Making wine at home on a budget

wine barrels in a winery

Making your own wine yourself is a fascinating business. You will be amazed: it is much easier than you think. First of all, you will find out here which accessories you need to make your own wine. After the preparation, we will give you instructions that will accompany you step by step through to your first private selection.

Which fruit would you like?

When it comes to making wine yourself, many people first think of the classic: a fine drop made from grapes, which is not called that for nothing.

But you can also use other fruit to make wine: for example, do you like strawberries or cherries, raspberries or blackberries? OK then! Because you can make a delicious wine yourself from these types of fruit. With a little practice, you can even turn rhubarb, oranges, or bananas into wine and bottle them for later enjoyment.

For the beginning, however, we assume – in a very classic way – from grapes.

But there is an easier way and that is getting started with making wine at home with an affordable home wine-making kit that will provide you with everything you need.

The most important thing here is that the fruits are very fresh and that they are processed immediately after careful washing and sorting.

You should only use properly ripe fruits that are completely free of rot or signs of spoiling.

After washing, the fruits should dry completely again and not come into contact with metal. This would otherwise result in unfavorable chemical reactions that can significantly cloud the later taste.

man poring home made wine into a glass

Wine Making Equipment

With the following list, you will have all the important equipment and ingredients quickly obtained. You need:

  • A fermentation vessel (for example, made of plastic or a glass balloon)
  • A suitable cover for it
  • A fermentation attachment
  • A suction hose
  • An exact scale
  • A vinometer (shows alcohol content)
  • sugar
  • Citric acid or lactic acid
  • Yeast nutrient salt
  • Pure yeast, liquid (no baker’s yeast!)
  • Lime, acidic
  • Potassium pyrosulfite

If you are tasting your first wine and are still dissatisfied, remember that winemaking is an art that can even be studied (technical term: oenology). So please do not put yourself under unnecessary pressure or give up on the first unsuccessful attempt.

It is better to experiment with small amounts at the beginning and start with grapes before you move on to fruit wines such as apple wine ( cider ) or cherry wine.

Also, keep a detailed record of your procedure, ingredients used, quantities, and devices. Make repeated attempts with the same devices. By variation, you can figure out how to stop unwanted effects. At the same time, the quality of your wine will improve more and more through the trials.

Only when you have gained certainty can you change your approach to making wine yourself:

  • Take other types of fruit, for example, and gain your experience here too.
  • Vary with your equipment: if you initially used a plastic container, then switch to a balloon. This looks more aesthetic and makes it easier for you to observe your product.
  • It is also important that you store your wine properly: The bottles should lie horizontally so that the cork always stays moist.

Ultimately, making wine yourself is easy, and an exciting pastime – with subsequent enjoyment included.

Robert Alegria