How to Make Your Wine at Home?
Adventures in Homebrewing offers many options to the home winemaker. We can answer your questions, even if you’re new to the world of winemaking.
How long does it usually take to make a bottle of wine?
The winemaking process can take anywhere between 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the type of wine that you select.
Can I make wine as good as the store-bought brands?
Yes! Adventures in Homebrewing has a wide selection of wine recipes. Winexpert and Winexpert juices and concentrated are sourced from around the world and follow the same winemaking process. Allow your wine to age for the best results in a bottle. The longer you wait, the better the wine will be.
Making wine at home is expensive.
Not at all. Adventures in Homebrewing has options for winemaking that fit every budget. You can save a lot of money by making your wine. Our wines can be produced for as low as $5 per bottle. This is very affordable when compared with store-bought wines.
How can I make my wine?
You will need some basic equipment for homebrewing. It’s okay if you don’t own any brewing equipment. Adventures in Homebrewing offers Winemaking Equipment Kits to anyone ready to start winemaking.
It would be best if you had the right equipment to understand the process. It is easy to create a wine kit using one of our Winexpert kits because it contains all the ingredients in pre-measured quantities that are needed to produce 6 gallons or 30 750 ml bottles.
Here’s an example of a Winexpert Recipe Kit.
- Grape juice is responsible for the majority of the wine’s flavor and complexity. Grape juice is responsible for the majority of wine’s complexity and flavor.
- Wine Yeast: 1 to 2 packets of Dry wine yeast, depending on the kit. The yeast is the organism that converts sugars into alcohol.
- You will find oak chips in select kits. Oak chips will add beneficial colors and flavors to the wine. Oak helps balance the flavors of wines such as chardonnays.
- Bentonite is a fine powdered clay that clarifies the wine during fermentation.
- Metabisulfite – Stops the action of yeast and stabilizes wine prior to clarification. Metabisulfite in higher concentrations can be used to sanitize winemaking equipment. AHS sells sanitizers if you need more than what is included in your kit.
- Potassium-Sorbate: Stabilizes wine by stopping all fermentation. Sorbate and Metabisulfite are used together to stabilize the wine.
- Finishing Fining agent: This will either be a chitosan or isinglass, depending on the kit. These agents, like bentonite, help to clarify the wine and make it the sparkling beauty that you enjoy from your glass.
Wine Recipe Kits are easy to use and can be put into bottles in a short time. You can have your wine ready to drink in 4-6 weeks. The catch is in the aging of the wine. The benefits of aging are numerous, and following the guidelines will ensure that your wine is always delicious and sought after by your friends. It is possible to make a great wine in just three months. The packaged winemaking juices produce wine faster than fresh fruit juices because they do not contain pulp or skins (with some exceptions).
Winexpert offers some specific recommendations for aging to get the best flavor.
Island Mist: Island Mist kits are fermented with grapes and sweetened with fruit-based juice. These wines can be ready in just a few short weeks after bottling.
Specialty Dessert Kits: These kits vary depending on what type of wine is being made. A standard dessert wine can be ready in as little as two to three months, while a chocolate raspberry porter may require 4-6 months.
Winexpert Classic: It is recommended to age these wines from 2-5 months after bottling. The aging allows the tannins to blend with other flavors and make them more pleasing.
Winexpert Classic One Gallon Kits: All the same requirements as a Winexpert Classic Six Gallon kit for fermentation and aging.
Winexpert Reserve Winexpert recommends that these wines are aged for up to one year to get the best flavors. They will be ready for drinking in 3-4 months but will be at their best after 12 months. It has to do with the quality of the juices that are in the bag. Reserve kits are superior to the others because they use purer grape juices that have been sourced or blended from specific locations within a region. This means that the amount of fluid in a Classic Kit is greater, and therefore less water is used. The result? A longer aging time.
Winexpert Private Reserve: These kits are of the highest quality available on the market. It will take between 16-18 months to get the best results. The Private Reserve kit contains the purest juice and highest-quality ingredients of any level. These kits often use grapes from specific vineyards.
Even though you have spent the money and time to make a Reserve Kit or Private Reserve Kit, it cannot be easy to age wine this long. You can drink your wine after 3-4 months. It will still be very good, but it will be spectacular in 12-18 months. Adventures in Homebrewing suggests saving up to half of your bottles from the first batch and starting a second batch. You can then enjoy the wine as it matures.
To make nectar of gods, you’ll need a winemaking equipment kit as well as a wine bottle. There are several kits available to help you get started. If you already brew beer, you only need a 7.9-gallon fermenter, a wine-bottle corker, a set of wine corks, and a 6-gallon carboy.
Let’s Go Through The Whole Wine Making Process
How to Make Wine at Home 1: Introduction to Winemaking
Tim Vandergrift takes you through the basics of home winemaking. You can make wine at home using a natural method. Our equipment and wine kits allow you to make store-quality wine at home. Our wine kits and equipment come with easy-to-follow instructions. You can learn more about the equipment you need by watching this video.
How to Make Wine at Home 2: Before You Begin
Right? Wrong. You need to do some preparation work if you want to make a good-tasting wine. It’s easy. The next video will take you through the entire cleaning process, as well as a detailed look at the instructions.
How To Make Wine At Home 3: Primary Fermentation
It’s time to start making wine. This video will guide you through the process of filling your fermenter, taking a Gravity Reading, and pitching your yeast.
How To Make Wine At Home 4: Secondary Fermentation
You can ferment again? You bet! After 5-7 days, your Primary Fermentation will be completed. This video will show you how to measure your Gravity in order to confirm that fermentation has occurred. We will usually transfer the wine into a Glass Carboy. Auto Siphon makes it much easier to share your wine. These are available in two sizes: 1/2″ or 3/8″.