Winemaking at home is much easier than a lot of people believe. Really, if you can make soup, you can make wine. Granted, there are a number of things that can go wrong with the wine making process, but as long as you are diligent and mindful of sanitizing your equipment, you have little to worry about.
Making delicious wine can be another matter entirely. Wine connoisseurs take into account a number of different variables in what they believe makes a great wine. Making wine that lives up to these heady standards can be difficult, especially if you are unsure of what methods to use.
So, how do we do this without breaking the bank? There are a number of ways to get great ingredients for wine at a very low cost to you. Here are a few ideas and suggestions to get you started:
- Winemaking Kits
Most wine supply stores and wine making websites will have a number of different kits available to make wine with. These kits often contain all of the ingredients you need to make a tasty batch of wine. These kits come with detailed instructions on how to prepare your wine, as well as explanations of the additives and other ingredients used in them. If you are new to winemaking, then this is probably the easiest and most cost effective way to go.
- Farmer’s Markets
If you are wanting to make fruit wine, and you are not wanting to make wine from a kit, then going to your local farmer’s market is a great way to procure the fruit you need in the quantities required to make a large batch of wine. There are lots of benefits to going to a farmer’s market. You pay low costs for what you get, because you are buying directly from the farmers. The fruit you get is more than likely free of the harmful chemicals and preservatives that get sprayed on produce at the grocery store. It is easier to find organically grown fruit. Best of all, you will be actively supporting your local economy.
- Local Wine Supply Stores
This is another great way to support the local economy. There are, more than likely, many home winemakers in your area. Tracking down a local wine supply store will definitely help your wallet, as buying from these stores eliminates the need to pay for shipping and other costs associated with ordering from a website. Also, shopping at a local store allows you to find some great deals from time to time, and you will probably be able to get free advice and suggestions on what types of ingredients and equipment that will work best for you.
- Ingredients and additives
There are a LOT of different additives and other ingredients that you can add to your wine. If you know what they do, it may be possible to find a suitable substitution. For instance, if your recipe calls for an acid blend, you might be able to suffice with adding a couple tablespoons of lemon juice. If your recipe has tannins added to it, then perhaps you’d rather add raisins or some strongly brewed black tea, instead of adding the commercially available tannins. There are countless things you can do.