If you’re a wine aficionado, or even just a fan of do-it-yourself projects, you may have investigated making your own wine at home. Many people see it as a fun hobby that could save money, especially if you drink a lot of wine. But many people find that it can be pretty daunting to create a good-tasting batch. Unfortunately, you can’t just get some juice, toss in some sugar and yeast, and wait for a couple weeks. You can go back to the internet or the library and try to find help and figure out where things went wrong, but you might find yourself overwhelmed by the complexity of the information. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine is a resource that will guide you step-by-step through the wine-making process, making it very easy to understand so you don’t make those unfortunate mistakes in the first place. Continue reading »
Any idea when the first wine was made? Any idea how? Who made it? Well, those are probably not questions you naturally conjure up when sipping a class of Merlot or Chablis, but it might be ones you consider if you decided to make some.
It just seems when you decide to become artsy and undertake various forms of the arts from painting to sewing to winemaking, we as a race for some reason call into question the origin of our activities. Hmm, interesting thoughts, don’t you think? Well, let’s satisfy our innate curiosity a bit on our way to some investigative research of the more modern techniques of homemade winemaking.
Have you ever thought about making your own wine? Can you make your own wine? Is it legal to make your own wine?
Those are all great questions. Of course, the first question only you know the answer to. If you’ve had the inkling to try your hand at home made wine making, don’t think you’re alone. Many others have come before and many more will follow.
Yes, you can make your own wine. Thousands of people have done this and in fact probably do it every day. Is it legal? Well, that depends on where you live. That is something you will have to investigate for yourself. The only specs we can supply with reasonable comfort is that if you are in the United States you must be at least 21 years of age to participate in making and/or sampling.
Wine making tools come in all shapes and sizes. When you decide you want to take on a new hobby of wine making, what do you need to have on hand? That’s a great question and one we hope to clarify for you before we leave here today.
Wine making tools can be as simple as a few kitchen utensils or as complex as an at home winery. The degree of complexity you undertake will likely incorporate itself into the quality of your wine, but only your quality of ingredients and technique will be the true determiners of your outcomes. So let’s take a look at some possibilities you can choose from.
Anytime you take on a new hobby there is always a learning curve. It is very unusual that you can begin something you’ve never done before and hit perfection right off the bat. We are going to cover a few tips for beginning winemakers here so that we can hopefully help you to forgo some of the most common difficulties as you begin to enlighten your wine enthusiast endeavors.
There are a few tips that can save you loads of time, heartache, and money. We will begin with those because to avoid the most critical errors from the beginning is to begin your journey into winemaking in a more positive light. The simple difference in a little this or a little of that can make the difference in a delicacy or a sputtering disaster. So, let’s get started in helping you prevent those most common and dreadful mistakes of new beginning winemakers.