Wine Making Kits: Would You Serve This Wine To Company?

Back in the 19th century, many European immigrants brought their wine making skills to the United States. Wine making was very common in the 19th and 20th century, and actually thrived during Prohibition. Now, wine making from home is not as common as it once was, but it is still a popular hobby for many.

Wine making these days has evolved into a very popular hobby, akin to gardening. There's a certain amount of pride one takes from growing or producing a consumable product. That said, making wine requires certain equipment, which in my grandfather's time was rather sizeable and took up a lot of space in the basement. Now, you can buy a wine making kit online and have everything you need to become a burgeoning wine maker in just a few days.

Let's take a look at what you get when you buy a wine making kit. Typically, most starter kits run anywhere from $125 to $200. You'll receive a complete set of wine making gadgets and supplies which will include everything you need to produce your first batch of wine.

Also included are specific, detailed instructions to guide you every step along the way. Normally, the process of making a batch of wine takes 4 to 6 weeks, depending upon the type of wine you've chosen to make.

Process And Results

The process itself is fairly easy, although a bit stop and start. For example, after the first step, basically consisting of mixing ingredients, there's a 24 hour waiting period to allow the ingredients to settle. Then, another cleansing of sediment after 5 or 6 days, followed by the 4 to 6 week fermenting period.

Our first batch was, well, our first batch. Certainly not a masterpiece, but drinkable nonetheless. It was what we'd call a simple red table wine, and we were encouraged enough to try the process again. We learned that wine making is a skill that improves the more you practice.

The next batch yielded better results. We produced an apricot wine, using a recipe modeled after a wine we'd enjoyed on one of our U.S. wine trails travels. We were brave enough to share some of this wine with friends and family, and were pleasantly surprised that it received positive reviews (and requests for a 2nd glass).

Since then, we've tended to focus on fruit wines, because fruit wines are fun and very drinkable, not to mention not as intimidating to make in our basement. And while our little wine making hobby hasn't prevented us buying a few bottles from legitimate talented wineries, it's been awfully fun to tell people we're wine makers!

If you have a little patience and enjoy growing things or producing something all your own, consider wine making. We never thought of ourselves as ever being wine makers, but it's been fun and a great topic of conversation. You'll need a willingness to experiment, and a sense of humor for when one of your batches inevitably flops. But, you'll experience a real sense of pride when someone pays compliments to the winemaker!

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Jim Hofman is an author and owner of several wine related websites, and a novice wine maker. For more wine insight, be sure to visit Jim's resource site dedicated to wine, wine accessories, and Wine Making Kits. Cheers!