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Homemade Wine Making

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Homemade wine making is one which is quite complex but which can be understood rather easily, if you are willing. There are five basic steps that are involved in homemade wine making, which are: harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermentation, clarification, and aging and bottling.

The Homemade Wine Making Process

Harvesting or picking is always the first step in the home wine making process, as you need to have gathered the materials for your wine before you can begin making it. A combination of science and old-fashioned tasting go into the harvesting process, and harvesting can either be done mechanically or hand, whichever you prefer.

Crushing and pressing is next in the process and crushing the whole clusters of fresh ripe grapes is one of the most important steps of all. Today mechanical crushers are typically used to trod the grapes into must, and by using these mechanical presses a lot of speed is gained in the process as it would take much longer to do the crushing yourself.

The next step in the home wine making process involves fermentation. This is really where the magic is in the process and if left to its own devices, the must or juice will begin to ferment naturally within about eight hours, with the aid of wild yeasts in the air. In clean wineries and vineyards however the fermentation process is quite different. Once fermentation begins, regardless of the chosen path, it will normally continue on until all of the sugar has been converted to alcohol and a dry wine is produced. 

Once this fermentation process is completed the clarification process begins. Filtering and fining are also usually done at this stage, filtering which can be done with everything from a course filter that catches only large solids to a sterile filter pad that wipes wine of all life. Fining on the other hand, occurs when substances are added to a wine to clarify them.

Finally in the home wine making process is the stage of aging and bottling. You can either bottle the wine immediately, or further aging can be done in bottle, stainless steel or ceramic tanks.

You can really personalize this process and make it your own as long as you include the basics, and you will have a lot of fun and produce some fantastic wine that you can share with your family and friends. home wine making is a time-honored tradition, one that has become incredibly popular in the world of today. If you have not tried making your own wine before then it is definitely something that you should try out sometime in the near future.