Wine Making With Fruits
Whether the fruit comes from the city market or your own backyard, you can make fruit wines of remarkable flavor, body and character. Tremendous wines that are worthy of recognition by friends and family. And what's more, you can create these bottles of wine for a fraction of what they would cost you at the store, and if the fruit's just sitting in your backyard just waiting to be picked--then that's a heck of a deal.
So, go right ahead and dive into the interesting and rewarding hobby of home wine making. By doing so you will be joining thousands of happy people who make and enjoy their own wine with pride.
WHAT KIND OF FRUIT TO CHOOSE
The first step to making fruit wine is figuring out what kind of fruit wine you want to make. This could be anything from banana to blackberry. If you have an abundance of a particular fruit available then that obviously would be a prime candidate for making wine. Or, maybe there's a particular type of fruit that you absolutely love and can't wait to taste it as a wine. Then go for it! There is virtually no limit as to what you can use to create your own fruit wines, and that's part of what makes this pastime so fun and interesting.
If you are having trouble coming up with fruit for making your wine, not to worry. County Fair Fruit Bases offer a year-round solution for making fruit wines. There are 13 different fruit wine juices to choose from.
FINDING A FRUIT WINE RECIPE
There are many sources for wine recipes: books, internet and so forth. Many of these recipes are good, sound recipes; others are--simply put--a recipe for failure. To help you avoid the bad recipes, we have set up a wine recipe chart for making wines from various fruits. These are solid recipes that have been proven time and time again. Each recipe makes 5 gallons. Across the top of the chart you will see all the common home wine making ingredients listed. Down the left column are the different fruits and the amounts needed. Just look across the chart from the type of fruit you want to use and you will see the amounts needed for each of the ingredients.
What makes a wine recipe so valuable is that it allows you to get the right ingredients in the right amounts into the mix. With a sound recipe you will have a sound wine.
GETTING THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
You may be asking yourself, "why do I need all these ingredients?" That's a good question, and here's the answer. Each one of these ingredients plays a distinctly different and vital role in both the wine making process and the resulting flavor of the finished wine. Here is a brief description of what these ingredients do.
Yeast Nutrient: This is not yeast, but rather, energy for the yeast. It insures that your yeast will ferment and make alcohol sufficiently.
Yeast Energizer: Used in place of Yeast Nutrient when fermenting fruits that severely lack the nutrients yeast expects to do its job. It is a more extensive array of nutrients than Yeast Nutrient.
Pectic Enzyme: This is added to help break down the fruit so that you can extract more flavor and body from the fruit. It also helps to insure that your wine will clear up successfully.
Acid Blend: This is used to control the sharpness of the wine. Many wines will not have enough acid on their own once the required water is added. This can leave the wine tasting flat.
Wine Tannin: This is the zest of the fruit. It is added to increase the character of the wine and to help aid in its clarification. It also helps the wine to take better advantage of aging while in storage.
Yeast: This is what actually does all the work. It turns all the sugars in the mix into precious alcohol.
Campden Tablets: These tablets are added before fermentation and again before bottling. They insure that your wine does not spoil and remains fresh tasting up to the point of consumption. Getting these ingredients in the right balance along with the fruit, sugar and water will allow you to produce wines of exceptional character and flavor.
STARTING YOUR FRUIT WINE
Once you have your recipe and ingredients together it's time to make the wine. Making the wine is deceptively easy. It's basically a matter of mixing all the ingredients together and letting Mother Nature do what comes natural.
After a few days you will need to take the pulp out of the wine and from time to time you need to siphon the wine off of the sediment that is occurring throughout the process. But other than that it is primarily a matter of waiting.
For a more detailed look at the actual wine making process you should use The 7 Easy Step To Making Wine. Here you will find all the particulars as to how you should prepare the mix and the timeframes involved between each step. Use these directions in connection with the wine making recipe chart and you will have a winning team.
WHAT EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED?
One of the things that makes wine making so attractive is that you don't have to spend a ton of money to get started, and if you already are buying wine at the store it can actually save you money. But there are some fundamental pieces of home wine making equipment you will need before making your first batch.
Obviously you will need a container for fermenting the juice. You will also need to be able to fit the container with an air-lock. This is to allow gases to escape without letting stuff back into the wine during fermentation. And, you will need some hose for siphoning your wine off of the sediment. All very simple items. A straining bag is also very handy for removing the pulp from the wine. You can leave the bag in the fermentation, filled with pulp, and simply pull it out at the appropriate time.
In addition you will also want to get a hydrometer. The hydrometer will allow you to determine the alcohol level of your wine and it will help you to track the progress of your wine's fermentation. An invaluable tool!
There may be other items that may pique your interest, but this is the basics of what you will need to get started.
BOTTLING YOUR WINE
Bottling your wine is a fairly straight forward process. It is simply a matter of siphoning the wine into the wine bottles and then corking them. You will need wine bottles, corks and a corker. You may also want wine bottle labels and decorative bottle neck capsules. For more information about this take a look at the article "Corking Your Wine Bottles".
You may or may not want to filter your wine before bottling. Doing so will add an additional polish to the wine's already clear appearance. Wine filters come in different sizes based on the amount of wine you are filtering and how fast you want to filter.
A SIMPLE WAY TO GET STARTED
As you can see the number of items required to make fruit wine is small. Just a few ingredients and a few pieces of home wine making equipment and your on your way. Because of this it only makes sense that we put these items into a packaged group, one that allows you to get started with little hassle.
And, that's what we've done. We call it the Your Fruit! Necessities Box. It is a very powerful kit in the sense that it will allow you to make country-style wines out of just about any fruit imaginable. Whether it be berries, orchard fruits or even watermelon you will have the ingredients and equipment needed to get started. And what's more, it all comes at a specially reduced packaged price.
It also includes the "Winemaker's Recipe Handbook" which contains about a hundred recipes and the book "First Steps In Wine Making" which delves further into the wine making process and provides even more wine recipes. A simple way to get started.
ADDITIONAL FRUIT WINE MAKING INFO
Here are a few articles on our web site that may be of interest to you. They are more specific articles that involve the area of fruit wine making:
Home Wine Making With Strawberries
Makng Apple Wine
Makng High Alcohol Wines
Making Sweet Wines
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Making Wine From Grapes
Making Wine From Concentrates
Making Wine With A Starter Kit
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