Homemade Wine Making
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
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
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.