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How to Make Homemade Wine | Art in a Bottle

Author J. Davis. Published on June 19, 2011 - 11:40 am (1914 views — 459 words)

Wine is art in a bottle. Each one has its own set of characteristics. If you think you need your own vineyard to create your own wine, then you are mistaken. With the right tools, ingredients and a little bit of patience, you can learn how to make a homemade wine. This is one of the most enjoybale and fun activities to do that allows for great bonding with family and friends.

Let’s begin. Mix the Juice and water in the glass gallon container. Cover, and then shake vigorously to make sure the juice and water are mixed well. As soon as you’re done, add about half a cup of sugar using your funnel and shake it again until the sugar has dissolved completely. Get a bowl of warm water to add a dash of yeast and 2 tablespoon of sugar. The yeast will need to foam up so set it aside until it is about and inch high, then you can pour it in with the mixture and shake again.

The mixture is now ready to be fermented. Grab your balloon and poke a few holes using your pin. Use the balloon as a cover securing it with a rubber band. Place the container in a warm corner for about 2 weeks. You will notice the balloon will inflate in the next few weeks and this will tell you that you are on the right track.

A couple of weeks later the first stage of fermentation ends and the balloon would have deflated. Carefully pour the fermented wine in the second glass container, leaving any residue. Keep for another two weeks to make sure the flavors stick.

Now call your friends for a private wine tasting featuring your very first creation. You and your friends can start a new tradition out of it. Cheers!

To recap here is the recipe to make 1 gallon of homemade wine

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
4 cups sugar
1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen juice concentrate - any flavor except citrus, thawed
3 1/2 quarts cold water, or as needed

Combine the yeast, sugar and juice concentrate in a gallon jug. Fill the jug the rest of the way with cold water. Rinse out a large balloon, and fit it over the opening of the jug. Secure the balloon with a rubber band.

Place jug in a cool dark place. Within a day you will notice the balloon starting to expand. As the sugar turns to alcohol the gasses released will fill up the balloon. When the balloon is deflated back to size the wine is ready to drink. It takes about 6 weeks total.

Use a frozen juice concentrate without added sweeteners for best results.