Adventures in Homebrewing has many options for the home winemaker. Even if you are new to winemaking, we can answer all of your questions.
How long does it take to make a wine?
Depending on the wine you choose, it will take between 4 and 8 weeks to complete the winemaking process.
Can I make wine that is as good as store bought brands?
Yes! Adventures in Homebrewing sells many kits to choose from. We feature Winexpert, and Winexpert sources juices and concentrates from all over the world and follows the same process as a winery, but on a much smaller scale. For the best wine, allow your wine to age in the bottle – the longer you wait the better it will become.
Is making wine at home expensive?
Not at all. Adventures in Homebrewing offers options to make wine for every budget. Because you are making the wine yourself, you save the high tax rates associated with beverage alcohol. In fact, our wines can be made for as little as $5 per bottle, making it very affordable compared to store-bought wine.
How do I make my own wine?
To get started, you will need your basic homebrewing equipment. If you need everything, that is no problem. Adventures in Homebrewing has some complete Equipment Kits for the homebrewer ready to get started in winemaking. Don't worry about extra costs...we are shipping Wine Beginner Kits Free.
With the right equipment, you just need to know the process. Making a wine kit from one of our Winexpert kits is simple and easy because the kit has all the ingredients, in pre-measured amounts, that one needs to make 6 gallons of wine (30 bottles).
Here is an example of some of the ingredients included in a Winexpert Kit.
- Juice Bag: The grape juice has all the fermentable sugars that the yeast feed on to make alcohol. The vast majority of the wine’s flavor and complexity is also derived from the grape juice.
- Wine Yeast: 1-2 Yeast packets depending on the kit. Yeast is what eats and converts the sugars to alcohol.
- Oak: In select kits, you will find packets of oak. Oak will impart beneficial flavors and colors into the wine. Oak also helps to balance some of the rich flavors found in wines like chardonnays.
- Bentonite: This is a fine clay in powder form that helps clarify the wine during fermentation
- Metabisulfite: Stops yeast action and is used in stabilizing the wine before clarifying. Metabisulfite can also be used as a sanitizer for winemaking equipment in higher concentrations. Your kit will not include enough for use as a sanitizer but can be purchased from AHS if desired.
- Potassium Sorbate: Stops all remaining fermentation action and fully stabilizes the wine. Sorbate is used in conjunction with metabisulfite for wine stabilization.
- Finishing Fining Agent: Depending on the kit this will be either an isinglass pack or chitosan pack. Like bentonite, these agents help clarify the wine into the sparkling beauty you sip from your glass.
Let's Go Through The Whole Process
How To Make Wine At Home 1: Welcome to Winemaking
Tim Vandergrift walks you through some of the basics of making wine at home. Winemaking is a natural process, that you can do at home, and produce a good product. The process is completely safe, and with our equipment and wine kits, you can create store quality wine at home. All of our equipment and wine kits come with great instructions and are easy to follow. Watch this video, and you will learn about the basic equipment needed.
How To Make Wine At Home 2: Before You Begin
Now it is time to dive right in, right? Wrong. If you want a quality, good tasting wine, there is some prep work involved. But don't worry, it is easy to do. This next video will walk you through the cleaning process and as well as an in-depth look at the instructions.
How To Make Wine At Home 3: Primary Fermentation
With all your equipment clean and sanitized, it is time to make the wine. This next video will walk you through filling the fermenter and taking a Gravity Reading and all the way to pitching your yeast.
How To Make Wine At Home 4: Secondary Fermentation
Ferment again? You bet! After 5-7 days your Primary Fermentation should be complete. In this video, you will learn to how to take your Gravity to ensure fermentation has taken place. Typically, we will transfer into a Glass Carboy. Transferring your wine is made much easier with Auto-Siphon. They are available in a 1/2" and 3/8" diameter sizes.
How To Make Wine At Home 5: Stabilising and Clearing
At this point, the wine is just about finished with its fermentation. Now it is time to stabilize and clear the wine. Follow the instructions and to take a sample. A Wine Thief is a perfect tool for this. You will also learn how to calculate the Alcohol Content. There will be some additives that will need to be added at this point, refer to your instructions for your particular wine kit. Time to de-gas? Yes, a Wine Whip will make all the difference.
How To Make Wine At Home 6: Bottling
Finally, time to drink...I mean to bottle. The wine should now be clear. Use that Wine Thief again to get a close look, you want to bottle clear wine. You will need about 30 standard wine bottles. Adventures in Homebrewing has multiple sizes, colors, and styles of wine bottles to choose from. Check out our full selection here =>Wine Bottles.
That's it, you are a winemaker. Now it is time to pick out a wine. Adventures in Homebrewing always offers FREE SHIPPING on wine kits. Choose your favorite wine kit from Winexpert.
“I Made This" used with permission of Winexpert
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