Homemade winemaking is becoming very popular in today's world. It's now possible to make some very good wine at home if you follow some basic steps. One of the easiest things you can do is get the best wine making kit available.
The Winemaking Process
Once you’ve gathered all of your supplies and ingredients together, it is time to brew some homemade wine! Here are some step-by-step instructions to follow:
- Sterilize every single thing you are planning on using. This includes your wine container, bottles, stirrer, funnel, and any other equipment you are using. Everything must be completely clean and sterile or else the wine will not come out correctly.
- Pour one half of the juice into your large container and one pound of sugar into the container using the funnel. Shake well to ensure that the sugar dissolves into the juice. Do this again, adding another pound of sugar.
- Pour the yeast packet and sulfite into the bottle and mix well.
- Pour in more juice until there is about three to four inches of space between the liquid and the neck or top of the bottle. Yeast can cause the mixture to expand a bit, and you do not want it to overflow.
- Mix the entire thing together thoroughly for about two minutes using your sterilized stirrer.
- Attach your airlock to the bottle. Be sure if you’re using a balloon to affix the balloon very tightly using several rubber bands so it will not pop off.
- Once the ingredients are properly mixed and your airlock is attached, it is time to allow the wine to ferment. Store it in a cool, dark place where temperatures range between 65 and 75 degrees. Keep it out of the way of children and pets.
- Check on the wine periodically for any leaks; if the airlock becomes loose, re-tighten it. Your wine should sit for about four to five weeks to allow complete fermentation. The wine should turn from cloudy to clear as it ferments.
- Using the sanitized turkey baster, take some wine from the container and taste it. If it is too bitter, you can add more sugar to the mixture to taste.
- After the wine has fermented and tastes good, it is time to move it to bottles. Make sure the bottles and caps are completely sterilized. Using the PVC tubing to siphon the wine from the large container, put the wine into each bottle and seal it completely tight.