If you enjoy drinking wine, you may be interested in learning how to make grape wine of your own. Making your own grape wine isn't difficult or expensive. In fact, you can make your own wine in a matter of a few weeks. Grape wine can be made using pre-prepared, store-bought grape juice, or you can crush your own fresh grapes. Read on for more information on how to make homemade grape wine using fresh grapes. In order to make grape wine, you'll need some basic ingredients along with containers to hold the wine while it ferments.
To make grape wine, you will need:
- 3 pounds grapes (black varieties work well)
- 3 pounds sugar
- 1 ounce yeast
- 1 gallon water
- A fermenting vessel (must be large enough to hold approximately one gallon of wine)
- Plastic wrap or cheese cloth
- Prepare the grapes. Once you have all your ingredients and supplies at the ready, it's time to crush some grapes. You can use a potato masher if you have one, or you can use a large spatula or anything else that will crush the grapes (including your bare hands). Don't worry about removing the grape skins, it isn't necessary. Thoroughly crush the grapes in a large bowl and set aside.
- Prepare sugar and water. In a large pan, bring the water to a boil and add sugar. Continue heating the mixture until all of the sugar is dissolved. This process usually takes just a few minutes. Remove the mixture from heat.
- Mix the grapes with the additional ingredients. Pour the sugar and water mixture over your crushed grapes. Be especially careful as the mixture will be extremely hot. Gently stir to ensure that the grapes and water combine. Allow the mixture to cool. Add the yeast to the mixture and stir thoroughly.
- Secure and store your wine. When you've combined all of your ingredients, it is time to pour the mixture into your fermenting vessel. If you can find a glass container large enough to hold your mixture (about one gallon), this is ideal. Once you've poured in your grape wine mixture, secure the top of the vessel with plastic wrap or cheese cloth. Use your string to make sure the covering stays in place. Store the container in a warm, dry place while the wine ferments. This process should take approximately two weeks.
- Strain the wine. Remove the cheese cloth or plastic and use a strainer to carefully remove any remaining pulp. Pour the wine into a container and serve.