How to: Make your own wine at home
Whether you’re planning to cater your own Christmas party this year, or you just want to create a family vintage, making your own wine at home can be productive and fun. Home made wine has a unique taste, makes an ideal gift and could also save you cash when it comes to stocking up your cellar. So, how do you do it?
Start with the right equipment
Perhaps the most essential part of making your own wine at home is ensuring that you have the right glass bottles to store it in – like the JBC Online 750ml Bordeaux bottles. The container can have an impact on taste and quality so when you’re preparing your home brewing kit make sure you get glass wine bottles – and bottle caps – that are good quality and fit for purpose. The second most important element is the wine making kit that you choose – look for a kit that will yield around 30 bottles if you’re new to wine making. You should be able to produce a good quality wine that is ready to drink in 4-6 weeks.
How to make your own wine
1. Sterilise everything. Clean kit and utensils are essential if you’re going to be home brewing – sterilising will prevent the wine from getting spoiled and also make sure that you don’t make anyone ill. That means sterilising everything, including the glass wine bottles that you eventually put the wine into for storage.
2. Find somewhere to store the wine where the temperature is fairly constant. A fluctuating temperature is not the optimum so choose a location where it’s going to be steady. The ideal temperature is 21-26°C - although cooler is not a problem, fermentation will just take a little more time.
3. Get your container ready then add water, followed by concentrate and then yeast. It’s the yeast that starts the chain reaction that will turn grape concentrate into alcohol. While this is happening you should see plenty of bubbles travelling through the airlock as the carbon dioxide that has been produced by the reaction escapes.
4. The fermentation stage normally takes around 10 – 15 days, although this could be up to a month depending on the kit you’re using and the wine you’re producing. Once it finishes, at that point, the wine needs to be stabilised so that it won’t start fermenting again.
5. Once the wine is stabilised then you can add the finings to the wine to clear it. The process of clearing the wine usually takes another week on top of the fermentation stage.
6. Siphon off the sediment from the wineand then transfer it into the glass wine bottles you’ve prepared for your home brew.
7. Seal the glass bottles. The sealing is an essential part of the process, whether you choose to use corks, caps or screw tops.
8. Leave the wine to mature for as long as you can before opening and enjoying. You should aim to leave the wine for at least four weeks – although it can be drunk sooner, anything less might not produce an optimum taste as a result. The longer you can age the wine the better – anything up to a year is ideal.
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