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Wine Making Kits: So, How Does The Wine Taste?

Jan 26, 2008
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.

Wine making these days has evolved into a very popular hobby, akin to gardening. There's a certain amount of pride one takes from growing or producing a consumable product. That said, making wine requires certain equipment, which in my grandfather's time was rather sizeable and took up a lot of space in the basement. Now, you can buy a wine making kit online and have everything you need to become a burgeoning wine maker in just a few days.

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.

With a wine making starter kit, not much is left to chance. You'll be provided a detailed set of instructions, with no knowledge assumed. That actually worked well for us since we knew absolutely nothing about making wine. The entire process takes anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks, from opening the wine kit box to actually drinking the wine.

The Process And The Taste

The process itself is fairly easy, although a bit stop and start. For example, after the first step, basically consisting of mixing ingredients, there's a 24 hour waiting period to allow the ingredients to settle. Then, another cleansing of sediment after 5 or 6 days, followed by the 4 to 6 week fermenting period.

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 next effort was a batch of fruit wine, apricot to be precise. We wanted to try a fruit wine because we really enjoy some of the fruit wines produced by small local wineries on our U.S. wine trails travels. We actually shared this bottling with friends, and were pleased by their positive comments and request for us to make another batch.

Since then, we've tended to focus on fruit wines, because fruit wines are fun and very drinkable, not to mention not as intimidating to make in our basement. And while our little wine making hobby hasn't prevented us buying a few bottles from legitimate talented wineries, it's been awfully fun to tell people we're wine makers!

So, if you're looking for a fun hobby and enjoy wine, consider wine making with a starter kit. You'll need a little patience and a desire to experiment, but you'll experience the pride that comes with producing wine from scratch.
About the Author
Jim Hofman is an author and owner of several wine related websites, and a novice wine maker. For more wine insight, you're cordially invited to visit Jim's resource site dedicated to wine, wine accessories, and Wine Making Kits. Cheers!
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