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Making your own wine or brewing your own beer at home is a very interesting hobby and it can be even a profitable hobby if you are a smart investor in the right winemaking supplies. In this article we will point you in the right direction.

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Wine Making - Art or Craft

Just an interesting article I found on another site

Wine Making, The Magic Begins!

The magic that is wine making is a fascinating subject, at least for those of us who haven't experienced it up close, and only see the results. Ah but what a glorious result! And it all seems so mysterious.

At first winemaking seems simple enough. The winemaker starts out with some grape juice; he or she puts it in a barrel or stainless steel tank, and then the waiting begins. It can be a few months, it can be a few years, but after all the waiting, we have wine.

Making Your Own Wine -Fun, Easy And Delicious!

For those of you just contemplating wine making, here is another article which outlines the ease of the wine making process.

by Georgia Sutherland

Making home made wine is a fast growing hobby. No wonder, making wine at home has a variety of benefits.

One reason is that the information about wine making is becoming much more available. Books with wine recipes, and a number of “How to’s” can easily be found making it easy to get started.

Some Potential Problems in Wine Making

Wine making is a skill passed down through generations that each succeeding generation likes to add their own touch to. Sometimes when wine makers experiment with their process things work and sometimes they don’t. Many of the problems in wine making come from small changes or problems that may not seem significant at all but they can turn into huge problems in wine making. Some common problems in wine making are things like adding too much of an ingredient or not keeping a close enough eye on the fermenting stage.

Blackberry Mead and a Yeast Test

As you may know from my previous batches, I have been using 1118 yeast which is more of a high alcohol champagne yeast. This time I decided to branch out and try a few things different.
Basically I started with pretty much the same base bringing the specific graivity up to 1.096 ish and separated it out into 2 batches of 8 Litres each. I am trying 2 yeasts, K1116 and 71B 1122 Both by Lalvin.

Lilac Wine

Here is a couple of recipe's I mooched of Jack Keller. I already picked a bunch of lilac and separated the flowers... What a pain. The trick is to make sure there is no green in the flowers while keeping the sweet Stigmata. You can keep the flowers in the freezer if you need to drag the cultivating process over a few weeks.


Calorie Wise wine, what the )(*()*????

Here is a little article I found on reducing alochol content in wine for a healthier wine with less calories. Hmmm, I never knew calories were a concern when drinking wine.

We all are well aware that the great world of wine dates back about as far as anyone can imagine. But the fact is, even though we all appreciate its history and tradition, it is a new day. In this new day, the influence of the wise consumer seems to be taking effect in a new direction, perhaps establishing the new standard of tradition.

Just a little something on Red Wine

Well, the first thing that comes to us about red wines is, the deep rich red colored wine! Red wines are made all over the world, and are generally the most popular type of wine among both connoisseurs and novices.

These wines are made from one or more varieties of the European species Vitis vinifera. The top main varieties of grapes from which red wine is made are, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Syrah/Shiraz, Sangiovese and Nebbiolo. Other red wine grape varieties are Grenache, Zinfandel, Cabernet Franc, Mourvèdre, Tempranillo, Gamay, Pinotage and Malbec.

Wild Mountain Honey Strawberry Mead

They just had a sale on Strawberries at the Local Grocery store. Although I typically prefer local BC Grown Strawberries over the California counterparts, I did manage to find some very sweet smelling large deep red berries in the pile. I immediately grabbed 8 Pounds of them.

Awhile back, I also stumbled across a booth selling organic Honey and picked up a couple of pails of Unpastuerized mountain wild flower Honey. It is a beautifully thick and deep yellow honey with a sweeter and richer taste than the Clover Honey I usually use.

Basic Mead

Here is a Basic Mead recipe I found.

Mead, which is also known as honey wine, is produced from 51 per cent honey, water and yeast. As fruit, spices and herbs can be added to mead, the result is a wide range of varieties, much like grape wine.

Ingredients like yeast, tannin, acids and nutrients can be obtained from beer-or wine-making supply shops or can be ordered online.

Here is a recipe for sweet mead to try at home.

Sweet Mead

1.5 kg (3 1/4 lb) pure honey

3.5 l (14 cups) water (not distilled, no chlorine)

15 ml (3 tsp) malic acid


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