Making Homemade Wine from Juice is Quick and Easy
Making homemade wine from juice is really a lot simpler than you might think. It may seem like a ridiculous idea, but the fact of the matter is that you most definitely can go out and buy some frozen grape juice from your local super market and, with a few steps, create your own wine right at home!
The first step in making homemade wine from juice is getting the right equipment, including the right type of juice. The kind of juice you want is the frozen kind in a can, with no preservatives. As for your equipment, the good news is that there are winemaking kits available that will have pretty much everything you need. Most of these kits will cost you anywhere from $80 – $200. No matter what kit you get, it will have detailed instructions for making homemade wine from juice.
Your first step is primary fermentation, which takes about 3-10 days. For this step, all you need to do is follow the instructions provided in your kit. During this primary fermentation, you have to add your essential yeast, sulfites and enzymes. Make sure that you follow the kit’s directions to the letter and mix in the various additives at the appropriate moment. After everything is mixed together, cover the fermentation container with cheese cloth and use a rubber band to secure it.
After primary fermentation, you move on to secondary fermentation, which takes place in a carboy, which is just a glass jug. Before you pour your wine into the carboy, however, you need to thoroughly strain it to get rid of the pulp. After it is thoroughly strained, you can place it in the carboy. Once you have placed it in the carboy, your wine will need to ferment for several more weeks. During this time, you will need to “rack” the wine on occasion. Racking the wine means removing sediments from the wine by way of siphoning it with a plastic tube; this will usually be included in your wine kit.
The last step (besides drinking your wine!) in making homemade wine from juice is the bottling. Believe it or not, bottling is just as important a step as every other one, because of the simple fact that if you don’t do it just right all your hard work will be wasted. Siphon the wine into your wine bottles using the same plastic tube you used for racking, making sure that you don’t overflow your bottles. Once this is done, cork your bottles and sit them upright for three days. Then, you can store them sideways at 55 degrees Fahrenheit, preferably in a wine cooler or cellar. If you are making red wine, it will need to age for at least a year before you can enjoy it properly. White wine, on the other hand, needs only 6 months before you can break it open.
Making homemade wine from juice isn’t as hard as you may think. If you follow these steps and adhere to the instructions in your kit, you’ll be enjoying the wine you made yourself in no time!