Posted on 30 July 2012.
Posted on 02 June 2012.
You use to go to the store to purchase it. You’ve decided to take the plunge. You bought your equipment, secured the necessary ingredients, and developed the skills. You’ve followed the instructions carefully and made your first bottles of wine. Now, it’s time to store it. What do you do? What are the considerations you would take for storing homemade wine?
You’re going to hear people tell you that wine has to be aged to reach its full potential. The truth is, when you’re wine is stored under the right conditions; it will be good for about three months unless it is designed for aging. Otherwise, it will probably deteriorate after the three-month period.
If you’re serious about aging at your wine, you want to consider a few things. First is going to take some time. If you are impatient or careless, this is something you don’t want to do.
Aging wine takes special skills. Instead of bottling it right away after it is made, you transfer it to the aging vessel, which leaves the yeast and sentiment behind. It is then that several processes begin. The first process is clarification. The wine is left at a constant temperature without being moved. This causes the win to clear.
Oxidation, which is prevented by some dissolved and expelled, dioxide, can happen when your aging wine. This process causes a loss of color of the flatness of taste and aroma. The use of sulfur dioxide as an anti oxidant can correct this condition.
The next process is refinement. New wines smell and taste fruity. Wines that were stored for a period of time, begin to lose this condition. The smells and tastes blend with organic acids, esters, and aldehydes, to form more subtle complex combinations. This can lead to what some refer to as bouquet.
The final process is softening. Most of fruit fermented wines have lots of tannin. Tannins come from the skin and pips during the pulps stage. They can make the wine harsh and undrinkable. They’re needed during the aging process because they retard oxidation. Eventually, the content reduces and the wine softens. In the commercial industry, this is the time when the winemaker releases it to go to the market.
If you’re going to store your wine, please keep all these things in mind. Unless you’re serious about storing it for long periods, three months is just about right. You can enjoy the taste of to your wine. You will not lose its flavor and you can drink it so that you make it.
Winemaking can be fun. You pick your wish from the ingredients chosen, and you can enjoy it right away. You’ll have the satisfaction of making your own beverage and reduce the cost of using it. If you’re going to store it, and you don’t really have the skills, to want to keep it the longer than three months. Otherwise, it will start to deteriorate, and it will not be the product you originally made.
Posted on 27 April 2012.
A way to start off your winemaking experience is through the purchase of winemaking kits. By doing this at a reasonable price, you’ll have everything that is required for you to get started in your winemaking efforts.
An average kit has items such as a plastic fermenter with an airlock lid, a glass carboy with stopper, an auto-siphoning system, automatic bottle filler, hydrometer, corker, corks and a stirring spoon. These kits also tend to come with an instruction manual which will aid you in your efforts. These are all the items which are needed in order to create good wine.
Certain kits also come with supplies for cleaning such as a bottle brush and a sanitizer. The things that you have to add to the mix are the fruits that you need and the bottles that are required to make wine that you can seal with a cork. These kits will cost between one hundred to one hundred and fifty dollars on the average.
With all these and your grapes, berries or any other winemaking fruit along with bottles, you will be prepared to make some great wine. This will usually be all that is required for your first winemaking efforts.
On the other hand if you have some experience with the process or you came up with wine that tastes a whole lot better than you hoped for and you wish to continue making your own wine, you need some additional pieces of equipment in order to ensure that your winemaking process is a whole lot simpler. This means investing some more money in certain gadgets.
It really depends on the type of wine which you are trying to make but you may want to use a fruit crusher instead. These fruit crushers range from anything such as hundred and seventy to about fifteen hundred dollars depending on what you’re rooting for. You have models which are completely manual and those which are electric models. You have those which are made for grapes and those which can crush fruits which are as hard as apples. Certain models will go further by helping you get rid of the stem and leaves easily.
One piece of gear most experienced wine makers would love to have is a press. Different kinds of pressers exist and they range from ratchet presses to bladder presses.
The ratchet press allows the juice to run out of the basket into a container beneath the contraption. It works by using a ratchet to press the fruit and get out the fluid.
The bladder press on the other hand uses water pressure. Winemakers tend to prefer this device because it is a gentler way that grapes can be pressed.
Both devices work excellently though and it’s all about your personal choice and your budget. Some of these devices cost as little as two hundred dollars to six hundred dollars, the bladder presses are the most expensive and they go for as much as seven to thirteen hundred dollars.
Posted on 20 April 2011.
When you’ve made the first decision to try something out, the next thing that you’ll probably want to do is speak to as many people as you can in order to get the necessary information that you need. Winemaking is no different in this regard; the only possible difference is that a select few are involved in the process so you can’t just talk to anybody about it.
In your desperate attempt to communicate with someone about winemaking you may have tried to find people who know people you know, all in a bid to get the information that you need about making wine. Regardless of all this you still tend to find out that the amount of people you can talk to about winemaking aren’t more than one or two people who are really involved in the process. What can you do about all this? If you sit at your computer surfing from one winemaking website to the other, you’re bound to get some answers to your questions but don’t count on getting everything answered and you can’t account for the lack of conversation.
You may feel the need to learn and exchange ideas and not just read how wine is made. If you have realized that one step forward is using your computer but not only websites for the necessary information you need about wine, you’ll be going in the right direction. What you really need to do is search for winemaking chat rooms so that you can talk to other people who will give you good advice about winemaking and prevent you from making unnecessary mistakes.
Of course you’ll probably meet other winemakers like you who are just looking out for any hints or tips to get on their way, you’ll also meet a lot of professional winemakers who will be pleased to answer your questions and suggest a number of things which will help you out when you’re making your first batch of wine.
They will know which grapes are the best to use depending on how you want your wine to taste. They will also be able to make recommendations as to the type of wine that you should try to make for your first winemaking efforts. These people will also be able to discuss the benefits of making use of sugar over wine conditioners. They’ll recommend the fruits which make the best wine and which ones can be used a whole lot more often because of how cheap they are to buy.From communicating to people in chat rooms, you can easily learn a lot about what works and what won’t.
You also understand what you can try or avoid with your first foray into the world of winemaking. You’ll be informed about everything from the details about the kind of bottles to be used to where you can purchase labels which have been preprinted. You’ll also be told about the best sort of equipment to start your efforts with. This is great because you don’t want to spend a fortune more than you should on purchasing winemaking equipment.
If you join winemaking chatrooms, you’ll be able to talk to as many people as possible in order to learn what you have to and get started with your first winemaking attempts. Other than this you can easily make some new friends who share the same interests that you have.
Posted on 02 April 2011.
www.wandillawine.com A video detailing the equipment needed to make wine at home from kits.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
www.wandilla.com Opening the kit and mix up the ingredients for the primary fermentation stage.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Posted on 12 February 2011.
winemakingmadeeasy.weebly.com The basic equipment needed for making homemade wines. Large Saucepan Primary fermentation vessel Secondary fermentation vessel Sieve Collander Funnel Wooden spoon Juicer Scales Plastic tubing If I’ve forgotten anything let me know. I’m not an expert just an enthusiastic experimenter who enjoys the results of my labour. I hope to have some recipes up soon.
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Posted on 27 January 2011.
This is a question that is often asked by wine enthusiasts. How many people truly enjoy making and bottling their own wine? Is there really a market for the supplies and where can those who want to make their own wine go to purchase these supplies? In short, wine making has become increasingly popular. While it can be easier to go the local store and grab a couple of bottles of two buck chuck, imagine how much fun it can be to open a bottle for your friends that you make on your own.
Why Wine Making is Popular
• Cost – While it is not much more costly to make a gallon of wine than it is to purchase it, there is a sense of accomplishment when the fermentation and aging periods are over and you can actually drink your mature wine. The cost of the ingredients can actually be more than a gallon of wine, but the equipment is going to set you back initially.
• Ease – There are some wines that are incredibly easy to start off with. Mead and red wines are two of the easiest wines to make at home and are great wines for the beginning wine makers to try. There are recipes that are going to be more difficult that you can move on to after learning the easy ones.
• Versatility – When making your own wine, you have more diversity in the ingredients that are being used in it. Making a white wine with a peach flavor is quite easy when you have the technique down. While you may be able to purchase a peach flavored wine at a store, you can control what type of peaches and how many are used.
How to Get Started
• Purchase the Equipment – You are going to have to spend a bit of money initially on the equipment that is going to be used to prepare, ferment and distill the wine. This is going to be a one-time cost and can be figured out in the overall cost of making many bottles of your own vino.
• Find Wine Making Recipes – There are many places on the Internet that offer easy to difficult wine making recipes. Start with the easy ones and then work your way up to the hard ones so you are not going to be disappointed and give up on your adventure.
• Be Patient – The only way that you are going to be able to allow all the steps of wine making to get done is to be patient. If you rush any step, you are not going to have a good end product. Give the wine time to mature; this is the longest step in the process and the most important.
Posted on 23 January 2011.
So you have made the choice to start making wine from home but now you need to know where to go next. You have been all over the Internet looking for recipes and you have found the ones that you want to work with. All you need now are the supplies for making your own brand of homemade wine. There are not only supplies, but equipment that is needed too. Once you learn this, you can be fully prepared for your wine making.
Where to Purchase Equipment
Most equipment can be found at your local department store. Large pans, stirrers and funnels can all be purchased at a lower price by just going to the discount store. Other supplies such as wine jugs can be reused from old jugs that are sitting around the home or can be purchased new. Some supplies are going to have to be purchased from either an online or local wine supply store.
Discount Store Purchases
• Stir Stick
• Tubing or Hose
• Campden Tablets
Where to Purchase Supplies
Once you have all the equipment, you are going to want to purchase the actual supplies for making the wine. There are a few places where you can find the items necessary for making a great tasting wine. Each component is going to be purchased at different spots but many can be found at your local grocery store.
• Fruits – Grapes and other fruits can be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market if there is one in your area. It is best to choose the fruits yourself and make sure that they are ripe before using for wine. There are online stores that sell grapes that are specifically made for producing wine for those who want a more authentic taste. When fresh fruits are not convenient, frozen fruit or frozen concentrated juice is going to work as long as they are not loaded down with sugar.
• Honey – Honey is a natural sweetener that can be used in place of sugar or can be used on its own when making a mead wine. When purchasing honey, it can be wise to purchase this online as there is going to be more variety than you are going to find at your local grocery store. Honey is produced by bees and each honey type is going to reflect the taste of the pollen from the plants that the bees service. Clover honey comes from bees that pollinate clover and so on.
Any item or ingredient that cannot be found at the grocery or discount store can be found at the local wine maker shop. If there is not one nearby, then the Internet can be a great resource for purchasing wine making supplies.
Posted on 17 January 2011.
Most at home wine making recipes come with a list of equipment but there are certain items that are going to be needed no matter what type of wine is being made. Without this equipment, you are not going to get the best quality of wine when you are making it at home.
• 2 or 3 One Gallon Glass Jugs – These jugs need to be sterilized with either hot water or Campden tablets. The tablets should be dissolved in water in order to activate them for use. Keep the water in a sealed jar for future use. When all else fails, mild bleach water can work for sterilization as long as it is rinsed off any of the objects it is sterilizing.
• Airlocks – These allow for a tight seal on the jug while the wine is fermenting. They are great because they also allow the gas to be released during the process. If you do not have this set up, you can also use plastic wrap with a rubber band to create a tight seal.
• Funnel – It is important to use a funnel that has only been used in the kitchen. Any funnels that are used for your vehicles should be avoided. Spend the couple extra dollars and get a funnel that is to be used in the kitchen only. Make sure it is sterilized.
• Stirring Rod – This also needs to be sterilized and should be long enough to get to the bottom of the jug. Long chopsticks will work or you can use a wood dowel that has been purchased from the DIY store.
• Three or Four Feet of Rubber Hose – This should be sterilized as well, but do not use hot water on it as this can break down the rubber. The tubing is going to be used to rack the wine one or two times during the fermentation process. It needs to be clean and durable. This can be found at home improvement stores or wine making stores.
The previous is a basic list of equipment that is going to be needed to make wine. If you prefer the green method of boiling water to sterilize items, then you should also have a huge pot of boiling water such as the largest stock pot you can find. It needs to be large enough to hold the gallon jugs with water just covering them. They need to boil for at least fifteen minutes to be considered sterile.
When you have the right equipment and the know-how, you can ensure that your wine making attempts will be successful. You can create your own wine at home that you will be proud to tell others about and even have your guests taste.
Posted on 10 January 2011.
Wine making has become quite the rage for many people. There is something very special when a homemade bottle of wine is decanted and shared with friends. All types of wine can be made at home and can be used for either drinking or cooking just as with the wines you would get from the grocery or liquor store. The types of fruits and sugars are going to determine the types of wines you are going to end up with. Many may want to experiment with different types of fruits and grapes to get some different flavor profiles.
Cost of Wine Making From Home
• Equipment – Most of the equipment is already on hand in the kitchen. There may be other supplies that are needed but most are not going to spend more than fifty dollars on the equipment needed for a wine making hobby.
• Supplies – As with the equipment, the supplies are not going to run an arm and a leg depending on what type of wine that is being made and the time of year. Choose seasonal fruits to save a few dollars when grapes are out of season. When making mead, the cost of the honey can be the main expense but keep in mind that you are not going to be using any sugar so this added cost can be mitigated by the lack of sugar use.
Time Required for Making Wine
• Actual Wine Brewing – This is going to be the quickest part of the wine making process. In the time it takes for water to boil, you are going to have your fruit juice ready for fermentation. Set aside an hour to disinfect all of the tools and to get all the equipment together.
• Fermentation – This time frame depends on the amount of sugar and yeast that is used when making the wine. The more yeast and sugar, the longer the fermentation process. It is vital to allow this process to complete before racking the wine for storage.
• Aging the Wine – This can take from six months to a year depending on the type of wine you are making. Some recipes do not need any aging at all to produce a drinkable table wine. In most cases though, a year is going to be the standard maturity rate and most wines are going to benefit from this time they are left to age.
The most important thing to remember when starting a wine making hobby is that you need to have patience. Wine takes time and if you do not allow for the proper amount of time for the wine to ferment and age, you are going to have either sour wine or vinegar.
Posted on 05 September 2010.
The autosiphon is a piece of winemaking equipment that helps transport wine from one container to another. Learn more about autosiphons with expert tips from a wine maker in this free video about how to make wine. Expert: John Brack Contact: www.AustinHomebrew.com Bio: John Brack has been brewing his own beer and wine for more than 15 years, and has been on-staff with Homebrew Supply for more than 11 years. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA
Posted on 11 July 2010.
Of all the areas of winemaking that must be studied, one of the most essential is the area of racking. The racking process is what is done in order to have a clear wine that can be bottled. Bits which are left floating about are usually called the lees. These bits must usually be removed in order to allow the wine taste and look better. Nobody (and this especially refers to people who are buying wine) wants to drink wine which has different unknown elements floating in it. Lees or bits may be anything from dead yeast to other things such as dirt and pieces of skin and stems which get into the wine in the process of winemaking.
Racking can be done by taking wine from one bottle and placing it in another one without taking the sediments along with it. Several techniques can be employed in this process; one of these techniques is where wine is siphoned from one bottle to the other. You should then stop the bits as they come closer to the neck of the bottle. After this you should do it again when some months have passed and some time before you bottle the wine as well.
You should repeat this process for the number of times that it will take to clear out the wine. If you still have the sediments after a couple of months, you should repeat the process again and do some waiting before the last bottling process. However you should ensure that you don’t do it that often. You should make sure that it isn’t done more than once every three weeks or so.
Bits may be left to sit for three months if you feel that this suits you best. What you should ensure is that you do not bottle your wine with lees remaining at the bottom. Whatever these sediments are, they may be rotting in your wine and this can affect the flavor of your wine in a way that is very detrimental to everything else. Your wine may be smell and taste bad due to these lees. If you’re the sort that prefers to leave the lees alone for a while, make sure you stir it weekly. This won’t affect the flavor but it will enhance it just as long as it is stirred often. You can also rack your wine if you feel that you have received enough advantages from the lees. When the wine is being racked you should be careful and reduce the contact that it has with the air.
When you have purchased your winemaking equipment you will notice that other than the kit that can be purchased, a lot of other pieces exist which can do a number of other things. You can purchase a number of items which will help you along with the racking process but then again you may not want to do this if this is your first time of making wine. This is because you may not be sure if you want to repeat the winemaking process again. It may just be a one time thing.
Posted on 08 July 2010.
Heaters and brew belts are an important part of winemaking equipment. Learn more about heaters and brew belts with expert tips from a wine maker in this free video about how to make wine. Expert: John Brack Contact: www.AustinHomebrew.com Bio: John Brack has been brewing his own beer and wine for more than 15 years, and has been on-staff with Homebrew Supply for more than 11 years. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA
Posted on 25 June 2010.
Basic winemaking equipment includes secondary fermenters, which reduce the wines surface area. Discover more about secondary fermenters with expert tips from a wine maker in this free video about how to make wine. Expert: John Brack Contact: www.AustinHomebrew.com Bio: John Brack has been brewing his own beer and wine for more than 15 years, and has been on-staff with Homebrew Supply for more than 11 years. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA
Posted on 17 June 2010.
Making wine on a budget can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience, provided that one knows what one is doing. There is a certain satisfaction that comes from gathering all of your own fruit and grapes, then processing them into wine; the novice vintner may find it very efficient and more cost effective to invest money into a winemaking kit for their first few batches.
Most winemaking websites and supply stores have these kits for purchase, and they will include all you need to successfully make a good batch of wine. There are even kits available for mead, specialty and herbal wines. This way is a great way to begin a good batch with all of your ingredients together in place.
If you want to get your fruit and other ingredients in your own area of the country, farmer’s markets are an ideal place to save a ton of money. These markets are a place for local farmers and fruit growers to come sell their produce and are very popular during the summer months.
Since you are not paying for the supply chain and other cost associated with chain grocery stores, you can get a lot of fruit for pennies on the dollar as opposed to what you pay at a store. This is also a great way to support the local community of farmers in your area.
In my own area, I have seen a number of people who start their home winemaking operation by ordering their supplies online. While this is highly convenient, it is probably not the most cost effective way of acquiring fruit and supplies. At a local store, you can find most of the supplies you need without having to pay shipping costs, and it’s much easier to shop in your local area and find good deals.
There are numerous ways to save money by doing the above steps. Wine making in this way is not only fulfilling, fun and give one a lot of satisfaction, it also provides for cost effective solutions in wine making that most people would either overlook or not see when making their own wine at home.
Posted on 11 June 2010.
Winemaking equipment includes Vinbrite filters, which is the most basic kind of filtration system. Learn more about Vinbrite filters withexpert tips from a wine maker in this free video about how to make wine. Expert: John Brack Contact: www.AustinHomebrew.com Bio: John Brack has been brewing his own beer and wine for more than 15 years, and has been on-staff with Homebrew Supply for more than 11 years. Filmmaker: MAKE | MEDIA