Have you ever made your own wine at home? I recently had the chance to give it a try with the DIY wine kit by Craft a Brew. They offer a couple different flavors including Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon (the one I chose).
I had a very positive experience with this product. I would say the taste is equivalent to boxed wine I’ve purchased at Trader Joe’s, which is not a bad thing. It’s easy to drink and I wouldn’t hesitate sharing it with my friends. I would highly recommend it as a gift for all of the DIY-ers and/or wine lovers in your life.
Here are a few tips from my CraftaBrew Wine making journey!
Before you begin:
- Time: Note that this process takes about 4 weeks total. Most of it is spent during the fermentation stage which is very hands off
- Space: Make space in your kitchen and wear an apron (or clothes you don’t care about). There’s a chance you get the wine on your clothes and, as we all know, wine can stain.
- Wine Buddy: Do it with a partner! Some tasks are just easier with two pairs of hands. Plus, everything is more fun with a friend. At the end, you can reap the benefits together!
Making the Wine: They provide “A Guide to Making Wine” in your kit, which is everything you need from beginning to end. Below are just a few tips from my experience:
- Fermentation (Day 1): I call this the mixing stage. You will be mixing your wine juice base with a bunch of things I can’t pronounce. Very simple. Don’t forget to sanitize your jug!
- Clarifying (Day 14): This is the stirring stage. To start, you need to siphon the wine out of the jug and remove the sediment. This was a little tricky for me, but once I lifted the wine to a higher location and lowered the tube, it was easy. Then there’s lots of vigorous stirring to make sure you remove the gas.
- Bottling and Drinking (Day 30): After two more weeks of patiently waiting, you’re ready to bottle! I just used old empty bottles from wine that I already drank (easy task for me). You will need to siphon the wine out of the jug (once again) and into your bottles, secure the ZORK closures, and you’re done!
The end result?! 5 bottles of homemade wine! If you really want to get crafty, you can make your own labels. Time to start your wine making at home!
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