Wine is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages and is often drank at dinner. It can also easily be made at home if you are willing to put a little work in. Try making some wine with your friend or significant other one evening. All you will need is fruit, large food grade plastic tub, electric juicer, yeast, sugar, glass fermentation vessel, plastic tube and sterilizing solution. Here are the steps you can take to make wine at home.
Squeeze Your Fruit
The first thing you will need to do is squeeze your fruit. If you want to squeeze it by hand, you will need to use a plastic container. If you do not want to squeeze your fruit by hand, use an electric juicer to do it. It is best to use an electric juicer if you are squeezing hard fruits.
It is important to add sugar to your fruit juice; doing so will make it taste much more pleasant. For example, if you have one gallon of juice, you can add two pounds of sugar. If you like a drier wine, you can add less sugar.
Add the Yeast
After you have sterilized your carboy with a sterilizing solution and put the sugared fruit juice in the vessel, soften the yeast in warm water for a few minutes. Once you have done that, add the yeast to the fruit juice. Make sure to place an air lock on the vessel.
Wait for Fermentation
After you have prepared the wine, you have to just wait for the fermentation process to finish. Be sure to place your fermentation vessel in a warm place to get the best results. Fermentation will normally take at least nine months, so you have to be patient. If you try to drink the wine after just a couple of months, it will not taste very good. As the fermentation process takes place, you will see a white layer appear at the bottom of the vessel.
Put Your Wine In a Bottle
Once the fermentation process is finished, you can bottle your wine. Be sure to sterilize the corks and bottles before you use them. If you plan on making a lot of wine, be sure to label the bottles with details of the yeast, fruit and date of bottling.
As you can see, making homemade wine is not that difficult at all. It might take a while to ferment, but it will be worth it in the end. You will feel so proud of yourself for making homemade wine. Invite your friends over for dinner and share your wine creation with them. They will be very impressed with your wine making abilities.