A Step-by-Step Guide
Do you love wine? Do you love the taste of a good Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon? What about Zinfandel or Pinot Noir? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider making your own wine. It’s actually not as difficult as you might think, and it can be a lot of fun, plus you can make money selling it!
You will need:
-Grapes (you can get these from a local farmer’s market or grocery store)
-A wine press (you can find these online or at a home brewing supply store)
-A fermenting vessel (a glass or plastic carboy works well)
-An airlock (this allows carbon dioxide to escape while preventing oxygen from getting in)
-Sanitizer (to clean your equipment before you use it)
-yeast (this is what turns the grape juice into wine!)
The first thing you need to do is sanitize all of your equipment. This is important because you don’t want any bacteria contaminating your wine. To do this, simply mix a solution of water and sanitizer according to the directions on the bottle, and then use it to clean all of your equipment.
Next, it’s time to press the grapes. This is where a wine press comes in handy. Place the grapes in the press and then slowly squeeze them until all of the juice has been extracted. Be sure not to crush the seeds, as this can make your wine bitter.
Once you have extracted all of the juice from the grapes, it’s time to add yeast. This is what will cause fermentation and turn your grape juice into wine! Simply sprinkle a packet of yeast into your fermenting vessel (you can find these at any home brewing supply store). Then, seal up your vessel with an airlock and let it sit for a few weeks.
After a few weeks, your wine should be ready to bottle! Simply use a siphon to transfer it from the fermenting vessel into bottles. Then, cork the bottles and store them in a cool, dark place. Enjoy your homemade wine! Cheers!