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Home Made Wine

Home Made Wine

Pour out the wine without restraint or stay,
Pour not by cups, but by the bellyful,
Pour out to all that will.
Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

Here's to the corkscrew
- a useful key to unlock the storehouse of wit,
the treasury of laughter,
the front door of fellowship,
and the gate of pleasant folly.
W.E.P. French

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
The Rubiyaiyat of Omar Khayyam
translated by Edward Fitzgerald

Why pay two thirds in tax when you can make your own perfectly acceptable wine at home? Be warned, once you start it is an addictive hobby and soon you'll have your own cellar full of maturing wines.

Making Your Own Wine

Although you will save money making your own wine, there's little point if the wine you make is awful and nobody wants to drink it.

I'd suggest the best way to get started is by making your wine from grape concentrate or kits. Like any craft, it takes a while to acquire the necessary skills and starting this way means you are far more likely than not to get, at the very least, an acceptable result.

Once you've got to grips with the processes and it has to be said, worked out what went wrong on the odd disaster, you can move on to more advanced 'country' wines from fruits and even vegetables that you and your friends will enjoy.

Hedgerow country wines have been made for hundreds of years and a good country wine can compete with any French wine.

I don't want you to think it's rocket science. People have been making wine for thousands of years using the most basic equipment and today we have far superior tools to do the job, which makes life a lot easier.

Wine Making Equipment Required

You will need some specialist equipment to make your own wine at home but it need not cost a fortune. You may find some of it available second hand but generally the price of buying new equipment is quite low anyway.
More on wine making equipment.

 

Wine Making Yeasts, Preparation & Hygiene

Before you start making your wine it is a good idea to understand the process and to pay attention to hygiene. More wine is ruined by poor hygiene and preparation than anything else yet it is so avoidable.
More on wine making preparation & hygiene

 

Home Wine Making - General Method

A short guide to the basic methods of making wine at home. It really is quite simple so long as you follow the basic rules.
More on wine making - method

 

Country Wine Recipes

Once you've made a few kit wines, you'll be ready to move onto making your own country wines from fruits and even vegetables. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of country wine recipes but these are popular and proven.
Country Wine Recipes

 

 

Wine Manager iPhone App

Wine Manager is an iPhone app that provides a management and reminder system for those keen wine makers out there, whether country fruit wines or grape.  Able to manage up to 100 batches at a time the system allows you to record actions and measurements taken, along with your own personal notes.  By setting the next required action and date it can also be used to act a reminder system to keep control of many different batches and types at different stages of progress. These reminders can be exported to iCal to the calendar of your choice. Available here: Wine Manager

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