Posted on 05 August 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 31 May 2012.
For those who are interested in making homemade wine, there are a number of ways to do so. You can hop off to the Internet and learn about recipes for the different types of wines which make use of different fruits in other to get their particular base. After this then you should select the particular wine that you want to make and get a recipe so you can begin. Alternatively you can easily purchase books, videos or DVDs which will teach you how wine is made. At the library you can also spend a huge amount of hours taking stock of the library books and making notes until you have heard all the things that are possible about the winemaking procedure.
You can also talk to people who have been making wine successfully for a long time and this would usually be in the case where you have tasted some wonderful wine that they made and you want this experience for yourself. If you find yourself with enough time on your hands, you can also opt for winemaking classes at a local institution or one which offers its courses online.
The art of winemaking has become very popular and so much so that courses at the university which offer to teach people about winemaking exist. Other things that can be discovered here are the types of grapes which are used to make certain types of wine and which types of these grapes you should grow. These courses are things you take all year round but lighter courses which will still earn you credits. Other more complete courses also exist where you will learn everything from wine growth, chemical reactions to the financial facts necessary to maintain a wine business. These courses may even teach about the comparisons between large wineries and smaller ones and they also give you the tax advantages and accounting strategies which are necessary for the running of any business.
People who want to learn how to make wine just for themselves also have courses which cater to them. Not only can you find classes which will teach you how to make wine, but if your enroll you will have at least a minimum of sixty bottles of wine just to prove that you have attended the course. These courses are so simple and they cost less than a hundred dollars but you should probably factor in an extra fifty, in order to account for associated costs such as ingredients, bottles and some other stuff which may be needed.
Some institutions offering these courses will even permit you to utilize their cellar space in order to allow your wine ferment more conveniently. Encouragement and assistance will also be provided to enable you design a label for your foray into the world of winemaking.
Another thing that these classes will teach other than making grape wine is the art of making fruit wine. While some of these classes will be at university level, not all will be, most will be provided by community colleges and community centers. If you aren’t up for joining any of these efforts however, you can simply stay at home instead of taking a winemaking class. You also have the options of distance learning and purchasing your own winemaking kits.
Posted on 04 January 2012.
A few nice homemade wine images I found:
homemade! with love!
Image by newneonunion
Mr. Lloyd made the wine!
Image by nineminutes
The kids got really excited about the countdown to the new year last night. They cheered and K said “I can’t believe I made it to 2012!” – very dramatic. R liked the live singing afterwards – he was dancing to LMFAO & Will. I. Am. & even though I have no idea who those people are I appreciated their songs for inspiring R to dance like crazy.
Today we had dinner with my parents & then went to D’s grandparents. I made bread stuffed with collards and roasted garlic & B got to see his cousin Anna who he loves, loves, loves a lot (according to him). It was a good first day of 2012.
I’m attempting another Project 365. I didn’t miss a day in 2010 and really enjoyed it. I made it to April last year but stopped because life got too crazy. Things are still crazy, but I want to make time for this, for myself, so I think I can make it work. In 2010, I did the 365 with my D40 and now I’ve got my D90 that I need to get to know better, so I think I’ve got some good reasons to make it happen this time around.
Posted on 16 March 2011.
With feedback from the original Homemade Wine video, I’ve created a newer version of the jingle video that includes pictures of my personal winemaking experiences, including a cameo by my dad!
Posted on 06 January 2011.
Homemade wine – tastes so fine! Working up a jingle for this website, what do you think?
Posted on 04 December 2010.
Ever thought what benefits you can reap by making your own homemade wine?
Making wine is an art that is thousands of years old and the process has been handed down by generations. In this modern age we can make our own wine with the right tution.
We will explain how this can be done very easily with house hold items that you have in your own kitchen
#1 BENEFIT Make Wine from other Fruits rather than Grapes
Why would we make our own wine rather than buying. It might seem to be a big hassle when we could just take a walk to the super market and buy a bottle. I will tell you it is all in the process of getting started,doing something different,something you have never tackled before. Most of the wine we buy is made of grapes. If you can think of some of the wines and liquers you can make from all the berries and fruits that are around you, even Orange wine, Peach wine, just to mention a few. Can you imagine tasting some of them thet you made yourself.
#2 BENEFIT Fine Acheivment
That would be such a fine acheivment, to make something worthwhile out of some fruit you picked this morning, Like the 6 or 7 stalks of rhubarb from the corner. And now you can taste your own wine that you have nurtured. You can be proud that you have made wine by your own hand through all the processes till you can pull the cork and pour it in the glass.
#3 BENEFIT A New Hobby
It might just be for a hobby you start to make your own wine ,”Good on You” because once you get hooked you will be making more and more wine and liquers. There is actually no end of what you an make. I have got here recipes for Vermouth, Cherry Brandy wine, Sloe Gin wine, Red Curacao wine, Tangerine wine, Loganberry wine, Elderberry Claret, just to metion a few.
#4 BENEFIT Friends are Envious of Your Achievments
When you have a party and have freinds round you will be popular not to mention the envy. You will give them something to talk about to their neighbors and freinds. All the different wines that you make by your own hands, you can be proud.
#5 BENEFIT A Stock of wine You can be Proud Of
Imagine a year from now how many different bottles of wine you could have made, The loft will be full. A good idea is to put 2 bottles away out of each batch that you have made and by the end of the year you will have a great selection of your own wines. By doing this as well you are letting it mature and will taste a lot better.
#6 BENEFIT No Need to buy Wine Again
And think about that, you will never have to buy another bottle of wine again as you will have you own wine cellar to pick and choose from
Now that you have read through the 6 Benefits to You making you own wine, don’t forget about it, do something about it. Can’t you smell the aroma and taste your own wine with all the different fruits that are a round you. the envy of your friends and the self gratification of the making of your own wine.
Posted on 04 December 2010.
The database I’ve maintained for over a decade is intact, but I need to find a PHP programmer to help me get it installed into this new WordPress version of the site – until I do you can access it from this link
Posted on 10 October 2010.
Wine contraption made from simple homemade items and a little ingenuity.
Posted on 11 July 2010.
This list includes 6 Homemade Wine Tips You Should Remember…
The following areas are important for your homemade wine making. By following the following areas in detail you will make sure to get your recipe performing like it should.
Marking the volume on your Primary Fermentor:
Fill your 23 litre glass or plastic secondary carboy (11.5 litre if using Selection Special wine varieties) with water. Empty this volume into your Primary Fermentor and mark off the water level.
It is important to keep the fermentation temperature constant (70 – 75°F). Yeast cells are sensitive to temperature.
Sanitizing Your Equipment:
Make sure all utensils and equipment are clean before use. Use a chlorine cleaning agent to sanitize your equipment. We suggest preparing a soaking tub solution made from your sanitizing agent. Instruments such as your wine thief, hydrometer, mixing utensils, and thermometer are constantly used – keep these soaking in solution until you need them and remember to rinse them thoroughly before use.
Be sure to use good quality drinking water.
Racking your wine or beer (from primary fermentor to secondary carboy, or into a bottle) involves the risk of incorporating air into your wine or beer. To minimize the risk of “oxidation”:
When bottling wine, be sure to use quality corks only. Higher quality corks give better protection against oxidation. Longer corks ( min. 1 3/4”) and those with little or no large fissures are preferable. Natural corks are generally better for long term aging. Check with your retailer for more details on the different styles of cork available.
Posted on 12 March 2010.
One of the most common questions you may have when you begin considering making homemade wine is what type of wine you should make. There are certainly plenty of different types of wines from which to choose. Understanding the different types of wines can help you to narrow down the choices and select the type that would be best for your first, or your next, batch of wine.
First, it is important to understand that while wine is generally made from grapes, you can actually use practically any type of vegetable matter to make wine. When grapes are used to make wine, they fall into three categories. They are red, white and rosè; a pinkish white wine.
Red wines are not only different in color from white wines and rosè wines but they also have flavors that are stronger and richer. The exact color of a red wine can vary from russet brown to full red to a dark purple color. It is the skin of the grapes that give red wines their color.
White wines typically have a more delicate flavor. The actual color of white wines can vary from the palest yellow to a deep gold. Some white wines can even have a pale green color.
Rosè wines, also known as blush wines, are made with the same grapes as are used in red wines; however, they are submitted to a much shorter period of contact with the skin of the grapes. This results in a delicate blush color.
There are several different types of well known white wines. Chardonnay is one of the most popular types of white wines along with Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular types of red wines. Other popular reds include Grenache, merlot, pinot noir and Zinfandel.
It is also important to understand the sugar content of wine. Wines with less amounts of sugar are drier. You have probably noted that wines are classified in the store with numbers 1-3. Higher numbered wines have more sugar and are therefore sweeter.
You should also understand the difference between various types of wines and how they are typically served.
Apèfitif wines are commonly served prior to a meal. They are commonly produced in either herbed or non-herbed varieties. The purpose of this type of wine is to stimulate the appetite; however, they are not frequently served with meals.
Table wine is commonly served with dinner at the table. This type of wine is commonly dry and for a very specific purpose. It is meant to compliment the food instead of compete with it. Typically, a white wine is served with white meat while red wine is served with red meat. The reasoning behind this is that white wine flavors tend to subtle in a similar fashion to the flavors of white meats. Red meats are stronger flavored and do well with red wines, which are also stronger flavored. With a rosè, there is more flexibility. If the wine in question is somewhat dry, it will go with either red or white meat.
Dessert wines, of course, are served at dessert because they tend to be quite sweet. When dessert wines are served at other times, the sweetness of the wine can seem to be overwhelming.
After-dinner wines are also sweet; however, they tend to be served as one would guess; after dinner. While after-dinner wines may be spirits they could also be wines that are fermented. Brandy, sherry, port and liqueurs all fall into this category.
Posted on 18 January 2010.
Winemaking can be an extremely satisfying activity and hobby with a wonderful end result that also makes for wonderful gifts. If you have already experimented with brewing ales and beers you may already be familiar with many of the steps associated with the process of making wine. Winemaking is generally the next step for many home brewers. If you have already done some brewing at home, you probably already own much of the equipment that is required and are familiar with the patience and cleanliness that are required in the process.
If this is a completely new process to you; however, and you have not previously done any home brewing then it is important to make sure you understand the role of both patience and cleanliness in the process of successful winemaking.
Cleanliness is one of the most important steps of making wine. If your work area and equipment are not clean you will find that you encounter innumerable problems in the process and the end result will not be successful. One of the keys to producing good wine is to make sure that your equipment as well as your work area is kept very clean and sterile.
Before you begin any new batch of wine you will want to make sure that your equipment has been cleaned and sanitized thoroughly. The most common cause of homemade wine becoming contaminated is equipment that has been poorly cleaned. In fact, it has been estimated that as much as 90% of failures in winemaking can be attributed to poor sanitation.
To avoid this problem, make sure that you sanitize all of your equipment that will touch either the juice or the wine. This can be easily done by rinsing all equipment using a solution of MetaBisulfate. Potassium MetaBisulfate is an active ingredient that is used in Campden tablets; a compound that is frequently used for sanitizing brewing equipment.
Place 3 tablespoons of the compound into a 1-liter container of hot water. If the container is kept tightly sealed and stored at room temperature, the cleaning solution should last up to six months. Using the solution, make sure all equipment is rinsed thoroughly. Next, rinse all equipment with cold water.
Make sure you take the time to clean all equipment before you store it as well as before you take it out of storage before each use. This will help you to avoid any contamination problems and assure that your equipment lasts as long as possible.
In addition, patience is quite important as well. One of the most common mistakes of many new winemakers is a lack of patience. They want to rush through the steps and as a result discover that their wine is not all that it could be. Remember that just because wine is ready to bottle that does not necessarily mean that it is ready to drink. While it is common to be anxious to drink your homemade wine, waiting is well worth the effort. At a minimum, it is usually about a month from the time your wine is bottled before it will be ready to sample. Generally; however, you should wait at least six months before your wines will have developed sufficient character and be ready for drinking. For heavy reds, be prepared to wait at least a year for the wine to improve. While waiting may be difficult, you can be assured that it will be rewarded with a bouquet that is absolutely delicious.
Posted on 02 December 2009.
Winemaking equipment includes PVC shrinks, which make homemade wine look professional. Find out more about PVC shrinks 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
Posted on 17 July 2009.
Picking a wine label is a fun part of the homemade wine process. Find out about the types of wine labels 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