In moderation, a glass or two of wine can help your heart, prevent cancer and more. But what is in that winery wine? Making homemade wines allows you to control the contents of each bottle.
Benefits of Making Homemade Wines
- Healthy wine: preservatives and food dyes can be eliminated.
- Cheap wine: homemade wines are cheaper to make than winery inexpensive wines.
- Organic wine: use organic ingredients to make an organic healthy wine.
- Personalized gift: adding a personalized bottle label to your homemade wine creates a unique personalized special occasion gift.
The best organic ingredients for making homemade wines are whatever you can get for free. If you pick your own wild berries, have a friend who has a fruit tree, or have one yourself, you have the resources to make healthy, inexpensive homemade organic wines. In general these sources provide good organic ingredients.
Other sources for cheap organic wine ingredients are:
- Local farmers and u-pick orchards.
- Food co-ops.
- Farmers markets.
About picking wild berries:
- When picking any wild produce stay away from roadways. Carbon monoxide from car exhaust is absorbed by living plants.
- Pick only ripe berries where the natural sugars have had a change to develop.
- Wear protective clothing. Most tasty berries are protected by thorns.
- Keep an eye out for large furry berry pickers.
- For best results handle your berries with care and process as soon as possible.
Gathering wild blackberries for making homemade wines can be a family affair. For example in Oregon, blackberries grow like weeds. They are prevalent around lakes and long river banks; take a break from your water sport activities and pick some wild berries. Blackberries can be found in a wide range of altitudes so there is a long growing season.
If you can see it or smell it don’t use it. Water quality varies form region to region. In some areas the water may have a sulfur smell or taste or in some cases may be over chlorinated. While the water may pass health requirements for purity and drinkablity, it may add an unexpected flavor to your wine.
If you have questionable tap water, use bottled water. It is a real heartbreak to wait a year for your first wine tasting only to find that it has a chlorine bouquet.
glass vs plastic price type supplies not included that i will need etc
Plastic is okay for the primary, as long as it’s the right type and doesn’t spend too long in it. Personally, I wouldn’t use it for long but for the first couple of batches, it’ll do fine to find out if you like the hobby. I suggest you start with a kit – most homebrew kits work for wine too. Start with the canned extracts – buy yeast too. Above all, be patient. Below are some links to get you going. Note that ebay has good prices too, if you are patient.
fermented drinks like yogurt and kefir are typically much healthier when they still have active live cultures of beneficial bacteria in them. Does the same hold true for beer and wine?
I haven’t ever seen wine or beer advertising this fact.
(If no, Are the bacteria that make wine and beer killed off by the beer and wine makers, or do they die on their own?)
Commercial breweries pasturize their beer. Micro brews usually don’t. There are also micro breweries that naturally carbonate their beer in the bottle. Many wheat beers are like that… Blue Moon… You can see the yeast in the bottom of the bottle.
i have just bought a wine making kit that makes 6 bottles what do i need to do to make more without comprimising the taste or alcohol volume,also i bought a 5 gallon plastic tub with a lid but there are no holes in it for a bung with air lock do i need to use a bung or can i just leave the lid on.
You are new to the winemaking game. Make at least one batch according to directions before you start tinkering with methodology or ingredients.
I have used food-grade HDPE buckets as primary fermenters but they are not good for aging or secondary fermentation. If there is no hole for an airlock, drill one in the lid.
i want to try and make some red wine at home. What equipment will i need to buy and where is the best place, or site to buy.
The easiest wine to make at home is dandelion wine.
All you need is a few groceries, some buckets, some bottles, and of course some dandelions.
I’ve provided a link below with more information and a recipe.
Other wines that involve grapes can be difficult to make properly. This is why winemakers are so highly regarded: Making a delicious wine is like painting a beautiful portrait.
My friend’s family making their own wine at home and he gave me a bottle last time i visit him. It was about two month ago.
Now I find out the bottle in my cupboard, the bottle is not finished, I can have two more glass i think.
My question is, the wine is in plastic bottle (market type plastic water bottle), is it okey/healthy for wine spend 2 months in a simple plastic bottle? -room temperature, not refregirator-
Thanks in advance.
I wouldn’t, even the best quality wines go bad (once opened) within less than that.
i got a beer making kit off a friend and i wanted to know if i could make wine with it. i think it has the same stuff a wine kit would have
If you are using the brewer for your wine that is fine. It really is just a container to hold fermenting juices. The process and ingredients are diffrent however.
Wine yeast will be different than beer yeast. If you ever really get into either or both wine and beer making, one very good company is( eckraus.com. )They sell for both processes. The wine made by those kits taste as good as a typical 25 dollar bottle but the cost is much less. The average cost for my wine is about 4 dollars a bottle.
You can go very cheap and have drinkable beer or wine or you can get pretty fancy and improve it some. Have fun with this.
I always hear about the benefits about having a class of red wine each day, but I haven’t heard anything about potential benefits of white wine. (This is a little disappointing, as I tend to prefer white)
I took a tour of a winery and I believe they mentioned something about red wines initially being the same color as white wines?
So my question is… what makes red wines healthier than white?
As a bartender, I have heard this question many times. It is because of an antioxidant called flavonoids.They can be found in grapes, chiefly the skins, their concentrations tend to be higher in red wines (when skins are included in fermentation) than white (when skins are not).
A full instructional tutorial on how to make 30 bottles of wine in your own home, using the 30 Bottle Winemakers Kit available from www.thethriftyshopper.co.uk – part 1 of 2
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