5 Myths About Homemade Wine

There are many misconceptions and misguided assumptions about making wine at home. Most all of them are perpetuated by individuals who never even tasted or made homemade wine. Others are simply born out of the mystique surrounding the commercial wine industry.

How can something so sophisticated be made at home?

Here are the ones that we run into the most. The ones that flat-out drive us silly every time we hear them.

  1. Homemade Wines Don’t Taste That Good.
    Without question, you can easily make wines that are just as good, if not better, than the wines you find on the store shelf. And not with practice, but with your very first batch. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done side-by-side, blind tastings with a challenging friend or an acquaintance between a glass of wine made from one of our wine ingredient kits and a glass of store bought wine, only to have the homemade wine win – hands-down. I’m not going to name any names, but I’m not talking about doing a blind tasting against the $8 stuff. I’m talking about higher dollar stuff that you’d buy to take to a dinner party, etc. Wouldn’t it be nicer to take your own personalized wine gift, that you made, to the party instead.
  2. Homemade Wine Takes A Lot Of Time To Make.
    Learning how to make your own wine is much easier than most individuals can even begin to imagine. It’s deceptively easy. There are a lot of wine making products on the market today that make it as simple as following a few directions. And, it doesn’t take that long. You can be bottling your first batch of wine in as little as 28 days. And as far as the time it takes out of your day, I’d say it doesn’t get any worse than the time it takes to bottle the wine – an hour to get it start, another half-hour to siphon it to a second container, etc.
  3. Making Homemade Wine Requires A Lot Of Expensive Equipment.
    This may have been partially true 20 or 30 years ago. Back then, depending on what type of wine you were making, you might need a grape crusher to crush the fruit and a grape press to press the fruit. Today it’s different. You don’t need to crush and press the fruit if you don’t want to. You can buy it already done for you. Now there are hundreds of wine making juices packaged up and ready for use from all over the world. You can get Cabernet grape from France, Shiraz grape from Australia, Merlot grape from California…  The choices are endless.
  4. Homemade Wine Spoils Easy.
    Absolutely not. Homemade wine keeps just as good as commercially made wine. There is no difference in the keeping abilities between the two. There is no reason for one to keep better than the other. They are both made the same way from the same basic wine making materials. One’s just on a smaller scale than the other.I currently have several bottles of homemade wine that have been in my cellar aging since 1998 and 2002 and I would not hesitate to drink them myself or serve them to my friends and family.
  5. Making Homemade Wine Is Illegal.
    Wrong! Ever since October 14, 1978 it has been perfectly legal for Americans to make their own wine and beer. This is when President Jimmy Carter signed into law legislation introduced by Senator Alan Cranston of California. You can make up to 100 gallons per year. If you live in a household with another adult, you can make up to 200 gallons per year. It can be for your own personal consumption or to hand out has wine making gifts to friend and relatives. Just make sure you don’t sell it. That would be illegal!

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Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.

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Things to know about making wine

Some people will want to try their luck at making wine at home. This is a fun idea and one that needs to have a great deal of thought first. Wine making is the next step for anyone that has already tried their hand at brewing their own beer. If they have tried this, they can make wine and good tasting wine at that.

Not everyone is going to be able to make perfect wine the first time. They are going to have to take their time to perfect their recipe and figure out what they are going to need to make the right wine and make sure that it tastes great.

Being clean is critical when you are making wine. You will find that if you keep work area and equipment always clean, you will avoid many problems in the wine making process. You do not want to have unwanted bacteria in your wine solution.

Patience is another must that you have to have. You have to make sure that you are aware that you are going to be working at this for a while. You may be great it the first time or you may find that you need to have more practice. You will also have a hard time waiting to taste your creation. However, you have to let the wine sit for the recommended amount of time so that it can ferment over time.

The actual art of making wine has been around for a long time. The recipes and the styles of wine have changed but the process is just about the same that it always has been. You may find that the recipes have different ingredients, temperatures, yeast, and fruits. This makes no difference. All that really matters is that you are making your own naturally tasting wine. Even if you fail, you will at least have given it the chance. You may succeed or you may fail, but either way you will have enjoyed the experience.

You can find all the information and basics of wine making online and in other literature. You can get everything that you will need to know out of these books. This is how you are going to be able have the know how when it comes to making your own great tasting wine. Once you know what supplies you need and you have the right equipment and state of mind, you can then begin your own wine making experience.

One place you might start is with this article” How to make wine at home. A Great lesson”. CLICK HERE

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