Wine making is normally considered rather a complicated affair, requiring special equipment and ingredients. But for the non-connoisseur, wine making can sometimes be easy and fun, using standard household equipment and easy to find ingredients.
The first time I tried this, it was done more for the fun of doing it than for expecting great results. As it happened, the wine turned out much better than expected. Of course, you can’t expect it to compare to the high quality wines prepared by wine producers and aged for years, but I personally think it compares favourably to some of the more inexpensive wines you can buy.
Wine Making 101:
- Sterilize a gallon container – glass preferred, stainless steel second choice;
- Gather the ingredients together;
- 6 cups sugar
- 1.36 L (about 1.2 quarts) bottle of Grape Juice – white or red
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 7 – 8 cups of cold water
- Heel of a loaf of bread
- 1 yeast packet
- Pour the grape juice into a stainless steel pan and add the sugar. Over medium heat, bring to a boil, stirring until it becomes a light syrup;
- Remove from heat, pour into the prepared gallon container;
- Add the 7-8 cups cold water;
- Add the raisins;
- Place the bread heel on top of the liquid;
- Sprinkle the yeast on top of the bread heel;
- Cover lightly, DO NOT CLOSE TIGHT;
- Set the jar in an out of the way, preferably dark corner, and leave it alone for a week to 10 days – you’ll see little bubbles forming along the top of the jar;
- Line a colander with a double layer of cheese cloth, then place the colander over a large glass dish or stainless-steel pan;
- Pour the contents of the wine jar into the colander to strain;
- Rinse the wine jar to get rid of any sediment;
- Return the strained wine back to the clean wine jar1 (gallon container), cover it and refrigerate for a day; 1 You can also pour some of the strained wine into the empty grape juice container – just don’t fill it overfull – and close it with the cap.
- And that’s all there’s to it.