Friday, October 10, 2014


Looking at making wine and beer.

Making wine:

Quicky Guide to Making Wine.
Wine making can be a lot of fun and actually very easy. I do not really drink myself, but once or twice a year can not be too bad. You pretty much make wine the way you make bread (but without the oven. So it can not be that bad for you. Wine is a fruity delight that goes great with any home cooked meal from scratch.

Notice: Some places have restrictions on how much wine for personal use you can make. I think the rule of thumb at least was one hundred  gallons per adult living on the residence to a maximum of 200 gallons. We make only a few gallons and then maybe one every few years.

Step 1: What to Get.

What to Get.
The original way to make wine was to stomp the grapes and  use the liquid from that process. You can already get fruit juice in frozen concentrated and or juice in a bottle. So why reinvent the wheel. personally I like to use apple cider.

Per 2 litres or so.
2 litres apple cider.
1 teaspoon honey. ( Do not like to use sugar as it leaves more residue to filter out.)
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon yeast per litre. ( i just use regular yeast. but wine making yeast will do a much better job.

Also need 1 balloon per bottle.

Step 2: Fermentation.

Take your materials an put them in a bottle (glass preferably.)
Stir them up well.
Take balloon and flatten it.
Take a simple pin and prick through both sides of your balloon.
turn the balloon ninety degrees and repeat for a total of four holes.
Take the balloon and securely place on top of the bottle.
Do this for each bottle.
As the wine ferments, carbon dioxide will be released so the bottles do not explode.
Place the bottles in cool dry place.
Fermentation should take about two weeks or so when the balloons stop being inflated.

Step 3: Filtering and Aging.

Filtering and Aging.
Once the fermenting is done, you will want to filter out the wine from what is in the bottom of the bottle. You may have to do this more than once. If you used giant vats, this would not be such a problem.

Remove the ballons and do that.
Then you need to reseal the bottles with the regular caps.
Refrigerate. (you may want to check on then and release any gas every so may days.)
Now let the wine age to gain some flavor.
The longer you wait the better the taste, but do not wait forever.
I have some that has been sitting in the fridge for more than a year.
Gosh it's good.

Step 4: Taste Your Wine.

Taste Your Wine.
You will want to pour some wine in a glass and let it aerate a bit.
Once you have done that take a sip and swirl in your mouth.
You know what to do next!

Making beer:

Yet Another Home Made Beer.
Notice: Almost done: just have to add some pictures.

We have made wine before, but never made beer. To be honest, I detest the taste of beer. We set out to make something that could be palatable by all.  We have made several departures from the regular beer making method. We wanted to use what we had on hand. such things as the traditional hops are not used. In our research, we found this departure was done quite a lot.Beer and wine making ore sort of alike in an oversimplified way, but beer is a bit more involved.

Make beer  in a coffee make see:

Step 1: Sweet Extraction Bath.

Sweet Extraction Bath.
Traditionally from what understand is that 170 degree Fahrenheit water is showered over the base malts and raw meal which is then collected. Here we are going to give our base of good old fashion oatmeal a bath in 170 degree Fahrenheit water and then strain the liquid out of the mixture instead. probably need to strain it twice. once to get out the thick stuff and then a second time with filter paper to get out the residue so the liquid is as clear as possible.

Note: Throughout this whole process, make sure your equipment is clean!!!

Step 2: Flavor Bath.

Flavor Bath.
Now we are going to use the strained liquid from the first step, but add some herbs such as oregano, basil, and maybe onion powder. Whatever the final ingredients, it should be very interesting. This mixture we will boil twice. First for the bitterness and secondly for the flavor.

We will boil this mixture sometimes known as wort for about an hour. We will add our ingredients in three stages.

At the start: 1 cup lemon juice.
Twenty minutes to the end, the spices all but the oregano. (we are using basil and several secret herbs.)
Five minutes to the end, we will add the oregano..

Note: Watch carefully or you might have a boil over accident.

Step 3: Fermenting.

At this point we will add the yeast for the mixture to ferment. We made a bit of sweetness to aid in the fermentation of the beer. This usually takes about two weeks. You will want to add an airlock to let out the carbon dioxide so the tank is less likely to explode from the pressure created during the fermentation.

Note: Plants love carbon dioxide. That is why when you talk to your plants they grow better. The plants are just feeding off the carbon dioxide.

Step 4: Carbonization.

Now the liquid mixture is transferred to the carbonization tank being careful not to transfer any of the remnants of the fermentation process.  Can be thought of as a second fermentation but no yeast is added. we might add a little sugar to get the last bit of additional taste.

Step 5: The Tasting.

The Tasting.
Time to taste and the bottle the beer! Then right into the fridge.
Instructables will help you learn how to make anything!

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