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To most people, wine is something that is already made, usually in carefully sealed bottles lined up on long shelves in the liquor store or major grocery store. The reason that thousands of people have this view of wine is that, in recent years, the “vino” industry has exploded. Wineries around the world are producing new great-tasting varieties that are sold in many retail locations (as well as online).

But if you are one of those who thinks that wine is made only from grapes and is made only by professional vintners, think again!

Grapes are, of course, the primary ingredient in most wines, with many types of grapes finding their way into the bottle. But wines can also be made from different fruits. Individuals can certainly make their own wine, from grapes, peaches, strawberries and other fruits.

There are plenty of sources for wine-making supplies, including area retail stores and Web-based merchants. These suppliers should also have instruction books and other materials that will help you get the right equipment and ingredients.

What do you need for making your own wine?

To make a perfect wine, you will need a large container that will be used for fermentation.

You should also have the proper sieve or a supply of cheese cloth. This latter item is a traditional way of straining the liquid. It would also be wise to have fermentation jugs and glass wine bottles ready. Make sure you have the fruit, wine yeast and these ingredients:

  • Campden tablets – Used in wine-making and beer-making to kill specific bacteria and regulate growth of certain yeast.

  • Tannins – An astringent that regulates proteins and gives red wine its somewhat bitter effect.

  • Citric acid – a natural preservative.

A good recipe for basic fruit wine will call for:

  • two pounds of sugar for every three pounds of fresh fruit

  • a Campden tablet and a teaspoon of tannin

  • a package of wine yeast

  • and a teaspoon of yeast nutrien

  • 1 ½ teaspoons of citric acid

  • water as outlined in recipe instructions.

Two glasses of red wine - location Tuscany.

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The fruit should be prepared so that when it is put into the fermentation container it is pulp and juice. Crush one Campden tablet into the mixture, stir it gently and then cover the container. This mix should remain undisturbed for at least one day (24 hours). Now it’s time to put in the yeast nutrient and stir the mixture once each day for seven days.

Strain the liquid into the smaller, glass jugs for secondary fermentation using the sieve or cheesecloth. These containers must be sealed with an airlock/stopper to allow excess gases to escape. Let them sit for about two weeks or a bit more.

Now it’s time to get the wine into bottles using a siphon. Seal the bottles and let them rest in a cool location out of the light. The wine will be best if it is untouched for three months or more at this point. Most easy wine recipes recommend moving the wine into new bottles after this 90-day period.

Red wine and cheese

Other easy wine recipes...

In addition to this basic wine, there are numerous other methods for producing a great drinking wine. For example, www.grapestompers.com offers an easy-to-follow “jug wine” recipe. This method uses two cans of frozen grape juice, a gallon of distilled water, 3 ½ cups of sugar and a package of yeast. You will also need a one-gallon glass jug and a “punching” balloon.

After you thaw the grape juice put it in the glass jug.

*The jug should be sterilized before use. Dissolve the sugar in distilled water that is at 110 degrees Fahrenheit, then add the yeast and mix well.

With a clean funnel, pour this mix into the jug, leaving at least an inch of space at the top. After rinsing the inside of the balloon, stretch the mouth of the balloon over the bottle and seal with tape.

Let this mixture rest in a dark place that is not too cool, allowing room for the balloon to expand. When at least 30 days have passed, strain the mixture through cheesecloth into another sterilized jug. You can seal this and wait for it to age or enjoy it right away.

If you enjoy wines purchased at your favorite retail store, you may want to enhance your wine experience by making some right in your home!

I hope you find this article about easy wine recipes useful!

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