Izabel’s husband is our guest writer today, and he shares with us one of his favorite hobbies, making homemade wine from picked grapes.
There is nothing more relaxing or refreshing than a small glass of wine!
Wine from the Vine – Step 1:
I know some wine enthusiasts will say there are many other kinds of fruit
and other kinds of grapes.
I grew up around concord grapes. My family grew them in our back yard. I helped trim the vines and pick the grapes when I was young.
Simple Homemade Recipe Ingredients and Materials:
A 5 gallon bucket, a 5 gallon carboy (a 5 gallon glass container with a small neck on top), and a water lock with rubber bushing to seal the carboy are the materials you will need to make this simple homemade recipe.
Simple Homemade Recipe Instructions:
Pull out the grape stems and put the grapes in a five gallon bucket. Slightly mash the grapes and add water to fill the bucket.
Put a cloth on top of the bucket to serve as a lid. Let the bucket contents sit for three to four days stirring once a day.
You should see bubbles as the grapes begin to ferment. After four days, press the grapes into juice.
Add this juice to a carboy.
The next step is to get the sugar ready. Put 11 pounds of sugar into a pan and add water. Bring the water to a boil and immediately turn off the heat and let cool to room temperature.
Add the sugar mixture to the carboy. Add more boiled and then cooled water to the carboy to bring the mixture to within the neck of the carboy.
Add a small packet of wine yeast to the mixture. Secure the top of the carboy with a water lock.
The carboy mixture with continue to ferment (bubble) for 3 to 4 months.
When the mixture (wine) stops bubbling, it is ready to bottle.I bottle my wine in 12 ounce glass (clear) beer bottles using a bottle sealer to cap each bottle.
I like bottling it this way because it is just the right amount for 1 or 2
people to sip or drink during or after dinner.
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