Posted on 21 August 2012.
Posted on 27 December 2011.
The winemaking industry is a global one and as such the industry is very large. In the United States alone, California is responsible for 90% of the wine which is consumed there. The reasons for this being that the California climate is excellent for the growth of grapes, optimal conditions for the growth of wine include a growing season of at least a 100 days and temperatures which do not exceed 95F during the day and 40F at night. Though a lot of wine is made in the United States, they only export five percent of the amount which is sold around the world.
The making of wine for public consumption is guided by a large number of rules and regulations which must be followed explicitly. One of these is that wine which isn’t classified as a blend but consists for more than one grape should have a least 75% top 85% of a particular grape type, so it is not called a blended wine. The whole point here is not that there is something bad in wine being blended but the fact that the public must be duly informed. A number of blended wines exist and these wines include some of the most expensive wines that exist in the world today.
Certain grapes which are bred by vineyards are termed hybrids, what this means is that they are created by genetic manipulation and the combination of two grape varieties. The winemakers feel that these properties are worth combining due to the fact that having both types together tends to give better pulp or sweeter juice which thrives under different conditions. In addition to this, hybrids tend to grow effectively in cooler climates. American legislation explicitly forbids hybrid wine from being made into wine that is sold publicly; rather these grapes are used for jams and grape juice as well.
Grapes may also be grafted and grafting is a means through which different grape varieties are combined together and grown on one vine. The need for this is in order to create grapes which are resistant to diseases such as phylloxera. This method of growing for resistance is used in a large number of wine growing countries.
Due to all the different flavors that are made by winemakers, so many things tend to influence these wines, this usually starts with the kinds of grapes which are used but this is only the beginning. The places where the grapes are grown will also influence their overall quality. Another thing which may influence the quality of the grapes and ultimately the wine, is a method called pasteurization. What is done here is that the grape juice has all the natural yeast within it destroyed so that only those which are specifically needed are used in the process of winemaking. A number of other things may be added to the wine which influence and may change the flavor.
Over the years, winemakers tend to try various methods and learn from trial and error in order to know what creates a great wine. You are bound to experience this sort of thing when you start out in winemaking. Be prepared for successes as well as failures.
Posted on 11 July 2010.
How to make inexpensive wines from common grocery store items
Not every one of us can afford to have a glass of good wine on our tables with our meals. However, if it were possible, everybody would love to the accompaniment of this beverage. Wine is a drink that has celebrated from time immemorial. There are records that show it brewing and presence on the favorite list from the time man has learnt to cultivate his food.
This beverage is highly recommended for consumption for men, women and even children. The red grape wine in particular has shown some exceptional aging reversal properties, as well as many medical benefits if taken regularly because it is extremely rich in antioxidants.
For those who cannot buy wine, all is not lost. Anyone can make a reasonably good wine with ingredients of your kitchen shelf. This article will show you how to do this. With a little practice you will be able to brew your own inexpensive wine which in taste can compete with the best.
What you will need for your home-made wine
Roll up your sleeves and get ready to make wine
Keep trying – I’ve had so much fun over the past 15 years just experimenting with different methods and I’ll encourage you to also. First – keep with your recipes and tips step by step and then start creating your own concoctions – it’s a blast! Please bookmark and share this site – THANKS!
Posted on 14 May 2010.
This article provides for tips as to how ferment your own wine at home. The actual fermentation process that is involved in wine making is based around a chemical reaction which occurs when turning raw grape juice into an alcoholic beverage called wine. Some consideration should be taken into account when considering the exact timing and lengths of the fermentation process prior to beginning. This is mainly a way to protect the final integrity of the product and the wine itself.
A seasoned vintner will have a specific plan in motion before starting the process. Yeast will interact with natural sugars in the fruit juice during the fermentation process creating ethanol, also known as ethyl alcohol. It also creates carbon dioxide as off product. The temperature and timing of the fermentation process is of great importance when fermenting the wine. Great care should be taken to avoid risks of stuck fermentation. It causes a delay in the fermentation process. When stuck fermentation happens it usually delays the process anywhere from five to fifteen days time. This is crucial for the home made wine maker in making a quality product. It could change the entire batch of wine and could produce vinegar if left unchecked.
This drawback of stuck fermentation is usually caused by a number of influences. It happens due to a lack of nutrient content needed in order for yeast to complete its fermentation process. Another cause of this is often low temperatures, or fluctuating temperature changes causing the yeast to stop fermenting early. Finally the alcohol percentage rate could have grown too high as a result of the type of yeast selected to be used in the fermentation process.
The majority of fermentation is often done in stainless steel tanks, open wooden vats, inside wine barrels, or inside the wine bottle itself as seen in the production of many types of sparkling and brut wines. For the home making vintner, these concerns are not large concerns. But often fermenting wine at home will mean a little bit more effort and work from the maker and usually this work is crucial to making a quality wine product.
Posted on 09 May 2010.
Before you begin your first batch of wine, it is a good idea to understand something of the background of wine and the basics of winemaking. Today there are certainly many kits which can be purchased which will walk you step by step through the process of winemaking. Even so, you may find that you enjoy and appreciate the results all the more for understanding the background of each step.
Wine is produced by fermenting grapes that have been freshly harvested. While many people today have taken up an interest in winemaking, the actual process of making wine has remained relatively unchanged over the years.
As we all know, yeast is essential to the fermentation process as part of making wine. Yeast actually grows on grape skins and then begins to automatically ferment the grape juice as the grapes are crushed. This begins the process of turning the grapes into wine. The combination of grape skins and grape juice is known as the must. When the mixture is in this phase of immersion it is known as maceration. This is one of the most important stages of winemaking, especially when making red wines. The actual color of red wine is obtained not from the juice inside the grapes but from the color of the grape skins. The juice inside all grapes, regardless of the skin color of the grape, is actually clear. In order for red wines to obtain their dark color they must extract the color from the skin of the grape. This is why black grapes are commonly used for the production of red wines. Conversely, light colored grapes are used for the production of white wines.
During the actual fermentation process, the natural fruit sugar that is contained within the grapes undergoes a conversion process into equal parts of carbon dioxide and alcohol. As this process continues, heat is released. It is for this reason that stainless steel fermenters that can be temperature controlled are commonly used for the production of rather delicate white wines. This prevents the wine from ‘cooking.’
The ripeness of the grapes and the sugar content contributes to the level of alcohol that is produced during the fermentation process. The time at which the fermentation process is stopped can also contribute to the alcohol level as well.
The dusty look of grapes, frequently referred to as their bloom, is produced by yeasts. The skins of grapes contain what is known as vinegar bacteria. Once exposed to air, vinegar bacteria can spoil new wine quite quickly. As a result, it is necessary to eliminate wild yeasts in order to avoid ruining the taste and the aroma of the wine. Winemakers use a centuries old process of utilizing sulfur dioxide to kill the vinegar bacteria as well as slow the growth of other bacteria and molds in the wine. Sulfites can also help to cease the browning or oxidation of wine as well as preserve its flavor.
Generally, the amount of sulfur dioxide that is used in the winemaking process is quite small. Typically, only between 60 and 125 parts per million are used. It is important to understand that even if no sulfur dioxide is added to the wine, there will still be some sulfites present in the wine due to the fact that they will be produced from fermenting yeasts. This is why all wines that are purchased in the United States contain the label “Contains Sulfites” on the bottle.
Posted on 12 February 2010.
For many people, the art of home wine making is a true art form. Home wine making can be not only satisfying and fun but also a great culinary learning experience for those who want to try their hand at making their own vintages.
You may have heard that the actual word “wine” could be only used to describe grape juice that has been fermented and stored. In actuality, many home wine makers ferment wines of fantastic quality from other fruits; sometimes even using flowers and vegetables in the process as well.
There is a large difference in the price between home wines and wines made by commercial wineries. You can actually make six bottles of wine for the price of one bottle you would normally buy at a spirits store. The main reason home wine making is such a great idea comes from the fact that there is a real satisfaction in creating an enjoyable wine through your own efforts.
Home made wines are called “country wines”, because they use ingredients from tree and plants found in the country. Many fruits are used in the wine making process. Elderberries, sloes, blackberries, loganberries, rosehips, plums and so on are primary ingredients of home-made wine. Surprising as it is, home made wines can also be made out of ordinary plants found in any backyard. Flower petals are also used in home made wine making, the most well-known flower being the elderflower.
For those who live in the center of a busy city or town, home made wine making with these kinds of materials is easy and fun; there are several home winemaking stores which supply wine making equipment, canned and dried ingredients, as well as helpful advice. This is a real benefit and another plus for people who really don’t know how to make wines and just want to make small batches and try their hand at wine making. Its also fascinating for the wine maker, because he or she could add other fruits and vegetables to augment the certain textures, characters and blends to taste for the finished product.
Making wine at home is a fun and creative hobby, that being the most important good idea. It is a hobby which provides extreme satisfaction and one that has very few limitations.
Posted on 08 December 2009.
Wine contains from two to four times as much alcohol as beer. Most of the wine is made in : California, France, and Germany because grapes grow better in these countries than elsewhere. Wine may be made from the juice of any fruit, but the grape is generally used. The grapes after being picked are thrown into large tubs and crushed so that the juice runs out. The wild yeast always present on the grape skins begins to grow in the juice and change some of the sugar into alcohol. This work of the yeast lasts from one to eight weeks. At the end of that time, the grape juice has become a kind of poor wine, consisting of alcohol, water, grape flavor, and some acid. To make the wine good it must be drawn off into casks, where the yeast causes further changes during several weeks. It is then put into bottles, where it should remain about five years to get the right flavor.
Posted on 31 August 2009.
www.FreeGuideToSecrets.com Wine Making Kits: Produce the Best Wine at Home Because the list of occasions that merits the presence of wine is practically endless, there is now a renewed interest on producing the wine at home. Doing so will allow anyone to produce a wine that will suit their tastes. In this aspect, wine making kits are at the forefront to provide everyone the opportunity to become a wine maker. This is because wine making kits are now sold in the same manner that home appliances are. Common Items in Wine Making Kits Wine making kits include several items. These include the following: Fruit wine bases Fruit wine bases are essentially a certain type wine in concentrated form. All that a budding wine maker needs to do is to add ingredients to it such as water and sugar to produce wine. Wine enhancers A concentrated grape juice, they are added to wine before bottling, enhancing the wine’s aroma. However, because they may contain fermentable sugars, stabilizers must be added to the mix as well. Bottles The proper bottles must be selected to resist the fermenting action of the yeast such as in the case of sparkling wine. A bottle of inferior quality may burst at the pressure exerted. Racks The proper racks must be in hand to make sure that the bottled wines will be stored properly and the fermentation process will go on unhampered. The Benefits Wine Making Kits Bring Wine making kits benefits everyone in different ways. To some, the most obvious benefit is that …