Wine is one of the most popular and full-bodied beverages. It plays an important role in celebrations, events, rituals and ceremonies. Wine is derived from grapes and turned into an alcoholic beverage through fermentation. Many people believe the only place to get wine is at a vineyard or wine store. But did you know you can make wine in the comfort of your own home?
Wines are not just produced in established wineries. Indeed, many people are engaged in making wine in their own homes using homemade wine recipes. They do this as either a hobby or small business. In this article we’re going to teach you how to make homemade wine!
A popular homemade recipe is the apple and grape juice combination. The ingredients include:
- 2 gallons pure grape juice
- 2 gallons of pure apple juice
- 4 pounds of sugar
- 2 cups of lemon juice
- 2 crushed Campden tablets
- 3-4 teaspoons of yeast nutrient
- 1 package of wine yeast
First, place the two kinds of fruit juices in a 5-gallon carboy. A carboy is a large container that holds liquid. Add 2 pounds of the sugar, the lemon juice and the Campden tablets to the fruit juices. Cover the carboy loosely.
Let the juice stand overnight. After 24 hours, add the yeast nutrient and wine yeast to the mixture. Next, you’re going to want to cover the carboy with a fermentation trap. At this point, fermentation will begin. After 5 to 7 days, add the other 2 pounds of sugar. Wait another 3 days and add some water to the mix. The liquid should then be aged for two months or until the liquid is clear. At this time, it becomes wine which could be stabilized, bottled and served.
Wines can be formulated out of flowers or herbs. Homemade Dandelion wine is a recipe using this base. This recipe includes:
- 5 gallons of dandelion blossoms
- 5 gallons of boiling water
- 15 pounds of sugar
- 3 pounds of dark or white raisins
- 26 ounces of white grape wine concentrate
- 10 sliced lemons with rinds
- 10 sliced oranges with rinds
- 4 teaspoons of yeast nutrient
- 3-4 teaspoons of Madeira or sherry yeast.
The first step for this homemade wine recipe is to pour the boiling water over the dandelion blossoms. Let this sit for 2 days without disturbing the liquid.
After 2 days, strain the liquid from the dandelion blossoms. Add the rest of your ingredients to the dandelion-soaked liquid and mix the liquid. Allow the liquid to ferment. After it slows down, it can then be transferred to a carboy. Once the fermentation stops, the wine can then be bottled and served.
The process of crafting wine can be long, but the end results are deserving and delicious. The tedious tasks lead to an awesome end product. Not to mention, you’ll have full bragging rights because it is homemade. These recipes are a must-try. Tell us how these recipes worked out for you on our Facebook page!