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.
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Posted on 29 April 2012.
During aging certain things are done to wine in order to promote its flavor. There is a need to affect the flavor of the wine in a way that will be pleasing to most. Expert wine makers have been doing all this for a very long time and you can do this too. One means that professionals and experts make use of is oak barrels and not just any oak barrels. It is what they do to the barrel which makes the difference. The interior of the barrel is usually toasted but lightly so. Despite this fact, this simple act goes a long way in adding to the flavor of the aging wine, giving it a taste that most people refer to as velvety.
Red wines are usually the ones reserved for this process. Regardless of this fact, not everyone has the ability to make use of oak barrels to age their wine. At least the average person doesn’t have the ability to make use of oak barrels. The point is that they do not make so much wine that they need a barrel to store it and with the limited availability of urban space, we’re least likely to use barrels. Despite all these things, other ways exist through which we can get the necessary flavoring in wine such as you would get with a toasted oak barrel. This is usually done by using oak chips in order to give your wine some flavor. They are called toasted oak chips because thy have been toasted somewhat like the oak barrels and they render the same flavor that the aging of wine in barrels does. These oak chips have also been dried for a huge number of years in order to ensure that no moisture remains in the chips. Two main types of oak chips exist and these are the French and the American versions.
Before using oak chips, you need to boil them for a ten minute period first. They shouldn’t be placed in wine until the wine is ready for aging. As soon as the wine has been placed in bottles and is ready to be racked, some oak chips should be added. Three ounces of oak chips should be placed per five gallons of wine. The wine should be aged for three to nine months depending on the flavor that is sought. Oak chips tend to add to the flavor and they lend it a much heartier taste. Winemakers also tend to recommend that a bottle should be sampled each month to determine how well the process is going.
If toasted American oak chips are being bought, you should expect to pay as much as sixty dollars for ten pounds worth. French chips cost somewhere above fifty dollars and they all come with instructions on how they can be properly used. Care should be taken with the use of oak chips because while some affect your wine positively others give your wine a rather bitter taste due to the presence of tannic acid.
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Posted on 03 April 2012.
If you thought that wine is only for drinking, you need to think again. There are many more uses to wine…
- Drinking wine – Of course, the most common use is still drinking it. However, even here, there are many ways to use. You can have an aperitif wine, which as the name indicates it is supposed to act as an appetizer, and these are usually drank before the meal is served. Then, you will have the red wines which are usually served with dinner – read meat and spicy foods. The red wine can be savored throughout the dinner, because at the end another wine could be served, i.e. the dessert wine. Desert wines are sweeter than normal wines and are consumed along or after the desserts. Lastly, there the white wines too which complement light dishes, such as white meat (fish, chicken). So now you have one type of wine for each type of meals you have, not to mention the several dessert wines!
- Cooking with wine – there are many foods that are enhanced by cooking with wine. The wine used for this purpose will have to be not too flavored and not too blasé. A light dish should use a light wine, and a spicy dish should use a heavy wine so the essence of one is not lost in the other. The best part of wine pairings is to achieve that exact balance between the flavor of the wine and that of the dish that is being cooked.
- Wine in religious connotation – Jews use wine in almost all holidays. On Passover, There is an obligation to drink four cups of wine (or pure grape juice) during the Seder. This applies to both men and women. The Mishnah says that even the poorest man in Israel has an obligation to drink. The Church has use wine as a symbol of Lord Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and crucifixion. A good number of denominations of the Church of Christ (Catholic, Roman Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Baptist, and so on) use the wine to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made for the world.
- Celebrating with wine – Champagne is a world most famous wine meant only for celebrations. There is no wedding, no successful sports event, no grand prix, no real celebration actually without the bubbly, as Champagne is nicknamed. Wherever you go across the globe, Champagne has become synonymous with celebration of a grand event.
- Making vinegar – The regular made out of wine is a lot better than the synthetic vinegar. The wine-vinegar is done with extra care to hold the flavor of the grapes contained, without loosing sight of the ultimate result required. This is why a good vinegar made out of wine possesses the exact balance between sweetness and sourness. The natural vinegar is tastier, healthier and better flavored than any synthetic vinegar available in the market today.
Look at the above list and you will understand how versatile this beverage is. Right from drinking it to cooking in it, it touches our hearts in many ways than one. On e very critical use is the fact the wine keeps us healthy. It is packed with antioxidants, for which people who consume it regularly do away with cardiac problems and aging. Both of these reasons being good enough to become a life-long fan of this wonderful beverage.
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Posted on 22 November 2011.
So many things should be considered about the winemaking process and this is especially true for people who are having their first experience with making their own wine. You have to understand all the necessary things that you need to know about the process of fermentation and all that is required to ensure that your wine ferments properly. One of the most important things that you need is nitrogen and unless you have it, your yeast won’t be able to reproduce at the high rate that is necessary to quicken the process. Yeast also helps in making the wine age a whole lot quicker, it is thus essential to ensure you find the necessary stimulant to ensure that the yeast carries out its job.
What this entails is finding a good supply of nitrogen and the simplest way to do this is to buy yeast nutrients. What this supplement does is that it puts nitrogen into the yeast. It is usually best used along with wines which have been made from grapes or berries. The ingredient which makes the yeast nutrient able to add this much nitrogen is phosphate. Such nutrients also tend to absorb the fatty acids which are in the wine in order to slow down the process of fermentation.
In some cases it is usually best to make use of a yeast energizer as this also helps in putting the needed nitrogen into the yeast but in a different manner. This is done by placing much more nutrients in the yeast followed by just the phosphate which is used up by the yeast nutrient. It also makes use of a different form of phosphate which is known as di-ammonium phosphate including proteins such as Riboflavin, Thiamin and vitamins. It can also be used for various types of winemaking. You should think in terms of wines which have been created from other fruits, vegetables and herbs and as such would need a yeast energizer. They do not have the needed nutrients present in grapes and berry wines so they need some extra boost in order to ferment properly.
Yeast energizer also tends to be useful when the wines which are being made require high alcohol content. When you talk of high alcohol content, it usually refers to anything which is more than 14 percent. It serves to encourage the second phase of fermentation which may sometimes stop for no reason at all. The yeast energizer is what initiates the process. It is what will be used if you need to restart a fermentation process which has come to a complete stop. Mixing with some fresh yeast or a minor amount of wine together with the yeast will start the fermentation process after about 12 hours.
Lipids are also found in yeast and they are another nutrient. When the yeast cells divide, the lipid tends to lessen and make it harder for the yeast to reproduce more of itself. What this means is that the yeast production slows down quickly. By adding a lipid supplement the yeast will grow much faster than expected.
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