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Homemade Wine: How to Make it Without Yeast

Making homemade wine is a long and tedious but pleasurable experience. One of the reasons for the long wait is because we need to let the yeast do its magic and ferment the wine. But did you know that you can make homemade wine without yeast?

Yes! Homemade wine can be made without using yeast and it can be as delicious as any fermented wine can be and easier to do, too. If you’d like to give yeast-less homemade wine a try, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

  • For starters, be sure that all equipment you will use has been cleaned, sterilized and sanitized.

  • Select a fruit that is juicy with an acidity that is not too high. Grapes are, of course, the first choice but you can also use plums, strawberries, raspberries or mulberries. However, it is not advisable to use bananas or apples because they will not make good wine. Berries are the best fruits to use in home made wine making.

  • Collect the fruits that you will be using and be sure that you have enough for the quantity of wine that you want to produce. Basically one quart of grapes will make produce approximately one quart of wine or a little less.

  • Prepare your fruits by removing the seeds and the skin. But if the seeds are really tiny, they are inconsequential and can be left in.

  • With the use of a spoon, fork or any tool you can use, mash the fruit in a large, clean bowl until it has been mashed very well and has turned into a pulp.

  • Transfer the pulp into a sterilized and sanitized glass jar with a large opening. Fill the jar leaving about 2 to 3 inches free space on top. If you want to, you may also pour a bit of distilled water over the bowl where you mashed the fruit in, to make sure you use up every single drop of the mashed fruit.

  • Cover the jar with plastic wrap, secure the opening with a rubber band and make sure that it is air tight. DO NOT use a lid to cover the jar because pressure is expected to build up as the pulp ferments and the jar might explode if too much pressure builds up.

  • Place the jar under the sun for a week. After a week, you will see mold start to form, which should be scraped off thoroughly with a spoon. Scrape off all the molds even if you have to takeout some of the pulp.

  • Measure the remaining pulp and add distilled water to double the quantity of pulp you have. Use a 1:2 ratio of pulp to distilled water. Be sure that you only use distilled water and mix well.

  • Filter the mixture with a cheese cloth and transfer into another clean and sanitized glass jar. Squeeze the cheese cloth with the remaining pulp in order to get all the juice out. Dispose of the pulp.

  • Add 5 to 6 tablespoons of sugar for every quart of the filtered juice. Mix well. Cover the jar again with a new plastic wrap and seal with a rubber band to allow the wine to ferment some more.

  • Set the wine undisturbed in a cool and dark place for three weeks.

  • Filter the wine using a coffee filter or cheese cloth and return it to its original jar, which you first need to rinse thoroughly with hot water. Taste the wine and see if you would like to add some more sugar. Otherwise, seal it with plastic wrap and keep in a cool, dark place.

  • Repeat the above procedure three times more every three weeks – filtering, adding sugar if needed, and then storing the wine in cool, dark place every time. Take extra care not to overdo the sugar because the more sugar you add to the wine, the higher the alcohol content will be of the end product.

  • Age and ferment the wine undisturbed for five (5) months and then filter the wine again using a coffee filter after the fifth month. If you choose so, you can return the filtered wine to its rinsed jar again to let it age some more and to let it complete its fermentation process. Every time you retrieve the wine, you should always filter it.

  • Enjoy your homemade wine after about a year of filtering and fermenting it. Wine that has been aged is much better than new wine.

Although the procedure in making homemade wine without yeast is quite tedious and longer, the resulting wine is very natural, without any additives and is done according to your taste preferences.

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