Ready to learn how to make wine?
These next steps in the wine making process are pretty much the same whether you are using a wine making kit or making fruit wine.
How To Make Wine
OK...Ready....Let's get to work.
Make a mark on your primary fermenter at the 5 gallon point. Do this by filling primary with 5 gallons of water, then discard water. Use tap or spring water. Distilled water is not recommended when learning how to make wine.
(If you have a cat, it is NOT the cat making the noise you will hear at night! This is the most exciting part of learning how to make wine. This means your wine is "working"!)
Fermentation - part 3 wine making instructions
Within 24 hours after adding the yeast, fermentation (foaming) should begin. If it doesn't, don't panic. During cooler weather, fermentation takes longer. If you live in a cold area, during winter place a blanket around the fermenter. If fermentation doesn't start, add another package of yeast and a tablespoon of Super Ferment.(yeast nutrient)
On the third or fourth day of fermentation, take a hydrometer reading. The reading should have dropped from the first day. The specific gravity should keep dropping as your wine ferments. Check it every 3-4 days and keep track of your readings in a journal.
Most fermentation will take about 14 days. The time will vary depending on the temperature and how well the yeast is working. You should ferment your wine down to a specific gravity of 1.000 or lower. .990 is ideal. The lower the SG, the dryer the wine.
If you like a sweeter wine, don't panic, you can sweeten it after it clears and has stabilized.
OK...this is the hardest part of following your wine making instructions. Waiting...and waiting...for your wine to ferment. Don't worry, you are about to taste the BEST homemade wine ever.....YOURS!!
Figure out what kind of label you are going to use. Most wine making kits have stock labels (they cost extra) that adhere to the bottle easily. OR, you can go ahead and design a custom label.
Need a conversion chart?
Sometimes we are given amounts to add to a recipe and don't know how to convert dry to liquid and vice versa. Here is your own handy chart. Print it out and keep it nearby.
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