Making Your Own Wine

Making wine at home is a fun and rewarding hobby. With the cost of some wines on the market, it's easy to save money while enjoying an excellent wine that you made. This is a guide to making homemade wine.
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August 15, 2011 Flag

You will need one pound of sugar, one gallon of water, and a 1/4th packet of regular yeast. Heat water in a pot till boiling and add sugar to melt, then pour in a gallon jug, such as clean milk container or other kind of jar.

Let cool, then put in yeast, cover with aluminum foil and let set for 2 weeks, then strain and bottle. You can then add flavor if you want, such as tea, or whatever you want.

Don't close tops too tightly on the bottle, wait until it stops working the yeast off, or it will explode. It should be ready in about 2 more weeks, add more sugar if not sweet enough.

By Barbara G from Statesboro, GA

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June 27, 2005 Flag

Have you ever thought of making your own wine or beer. Do it yourself kits are out on the market. For wine, either grow your own grapes or buy some from someone nearby. In advance, gather as many bottles with lids, wash and sterilize them, allow to dry completely. My parents made wine once when I was a teenager. It was an experience to say the least. Interesting gifts to pass out for the holidays! Not everyone can brag about making their own beverages!

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October 9, 2007 Flag

Anyone have a simple wine making recipe? We have many grapes.


Barb from CA

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October 9, 20071 found this helpful
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1qt grapes

2 lb white sugar

1 pkg fleischman's yeast

In a qt. size jar, mash grapes, pour in sugar, disolve yeast in warm water and pour into jar top with water almost 3/4 to top of jar. Let stand 21 days. Strain and bottle.

Good luck from Canada

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful
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I had tons of plums on our tree this year and have made loads of wine. If you need the equipment try eBay as a lot of shops don't stock homebrew/wine making equipment these days.

My friends mum bought a load of secondhand wine making equipment at a Boot-Sale and she gave it to me. I should manage to get at least 44 standard bottles of wine for under £10 (UK Pounds Sterling).

The main tip I would give anyone - make sure to steralise everything thouroughly, and try not to expose the wine to the air. Also, don't have bowls of fruit nearby when you are working with the wine - as it is those little fruit flies that can infect your wine and turn it to vinegar.

Also, there are two ingredients that you can add to wine to help it clear - called AMALAYSE and PECTALAYSE. AMALAYSE is for vegetable wine and PECTALAYSE is for fruit wine - it helps to stop it being cloudy.

For you wine bottles - make friends with a local pub or restaurant and ask if you can have their empty bottles. Again - make sure to steralise them properly. NEVER USE OLD CORKS! Invest in a proper airlock as well.

Here is a good site:

http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/

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October 9, 20070 found this helpful

This looks So do-able : ))

Do we cover the jar loosely? tightly? not at all?

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful

Cover the jar loosely with fabric.

Editor's Note: Cheesecloth is good for this.

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July 13, 2015 Flag

I am just beginning to learn to make wine. I tried to make it once, but failed badly. Any tips on how to start if you don't know anything about the subject?

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July 13, 20150 found this helpful

There are many online resources on wine making and also books in your local library and book stores.

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October 15, 2011 Flag

I'm searching for recipes to make homemade wine. My dad made elderberry wine when I was a little kid. I barely remember him making it, but it was in a big crock. Anyone have some old time recipes for homemade wine? I would love to give it a try. Dad is gone, but the memories linger on. Thanks everyone.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

Care to try some apple or dandelion wine? I have a great book called Make Your Own Convenience Foods by Don and Joan German that you might be able to get from your library either in collection or by interlibrary loan. If you're interested try the Canadian Living Magazine website and see if you can get their Cranberry Liqueur recipe.It is a Christmas staple for me and is such a glorious ruby red.

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October 17, 20110 found this helpful

Hi Meg,

Is it possible to share the cranberry liqueur recipe as I can't find it in the website anymore.

Thanks.

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May 26, 2006 Flag

I'm making dandelion wine and the fruit became moldy. Is this part of the fermentation process? The recipe I used was from a fundraiser cookbook and only called for dandelion blossoms, lemons, oranges, sugar. Can I just skim off then strain or should I compost it and try again next year?

Thank you,
Lori from Atlanta, NY

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June 8, 20060 found this helpful

I am also making dandilion wine. My recipe said to take the blossoms and pour hot water over 1 gallon of blossoms, let sit over night and use only the water to continue the wine. If your fruit has molded your wine will taste it.

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October 11, 2011 Flag

I would like to hear from folks that make wine and would not mind sharing their recipes on how to make different types of wine such as: apple, blackberry, strawberry, and others they would be willing to share.

Thanks!

By Debbie

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