Ever wonder how to brew wine at home? What do I need? How much will it cost? Is it legal? Well keep reading, I am about to tell you all you need to know to get started on making your wine from home.
First you need a wine making kit. These kits, to a lot of peoples surprise, are not that expensive. A 5 or 6 gallon kit will cost between $100 and $200. A one gallon kit will run about $30. Your equipment will cost $70 to $170. The equipment kit is a one time purchase. That comes out to about 2.50$ a bottle. This will very on the type of wine, your first batch will be slightly higher. After that the cost will drop. I strongly suggest that the first batch be a one gallon variety.
You don’t need a winepress. Wineries use these winepresses to extract every last drop of juice from the fruit. Not for quality reasons. At $1 to $2 a bottle for home wine makers, the last drop of juice is not important.
Making wine at home is legal. A household of 2 adults can make up to 200 gallons of wine a year. And a household of 1 adult can make 100 gallons a year. You will need to check with your local authorities if you intend to sell or distibrut your wine.
The most important thing you need to have is good recipes and clear instruction on how to use them. This is where alot of wine makers fail. The recipes might be good but the instruction part is to vague. There are some additives that need to be added wheter listed or not. And some wine need to be shaken every 48 hours and some don’t.
You will also need to determine how sweet you like your wine. This is done with a hydrometer. Wich comes with the wine making kit. A reading of 1020 on the hydrometer means it is a sweet wine, 1010 is medieum and 990 is very dry.
Wine making at home is not hard as long as you have the right equipment, a basic kit works fine, and some good recipes and instruction. The kits come with all you will need.
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