By keeping some basic guidelines in mind, you can use this free homemade wine recipe to make your own wine at home. Wine is growing in popularity, and is being consumed by more and more people around the world. Your friends won't believe you made this yourself.
- 15-20 lbs. grapes
- Plastic bowl
- Plastic bucket
- Long wooden spoon
- Panty hose
- 10 lbs. sugar
- 2 gallons water
- 1 packet wine yeast
- Plastic wrap
- Bottles with lids
- Colander or strainer
- Carefully wash all of the grapes. Once they have been thoroughly cleaned, remove any stems, leaves, or twigs that may still be remaining, and discard—you do not want these in your wine.
- Place all of the fruit into the large plastic bucket. Use a potato masher or handheld blender to thorough mix the fruit. If the mixture is relatively thick, consider adding a small amount of water. If you are using an electric mixer, this will prevent the motor from being burned out.
- On a stovetop, add approximately ten pounds of sugar to one gallon of water, and bring to a boil. Once the mixture has reached the clear syrup stage, carefully add in the fruit and mix thoroughly. Put his mixture back into the large plastic bucket, and fill to within six inches of the top of the bucket with water.
Use a large ladle to remove two cups of the mixture, and put it in a plastic bowl. To this, add a pack of wine yeast, and mix thoroughly. Once you are satisfied that this can been combined completely, add back to the rest of the mixture.
Check on the wine every day. Mix it thoroughly with a large wood spoon once a day for a week.
After a week has passed, use a colander or stainer to strain the wine. Squeeze the remaining pulp, trying to get out as much liquid as possible before discarding. Put any remaining pulp into a pair of pantyhose, and hang over the bucket. Let the pantyhose sit undisturbed for about two hours, and then squeeze to get out any remaining pulp.
Pour the mixture into a clean bucket. Put in enough water to fill to within two inches from the top. Put a lid on the bucket, or cover with a piece of plastic wrap. Make sure to add some air holes to prevent the bucket from bursting with pressure.
Place the bucket in a cool, dry place, and leave undisturbed for at least one month. After a month has passed, remove the wine from the top of the bucket, and leave the fruit on the bottom. Place the wine into bottles, and cap.