Making Homemade Wine
At one time, making homemade wine was a popular hobby that was undertaken by many immigrants to
the United States during the early part of the 20th century. In time, this hobby somewhat faded away from
popularity and this was a shame. Homemade wine is not only wonderful to drink it is also a great deal of fun to
make. Thankfully, the popularity of homemade wine has increased tremendously in recent years and more and more
people are taking to it as a fun hobby that has the fringe benefit of supplying unlimited quantities of wine and
spirits! And, no, this is no where near as hard of a hobby as many people may think
The Different Types
There are a number of different types of homemade wine one can make and they include the traditional grape wine, or vegetable wine
or even the very popular dandelion wine that was common in Italian households in generations past. Of course,
there are also other types of wine that one can make and the type of wine that one opts to make is only
limited by personal taste and preferences. So, the sky is really the limit when it comes to the different
flavors and brands of wine you can make.
Same Grapes For Red And White Wine
Some persons getting involved in wine making at home may believe that different types of grapes are used for
different color wine. The color of the wine is largely dependent on the length of time the grape peels are left in
the crushed grapes. Red grapes are commonly used, but even green grapes will add color to the wine if the peels
remain in the juice throughout the fermentation process.
With red wine, once the grapes are crushed and the needed sugar and yeast are added, the peels remain in the
juice throughout the fermentation processed. They are removed when the juice is strained to be put into the
bottles. For white wine making, the peels are removed before the fermentation process begins, and the wine is
usually not fermented in wood barrels. When making rose wines, the peels are removed about half-way through the
process and then allowed to ferment before being transferred to bottles.
The art of wine making is an ancient one, with proof showing it has been around for
thousands of years. Many families have been involved in wine making on a personal level for many generations while
some other are just realizing the fun and excitement they can experience by making their own beverage.