zondag 30 november 2008

What recent advancements allow for a better home winemaking experience?

In spite of the common belief, winemaking is a very simple process that can be done anywhere with the most ordinary ingredients. This art has come to us, the modern man, though ages and ages of wisdom and experience. In ancient times, winemaking was simple, fast and the result was exceptional. In modern days, there are a lot of ways to make wine, some simple on the lines our ancestors, and some as complicated as you would like them.
Thankfully, homemade wines have become a fad the world over and with the pleasure of making wine at home, the demand for better ingredients, automation and fast maturity of the wine have grown by leaps and bounds.
The modernization has not, as expected, improved in any way the process of wine making. You can still the best wines in the traditional way at home, with the ingredients that you can pick from the shelf of your kitchen. However, the hi-tech’s contribution has been to fast forward the maturity time of the wine. This development has made it possible for people to have their wine, almost immediately after it has been bottled and dispatched to the market. Many love this development because the patience of a human being is not the same today, that had been some hundred years ago.
The second great achievement and gift of science-technology to the making of wine is that the grapes quality has become much better, and much more uniform in taste. Hence, the wine’s flavor is fast to develop and better to taste. What the modern could not do, was to improve in any way the art of wine making. The basic wine making art remains the same.
extract the pulp of the grapes by soaking and then crushing and pressing
add your helping ingredients, i.e. yeast, sugar, etc and leave for fermentation for an initial period of about one week
After 7-10 days take the liquid and strain it of the grape skins and other ingredients also allow the liquid to ferment further, while being careful to maintain the temperature at 60-65 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wait till the fermentation totally stops (you will know when the bubbling of the liquid ceases completely)
Strain the liquid again through very fine cheese cotton cloth and let it ferment again – this time for the secondary fermentation. You can repeat this step once or twice at intervals of one or two months
Bottle the resulting liquid and cork them tightly. The bottles will need to be left standing for about five days, after which these should be stored at an angle at 55F for 6-24 months. For white wines, aging should not exceed 12 months.
Sample the wine; if you find it matured, enjoy it. If not, let it age for about six months to one year more.
Numerous reasons to make your own wine at home:
•A relaxing hobby
•Low cost - $3.00 or less per bottle as opposed to $10, $15, $20
•Customizable, if you prefer something a little less dry, it’s your choice
•Hundreds of wine types available•Great gift ideas•Satisfaction and a little prestige

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