Home made wine

#1
Any experts here?
I'm thinking of buying a DIY starter kit. Is it really as easy as it sounds and is it possible to attain decent results that will not bring on my kidney stones?
 
#2
it is as easy as it sounds and you can make some terrific wines. Once you are more experienced you can make your own with fruits etc. Then you can experiment with sloe gin etc :)
 
#3
Hmmm, alcoholism beckons!

My stepfather used to make wine using fruit cordial, Ribena etc.
How long would it take approx for decent results of say 12% strength?

Cheers
 
#5
It is easy and a DIY kit was how I started. What I did do however was buy the kit from a little shop in my nearest town. The owner of the shop was an amazing help with hints and tips and ideas for ingredients. Far better than my orignal idea of getting it off the internet, cost me a little bit more but was worth it.
If you are in Fareham/Pompey its in Fareham high street walking towards Aldi and the train station, just opposite the rather good Chinese restaurant and the pelican crossing. Cannot for the life of me remember what it is called.

Sloe Gin is nice, but blackberry whisky is the dogs danglies, even CINCNAGHOME drinks it and she gags at the smell of neat whisky.

Welcome to the world of advanced liver, braincell and kidney destruction :)
 
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My husband inherited his love for DIY wine from his Dad. After his attempt at home brew beer many years ago turned out like TCP, I was a bit dubious about him starting to make his own wine! However it is a decision we have never regretted. Very easy to do and once you're a bit more experienced, you can experiment with your own varieties using hand picked fruit or making spirits - often lethal! The hobby seems even more common now as I've just discovered that Wilkinsons stock a limited range of wine kits that can get you started. Our favourite kits have been the strawberry and tropical pinot grigot ones. Any wines that don't quite work for you, just add sugar to taste.. Yum!
 
#8
My grand-dad, while he could still remember his own name and what he had for breakfast by dinner time, used to make this by the gallon with stuff he'd picked while out and about - stuff like elderflower, rosehips and so on.

You could power a ******* Space Shuttle with the stuff though, and it didn't taste half bad either.

Come to think of it, there's probably still a load of it in his shed. We'll probably need to get EOD to take it away when he finally goes.
 
#9
My friend and I have a wine making collective... and have racks of the stuff going back to 2004 !!! tips use 'Glass' demijohns only the plastic ones are not so good.... wild fruit wines may need racking a few times to get them nice and clear .... also when bottling its a good idea to bottle a small 'tester' bottle along with the normal bottles...it saves opeing a full bottle when you just want to see how its coming along... be prepared to designate a driver though when you have a 'tesing afternoon' ......
 

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#10
Sorry for the thread hijack, but I quite fancy making some cider, I've got loads of cooking apples and some normal cox type ones, I also have a pear tree in the garden. I know I need a press but that is basically it.

Any tips?
 
#11
Sorry for the thread hijack, but I quite fancy making some cider, I've got loads of cooking apples and some normal cox type ones, I also have a pear tree in the garden. I know I need a press but that is basically it.

Any tips?
Not intended as a hijack, but if anyone would care to expand a reply to Ravers' post...

Where's the distinction between cider and apple wine? And, since alcohol is produced by the action of sugar on yeast, is there any need to flavour it with fruit during the fermentation process?
 
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I didnt think you 'added' yeast to Home Made Cider? I thought it fermented on natural yeasts? my cousin makes it... though it has to be said he has very low expectations of his home made muck....
 
#15
I didnt think you 'added' yeast to Home Made Cider? I thought it fermented on natural yeasts? my cousin makes it... though it has to be said he has very low expectations of his home made muck....
Quite right Gracie it will go with the wild yeasts.Why has your cousin low expectations of his brew?.I bet its better than that Oirish shoite thats been kited about for the last few years.
 
#18
I must admit to not having any great success with wine making kits, tried a few different recipes, elderflower etc but somewhat insipid dull tasting results!
One of my mates had an absolutely cracking elderberry wine, tasted like a really strong port, he reckoned it was stronger than normal as he had put extra sugar in during fermentation! Got very pissed on it one night.
My best results wern't with home made wines, but great Sloe gins, always appreciated on beating & shooting days!
 
#19
Top tips.

1: Make sure all the fermentation vessels and bungs etc are sterilised properly, Miltons I think its called.

2: Make sure during fermentation that the air lock S bend trap thing doesnt dry out, needs topping up with a teaspoon of water maybe once a week if in a warm airing cupboard.

3: Get a hydrometer and don't go daft with the sugar, if will become undrinkable, sickly sweet.
 
#20
There's a good thread somewhere on here with great advice. Got me started in fruit juice wines. Was getting 18% out of them but as they tasted a little like fruity cocktails, and would appear innoccuous, guests had a tendancy to overdo it (despite warnings) and feel very sorry for themselves the following day.

Be sure to buy a hygrometer to check your % alcohol.

D_B
 
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