As a wine enthusiast, picking up one of the many wine making kits now on the market is something that’s likely to be high on your list of wine related priorities. A wine making kit makes it easy to make good quality wines at home at a cost that’s far lower than buying an equivalent quantity of wine from your local wine or liquor shop.
Even though you don’t have to be an expert in the vintner’s art in order to make some very good wine yourself, the more you know the better your wine is likely to turn out – and the more fun you’ll have doing it. For a few tips that can help you to get a little more from standard wine making kits, read on.
1) Follow your recipe to the letter:
Especially if you’re making wine for the first time, it’s important to follow the recipe or instructions very carefully. You can think of wine making as like baking; the directions really are important and by and large, wine recipes are not nearly as forgiving as say, cookie recipes. You have all the time in the world to experiment later on, but for now, you’re better off following a plan. You’ll learn as you go.
2) Use wine making kits and juice concentrates:
Again, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to branch out and try other things later on, but for now, it’s best to stick with a kit rather than assembling your own set of wine making supplies. By the same token, you’ll almost certainly get better results using a ready-made juice concentrate than you will by trying to use fresh fruit on your first attempt at making wine at home. You can always try this later on once you know a little more about wine making. Concentrates, packaged yeast and wine making kits are there to help you become a skilled vintner while you make some excellent wine along the way.
3) Keep it clean:
Just like brewing beer, it’s critically important to make sure that all of your wine making supplies are thoroughly sanitized before you begin making wine. The process of making wine relies on the right balance of yeast and sugar. Unclean wine making equipment can host to bacteria that can spoil your wine. Make sure that everything’s clean and sanitized before you get started; you’ll thank yourself later.
4) Be patient:
Wine is one of those things you just can’t rush. It’s going to take at least a few months before your wine is ready to drink. If you can resist enjoying the fruits of your labors all at once, try uncorking a bottle every six months or so to see how the flavor and character progress.