Wine Making Kits: Would You Share This Wine With Friends?

Wine making in small batches for personal consumption has been around as long as wine itself. In the United States, personal wine making was brought over from Europe as a family skill in the 18th and 19th century. Although you can't sell any wine that you produce from home, it's perfectly legal and is in fact a thriving hobby.

In a way, wine making is like gardening. There's a real sense of accomplishment from producing a consumable product entirely on your own. However, as you might imagine, wine making is slightly more complicated than growing a tomato plant. You'll need special equipment, which used to be sizeable and bulky many years ago. With the advent of wine making kits though, just about anyone can try their hand at making wine at home if they so desire.

Making your first batch of wine is possible in your own home with a wine making starter kit. These kits generally cost $125 to $200 and include everything you need as a fledgling winemaker. You'll receive supplies, gadgets, ingredients, and sealable containers to hold the wine while it ferments.

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 isn't difficult, although it require some patience as it's somewhat stop and start. After mixing the ingredients, there's a 24 hour waiting period which allows the ingredients to settle. Then, at the 5 or 6 day mark, another process is required, followed by the fermenting period which lasts anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

We chose a simple red table wine as our first effort. We found it palatable and quite drinkable, but nowhere near the quality we'd experienced from small local wineries. However, we were encouraged by our efforts and forged ahead with another batch, feeling wine making was a skill to be perfected by practice.

Our second batch was a fruit wine, an light apricot offering we tried to model after a small winery style we'd encountered on a U.S. wine trail visit. This batch we did share with family and friends. It received an almost universal thumbs up from those who tasted it. For reference, we used about 15 pounds of apricot for our wine, and it leaned almost toward a blush style.

We've basically stayed with fruit wines since then, as we're able to experiment somewhat in terms of how much fruit we add and how it affects the end product. While we still enjoy a good wine purchase, it's been fun to share with people that we're wine makers!

In summary, if you like wine and get a kick out of gardening, maybe wine making is for you. An element of patience is required, as well as a willingness to experiment and accept that the occasional batch will outright flop. However, you'll have a hard time surpressing your pride when a friend or family member compliments you on your wine making skills!

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