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  • Home wine making: Step by step

    It is with great pleasure that I am writing this to you. Home Winemaking: Step by Step was great! I always believed winemaking to be difficult. I mean you see these wine snobs on TV talking about wine and they act like it's almost magical the way wine is created. Well, your book showed me just how easy it can be for a regular joe like myself to do it and do it right.

    You really know how to take the mystrey out of winemaking. Thanks to your book, I placed 2nd in the county fair with the very batch I ever made. BTW, thanks for answering my questions about winemaking. That alone is worth a lot in my book!"

    -- Tom Hensley


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    Tom, I'm glad you posted here. For all those budding oenologists out there who were going to waste 4 years of their life studying wine making, your book offers a much simpler solution. Well done !

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    • #3
      sulfites

      one of the danger of making wine at home is using too many sulfites.
      That is not something easy to control ad newbee might find that the more sulfites you add the lesser problems there are.
      This was typical in Tuscany when you could buy the "vino del contadino" peasant wine, where it had load of sulfites.
      What are you saying about sulfites in your book.

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        Yes, guys tell me about the sulfites issues. How to decide a moderate amount of sulfites to be added in the wine? In fact I have heard somewhere that sulfites are added as preservatives in wine making and they not only stops the growth of bacteria and molds but also preserves the natural flavor of wines so I really wanted to know what are the ultimate facts about it.


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        • #5
          A good (and free) site for those interested in making wine is:http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/

          He has all sorts of recipes for 'country' wines on there - the jalapeno is good! I make lots of wine at home, but nowadays I tend to use a kit because I get more reliable results (important when you're making 23 litres at a time!). I don't add sulphites. The kits comprise concentrated grape juice and yeast - just add water!

          I still make the odd gallon of country wine - parsnip, or blackberry seem to be the most consistent. Also try making mead - very simple, just honey, water and yeast, really (though I add raisins for body and tea for tannin). I made nettle beer last summer, for the first time, and that was good too.

          It's a really fun hobby, doesn't take up much room, and the results are well worth the effort. So long as you are meticulous about sterilising everything, your wines shouldn't need preservatives added - ours never last that long anyway!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Darkginger View Post
            A good (and free) site for those interested in making wine is:http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/

            I make lots of wine at home, but nowadays I tend to use a kit because I get more reliable results (important when you're making 23 litres at a time!). I don't add sulphites. The kits comprise concentrated grape juice and yeast - just add water!

            It's a really fun hobby, doesn't take up much room, and the results are well worth the effort. So long as you are meticulous about sterilising everything, your wines shouldn't need preservatives added - ours never last that long anyway!
            Yes, the Brewing resource above that you have shared with all of us looked pretty cool and i will; try to utilise it as much as possible. Thanks a lot.


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