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Wine Making Made Easy

You can start your own wine making right in your own home. Many people make wine in their basements. This practice has been around for many years and continues to grow today with the help of the Internet. Wine making is a hobby for wine enthusiasts who experiment with different types of wine making. If you want to make wine at home, you can buy a kit, or you can do all the work from scratch. All you really need are the bottles, recipe with ingredients and a dark room to store the wine as it ages and ferments.

Ingredients Needed

To try your hand at wine making, you can use a simple recipe with simple ingredients and directions. For your first wine making experience, this should not be too difficult. If you want to make some apple wine, you will need five gallons of apple juice, five pounds of sugar, two tablespoons of yeast nutrient, one-half teaspoon of pectic enzyme, two and one-half tablespoons of acid blend and one teaspoon of wine tannin and one package of yeast as well as a bottle of campden tablets. Now that you have all the ingredients, you are ready to begin wine making.

The Next Steps in Wine Making

The first thing to do is to mix all the ingredients together except for the yeast. You will add five gallons of water to match the five gallons of apple juice. Crush up five campden tablets very finely and add to the mixture. You will then cover the fermenting container with a thin cloth for twenty-four hours.

The next step to wine making is to take off the cloth cover and add the yeast package. You will sprinkle the yeast on the top of the wine and then recover the container with a thin piece of cloth. After about five to seven days, transfer the wine to a new container leaving any sediment behind.

The next step is to add the air lock and fill it with water only half way. Now leave the wine sit for four to six weeks. Once the wine juice has cleared, you can remove any sediment, add five more crushed campden tablets, and add it to the wine. Next, you can bottle the wine into wine bottles.

You have now learned the steps for wine making. Keep in mind that this is one way to make homemade wine, there are however, many more ways to make wine. Everyone has a different way that works.

Chris Jonas is a chef working in Soho, New York. Check out these great Simple Wine Making advice and articles or the more general Wine Making articles and resources.

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