Winemaking 101

Quick, easy, basic wine recipe for beginners.

 Here, I have a 1-gallon bottle with an airlock to release gas during fermentation.  You can use a balloon with holes poked in it in lieu of the airlock.  
The amount of sugar in your juice is crucial.  The more sugar, the more alcohol.  In this example, there are 30 grams of sugar per 8 ounce glass. 

 
Today, I am using two bottles of this juice.

 
I like the sugar content to be 42 grams per 8 ounce cup.  As we can see, each teaspoon of sugar is 4 grams.  This is where math comes into play.  There are 3 teaspoons per tablespoon, which will equal 12 grams of sugar.  So, we need 1 tablespoon extra sugar per 8 ounces of juice.

Boil 1 cup of water and put the sugar here and dissolve.  It’s important to have your sugar dissolved during wine making. 
   
Using a funnel, pour the juice and simple syrup (sugar water) into the bottle. Add the wine yeast.  This specific yeast can make a nice dry wine.

 
Cover the mouth of your bottle with the balloon with holes poked in it or this airlock filled with a little water.  Place in a cool dark place to ferment, approximately 2-3 weeks.

  
After fermentation is complete, place a coffee filter in a funnel.  Pour out the fermented juice into clean bottles. Store in a cool dry place for 1-2 months.

Drink.

Yields: 1 gallon wine

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