If you don't have your own grape vineyard, yet want to make homemade wine without all the picking and stomping, try making wine with grape juice concentrate. It's an affordable and simple way to wade into wine making. Instead of purchasing special equipment, use a large jug and a sturdy large balloon. While the wine may not win any awards, it will give you a better understanding of the winemaking process. Before proceeding, sterilise the jug.
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Things you need
- Gallon jug
- Wine yeast
- Heavy balloon
Combine 1,419ml. grape juice concentrate (thawed) with 5 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar in a gallon jug.
Put a lid on the jug and shake well to combine and dissolve the sugar.
Remove the lid and add one package of wine yeast to the bottle. Replace the lid and shake the bottle to blend. Before adding the yeast, read the manufacturer's instructions on adding it to a recipe, which may require hydration in a little water.
Remove the lid. Cover the jug's opening with the balloon, instead of the jug's lid. Secure the balloon to the bottle by tying the balloon to the bottle's neck with a heavy string.
Place the bottle in a dark, cool area. The balloon will begin to expand while fermenting. It will take about a month. When the balloon deflates, the wine is ready.
Tips and warnings
- If the balloon happens to break before it is finished fermenting, replace with another balloon, which has been pricked with a needle.
- Some homemade winemakers prick the balloon with a sharp sewing needle about five times, making tiny holes. The balloon serves as a makeshift airlock, which allows the carbon dioxide to release, without letting air in.
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