Me - I make my own wine - I don't use a kit, I use stuff from the garden. Most fruit will ferment without the use of additional yeast.
My favs are reds - blackcurrents, sloes, elderberries, blackberries. We use anything from the garden - apples, pears, rhubarb, cherries, redcurrents. You can also make mead and tea wines which are good.
We have 2 big buckets which we put the fruit in, add water sugar or honey, malt extract, dregs from a few pots of tea, lemon juice. Let that ferment for a couple of weeks - we use lidded buckets so you need to open the lid every morning to release the pressure. When you don't need to do that, say 2-3 weeks we strain and transfer the liqid to a demijohn. Once it's stoped fermenting we rack it and store it in a demijohn to age - it lives in the cupboard under the stairs. When we need a demijohn we bottle the oldest wine and leave in the wine rack in the kitchen.
There is some cherry wine in the fridge - it is a fairly light rose suitable for summer afternoons. Morello cherries make a much darker wine - more for an evening meal.
What do you need equipment wise?
Large plastic bucket with lid.Demijohns (min2)6 wine bottlesmilton for sterilisingcorks - for demijohn and bottlesairlocks with corksfunnels - large for demijohn, small for bottlesyphon hosecoffee filter papersmuslin or cheesecloth or similar
you can use yeast, a hydrometer for checking alcohol content - I don't bother.you may need finning and a miriad of other things.
Check out your local charity shops for books on home brewing, I have some very old books, I think they came from jumble sales, one has some very odd recipes and advice. Certainly written before the advent of supermarkets.
Been brewing for years.
Make my own Cider,Stout & also Elderflower Champagne.
Took my Cider to the Welsh National Champs in 2006 & won best new producer.
If you fancy having a go @ wine try,the Elderflower Champagne as an easy intro & see how you go.
The basic for this are Elderflower,stalks & all in large brewing bin or plastic refuse bin.
Top up with cold water,juice of 3 or 4 lemons,chuck in a bits of the peel.
1kg of dissolved sugar.
Top of with cold water to 20 Ltrs.
Leave in warm place for 2 or 3 days,strain & bottle.
have look on one of the many brewing websites & get one of the very reasonably priced starter kits.
If you really get into it & king keg is must for keeping the stuff really fresh & on constant tap.
Ginger beer plant is drop dead easy to create and keep going - I can't keep up and drink that much ginger beer.
As BRT says - look for a speciality brewing website for your kit. The plastic has to be quite thick otherwise it breathes and ruins your wine. (or beer)
OH - I use large glass bottles for ginger beer - stuff the top with organic cotton wool and cover with gauze.
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