefits it to limit the amount of wine you consume on a daily basis. A couple of glasses are recommended to get the desired health benefits. The benefits include promoting heart health and blood enrichment.
The best wine for health benefits is grape wine but you can also get health benefits from other fruit wines as well. Cranberry wine is great for those who like a wine that is a little tart and is not quite as sweet as grape. Cranberry juice is also a known flush for kidneys. People who suffer from frequent urinary tract infections can benefit from wine made from cranberries. Many places have fresh cranberries that have not been treated with chemicals. Organic cranberries may cost a little more but the benefit is worth it.
If you want to save money you should always buy fruits that are in season. They are cheaper at this time and they are also fresher and have a better taste. If you want to have wine the year round you might consider making several batches while the fruit of choice is in season. The great thing about wine, after it is processed it will get better with age.
Homemade wine will always be better for you than professional made wines because you control the ingredients you use and you have the choice of the fruit. Once you start making your own you will probably never want to go back to the store to buy wine again.