Posted on 12 August 2012.
Posted on 27 January 2012.
www.wandillawine.com The secondary fermenters under the stairs.
More on homemadewine.com where I’ve detailed specific equipment and supplies you’ll need for making wine at home. This video is of one batch of Cabernet I’d made at home and you get to meet my dad virtually who is enjoying the glass of finished product in this video! The bubbling, fermenting wine is called “must” and seems to sing and makes my kitchen smell incredible!
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Posted on 11 October 2011.
www.wandillawine.com Two batches of wine, six gallons each fermenting in the closet under our stairs. Complete steps of making wine easy and cheap will posted in a series of videos. These two batches are a Cabernet Merlot blend and a Pinot Grigio. These wines are made from wine kits.
In the second part of the wine making series, we learn the importance of racking your wine into a second container once your wine has been fermenting for a week or so. Richard covers all the important points, to help you get the very best out of your wine kit.
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Posted on 02 April 2011.
www.wandillawine.com A video detailing the equipment needed to make wine at home from kits.
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www.wandilla.com Opening the kit and mix up the ingredients for the primary fermentation stage.
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Posted on 09 March 2011.
www.wandillawine.com The primary fermentation is complete. We’ve brought the primary fermentation bucket out from under the stairs and will rack (transfer) the wine to carboys for the secondary fermentation.
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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 19 March 2010.
What does a wine cellar do? Think before you answer, because you need to be absolutely certain of the purpose of a wine cellar before you begin to build a wine cellar of your own. Increasingly, given the rising number of wine aficionados around the world, a residential wine cellar is gaining ground as a status symbol for both the mature connoisseur as well as the entry-level enthusiast, but its utility extends far beyond that.
Essentially, a wine cellar is a storage space that protects wine from potentially damaging external influences. Because wine is a natural, perishable food product, it is vulnerable to exposure mainly from heat, light, and humidity. However, if stored properly, wines not only retain their quality, but also improve with regard to aroma, flavor, and richness as they mature.
Building your own wine cellar
Before you begin, remember that the ideal wine cellar must provide constant temperature, humidity, and darkness. Add to that well-ventilated and clean surroundings, and your favorite Chardonnay and Cabernet are in good hands. So what are the basic steps to keep in mind?
- The more you research, the better your chances of building the perfect wine cellar. The Internet offers a vast number of sites that offer wine cellar kits. Prices for these kits may range from USD 2000 to about 4000, but that’s a slightly conservative estimate, and process can increase depending on the quality of your wine cellar racks. Bottom line: don’t scrimp on costs because ultimately, your expensive wines will suffer.
- Depending on the size of your house, you may choose to place your wine cellar below or above ground. Obviously, those with larger houses can accommodate wine cellars above ground, but the basement is the safest bet because it will support the combined weight of the cooler and the racks.
- Your area selected, begin work on insulation. All inner walls must have at least R-11 insulation while outer walls and the ceiling must have at least R-19. If you choose the basement, a vapor barrier with a concrete sealant over it will be adequate for the floor. The vapor barrier usually a 6mm polyethylene plastic sheet should face outward (the ‘warm’ side of the cellar), as opposed to the ‘cold’ side. This is something you have to be careful of: if the sheeting faces inward, damp will set in and damage the walls.
- Next, install a door. The ideal door must be solid, windowless, and insulated NOT wooden, because they are not adequately insulated. Also ensure that the weather stripping is adequate and the door is airtight.
- A very important step is to place the cooler, which is ideally placed at the back of the area for aesthetic purposes! Typically, the cooler should be placed between crosswise boards about 6 inches down from the ceiling.
- Finally, finish the walls and lights. Use a drywall to finish off the walls and cover up with durable strip paneling. When installing the lights, avoid recessed lights because they make the cellar less than airtight. Aim for simplicity and you’ll be ok. But remember, light switches are best placed outside, or else they get in the way of your wine racks.
Posted on 18 March 2010.
When looking at home wine making, there are many pros and cons to using a home wine making kit. This article will discuss both in an attempt to highlight those pros and cons.
Some of the pros to using a home wine making kit are basic in that the home wine making kit provides instructions for the inexperienced wine maker. They are very often easy to use and come with all the necessary chemicals needed to make a fortified wine. They are also quite inexpensive. This helps the wine grower in producing many wines in a short period if he or she wishes to sell the wine when done fermenting and bottling.
The home wine making kit also provides a system for producing a quality product that provides for all the needs of the wine maker. The actual juice for the kit comes in concentrated form, which you then would reconstitute, and the winemaking follows a very simple process outlined in the detailed instructions included with each kit. The wine is usually bottled after six to ten weeks. This provides a quick turnaround time for the wine maker.
Some of the drawbacks of using a wine kit are numerous. The main complaint or con to making wine from a kit is that the kit wine tends to lack some of the depth and intensity of wines made from fresh or frozen fruit, since the juice usually comes from concentrate. Another drawback is that often times certain things will get mixed into the batch that shouldn’t be there out of carelessness or afterthought. Some juices often get mixed in that make the wine too tart or too bland.
Some of the natural juices often can evaporate. Also you have to be careful that you time your wine correctly. A lot of patience is involved in making sure the proper steps are followed and maintained. Also, one must really take the time to watch the mixture in case of problems so the recipe comes out the way it should.
All in all, the pros and cons to wine making with a kit shore up on the positive side as long as you follow the specific directions.
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 …