Making Homemade Wine

I like wine, and I love learning how to do new things.  Thing brings me to my latest project – winemaking.  

Making wine has been on my mind for a while but I became intimidated by the process after buying and reading a book that I though would accommodate beginning wine makers; it turned out the book was far more complex.  This stalled my initiative to get started.  I finally decided to research wine making on-line for better instructions, recipes, and a list of ingredients.

From my research I gained enough momentum to go to Fulkerson Winery, a nearby winemaker in the Finger Lakes, to buy some basic supplies. Fulkerson Winery is awesome – they offer Saturday winemaking classes during the season, carry a huge inventory for winemaking and home brewing, and carry grape juice  from just about every grape imaginable. They have even take the time to answer a few of my  questions – very much appreciated!

The pictures below show my juice which is currently fermenting.  Fermenting the first major step to making any wine.  The balloon at the top of my jug will eventually deflate when the fermenting slows.  When this happens there will be an update – so stay turned!

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Have you ever made your own homemade wine or beer?  I’d love to hear about your experiences.  Please share!  What’s one of the hardest DIY projects you’ve ever done?

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10 thoughts on “Making Homemade Wine

  1. We went to fla. and attended a home made wine tasting and fell in love. When we got home we tried our hand at doing it. We tried rasepberry and it turned out okay. then we tried a blackberry but we had a hard time finding just blackberry juice it turned out great.

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    1. Thanks! I’m using concords for my very first batch. If the first batch turns out I will get more creative. There is so much to learn. The fermentation is still on-going but appears to be slowing. I used an aggressive yeast which probably wasn’t necessary – live and learn – lol…

  5. What type(s) of grape are you using to make your wine? As a child, my friend’s family ran a vineyard where we would help make muscadine wine. Great memories that are still evoked with the sweet taste of a muscadine grape. 🙂

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