Home brewing is becoming an increasingly popular hobby in the UK, allowing you to produce commercial quality wine at a fraction of the commercial price! Legally there are no limits in the UK on how much wine you can produce, as long as you don’t try to sell it. The process of how to make wine is easy enough if you follow basic winemaking guidelines and simply require some ingredients, equipment and a little patience!
How to make wine: the equipment list
A basic winemaking equipment list will include a large, lidded bucket with a fermentation lock, a siphon, a funnel, a trial jar, a hydrometer, sterilising equipment and wine bottles and corks to hold the finished product.
You can buy all of this separately or in a convenient kit made by Kilner from Wares of Knutsford. Our home brewing department has all you need either as a novice starting from scratch or if you simply need to renew some older equipment. There are also ‘Make Your Own’ kits which include ingredients not only for red and white wine but also lager, cider and bitter.
How to make wine at home
Before you begin, sterilise all your equipment – any nasty bacteria hanging around can rui your home brewing endeavours. The basic winemaking method then involves adding grape juice in concentrate form, water, sugar and yeast to your bucket. At this point the mixture will need to kept at a steady temperature of 21C-24C for a certain amount of time to allow for fermentation. Your trial jar and hydrometer will allow you to check on how the process is going and choose how dry or sweet you want your wine to be. Overall you are looking at a few weeks from beginning to producing something very drinkable. In general white wine is ready quicker than red, which needs more time to mature.
Kilner wine making kits contain clear and detailed instructions on the process – you can’t go wrong!
As you grow in experience and confidence, you can start to experiment with the combination and quantity of ingredients. These may not always turn out well but that’s part of the fun!
Patience is key to produce a fine tasting wine – don’t try to rush any of the steps or leave anything out. If you are not sure that your wine is coming along as it should, there is plenty of advice and help online for home winemakers.