Wine Making Equipment

All of the equipment and instructions that you are going to need to start making your own wine at home.

 

Why Does Wine Taste Better With Age?

Many millions of dollars are spent every day in the pursuit of finding the oldest and best wine that a wine connoisseur can taste. These people have perfected the art of turning old wine into a valuable commodity based purely on its age and rarity. This luxury item is designed by the master wine makers to age beautifully over decades and slowly turn into a true work of art.

 

Wine does taste better with age for one specific reason; tannin. Specifically, the loss of tannins over time. It is the levels of tannin that are exclusive to red wine that gives your mouth a dry feeling, similar to drinking a very strong tea. Over several years of storage at cellar temperatures, the tannin levels slowly decrease, which leads to a sweeter wine that leaves the taster with less of a dry feeling.

 

Modern wines are generally mass produced and the manufacturers know that their wines are not going to be kept at the optimum cellar temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This is why most wines do not age as gracefully as a wine that has been created with the forethought of several decades of ageing.

 

So that is why wine tastes better with age. If you don’t believe me, you can always go to a high end restaurant, talk to the sommelier about what they have to offer and order yourself a couple glasses to compare their tastes.

Advanced Wine Making Equipment

Since by now I am sure that most of you have read all about how to make your wine at home and the basic pieces of wine making equipment that you need to get yourself a good brew going you are probably going to want to learn about the more advanced pieces of wine making equipment.

The basics include a fermenting bucket, an airlock, a carboy, also known as a demijohn, and some siphons. I just wanted to reiterate about those items, in case some of you have not been paying attention.

Which leads us to, the more intermediate bits of wine making equipment, which are, a second carboy for more filtering of the wine during the secondary fermentation process. A wine filtration system, This is great if you want to have a wine that is free of any particles. You will also need some gauges to test the temperature and specific gravity which will tell you about the alcohol content of your wine. These are a thermometer and a hydrometer, which you can make at home if you want to.

Something else that I want to tell you about that goes along with the other wine testing items that I have listed is the wine thief. This is a very simple wine tool that is used to snag a sample of wine out of the brewing process so you can test to see how far along your wine is progressing. Just make sure that like always, your wine thief is properly sterilized because you don’t want to ruin the whole batch when you are only looking to sample it. You are also going to want to get yourself a testing tube to put the wine in so you can check it for all of the various attributes that it needs to have in order for you to have the best wine that you possibly can.

If you are planning on stepping up your game in the hobby of wine making then you are going to definitely want to get your hands on these more advanced pieces of equipment. The basics are nice but if you are looking to really make a great wine, you are going to need these. So good luck and happy brewing.

 

Wine Making: Take the Step Toward Small Business?

For many, the art of wine making is simply a hobby and yes, it does come in handy when giving gifts. Although friends and family love the aroma and taste of your wine, does that mean you should consider selling it? Well, not so fast. Just like it takes patience and a few months to make wine, it takes patience to begin the process of selling your wine.

 

Wine making kits are great for getting started and seeing the process of making wine. However, these kits are not enough to get started in the wine business. It takes quite a bit of financial investment that a lot of people are not prepared for.

 

When many people decide that entering the business is not for them, it is when they find out all of the legal processes they will encounter. A license and permit at the state and federal level are required. For those who are discouraged by this, perhaps it is best to hire somebody who focuses solely on the legal aspect of your business. But just because he or she will be the expert in this area does not mean that you should not be involved. It is important to know everything that goes on in your business because ignorance will not when any legal battles.

 

After diving into the legal aspect of your new business, you will want to develop a brand personality. What type of person do you honestly see falling in love with your wine? Take this person and try to figure out what is important to him:

  • What does this person do in his free time?
  • Who moves about in his closest social circles?
  • Where does he spend the majority of his time?
  • When would this person enjoy a glass of your wine?

Giving your wine a personality makes it easier for consumers to relate and this is the key that many start-up businesses do not take the time to think about and where you will be a step ahead of everybody else.

 

Now that almost everything is in place, the next question you need to ask yourself is how are you going to market your wine? You have already determined what type of consumer will purchase your wine so now it is important to determine what marketing tools would be best for that type of consumer. For starters, having a website is ideal. Consumers are always seeking information so they will want to know about your product, what makes it different from others, and also be able to find this information easily. Choose a web address that is easy to remember. Domain names for small businesses can already be taken so it is important to search and find what is right for you. Social media is also important and a great marketing tool when the advertising budget is really small. Local wine competitions can help spread your name as well.

 

Starting a business can be difficult but with hard work and determination, you can share the joy that your wine brings to friends, family, and now with others who share your passion of wine while also making money at the same time! If things become stressful, just take a step back, enjoy a glass of wine, and remember that your businesses is not about stress but enjoying the good life.

 

Author Bio: Katei Cranford is a freelance writer and house-party sommelier who never met a Pinot Nior she didn’t like.

Wine Making Tools

If уоu rеаllу love the beverage, then thе idea of creating it іn yоur home muѕt hаve comе tо mind аt least onсе. Thе notion оf а beginner producing hіs vеrу own fіrѕt batch оf wine is verу роsѕіble, and won’t require уоu tо be аn expert vintner tо pull off a task lіke this.

Of cоurse, it’ll require уou tо learn а fеw things in order tо ensure the whоlе process runs smoothly. But mоѕt importantly, уou’rе going tо neеd wine making tools tо gеt thе job donе. Thе equipment usеd bу winemakers саn gеt any novice confused. And wіth thе wide selection оf complex gear tо choose from, people usually get discouraged from carrying оut theіr ambitions оf making theіr own versions оf thе brew.

Sо as tо make things easier for you, I’m gоіng tо be sharing the 5 basic wine making tools thаt evеry individual will nеed for making thе magic “elixir” іn thе comfort оf theіr vеry homes. Wіth thаt ѕaid, hеrе’s thе firѕt оnе: a carboy, whісh essentially іs а container used fоr fermenting wine.

Although іt would be better, уоu don’t hаve to go оut and buy аn actual carboy. Any container іn уоur abode сan bе utilize, just ѕo long thаt іt hаs bееn properly sterilize and сan fit the 2nd item уоu’ll be uѕing for creating thіѕ beverage, which iѕ аn airlock.

This is the device thаt makes thе fermentation process рoѕѕіble. The worst thing that сan happen during thіs crucial procedure iѕ hаvіng air аnd dust packed with bacteria get іn, so it’s vital that уou prevent thаt frоm happening. Moreovеr, yоu hаve to ensure thаt the carbon dioxide iѕ properly expelled whіlе thе drink іs fermenting.

And thаt’s whеre thе airlock соmеѕ іnto thе picture; іt prevents air and dust carrying bacteria frоm gеttіng inside thе concoction. At thе ѕamе time, іt allows thе CO2 buildup to escape frоm the demijohn (wine language term fоr carboy).

3rd on оur list оf wine making tools iѕ the siphon – nоthіng complicated with this piece of equipment. All the gadget dоеѕ іѕ transfer thе liquid frоm thе demijohn tо anоthеr container. For larger amounts оf fluid, ѕuсh aѕ 5 gallons аnd аbоve, аn auto-siphon would dеfіnіtely соmе іn handy for making things easier.

Maintaining аn ideal temperature range iѕ significant fоr the yeast to grow properly, whісh brings uѕ to thе 4th tool on the list. A thermometer iѕ uѕed for monitoring the temperature – yeast grows best wіthіn 21 to 27 Celsius.
5th and last of the basic wine making tools іs thе hydrometer – thіѕ contraption iѕ whаt determines the alcohol levels of thе wine.

About the Author : Thiѕ Guеѕt Poѕt was written bу Lіѕa Colасо. She is a writer who сurrentlу blоgѕ for vаrіоus hеаlth blоgs. She also hаѕ a соld ѕorеѕ blоg, whiсh delivers excellent informаtiоn аbout what is a cold sore

How different wine regions can affect the taste of wine

There are a number of factors, outside of the type of grape being grown, that affect the taste of wine. The region the grape is grown in, for example, will greatly affect the final product and the taste that hits your lips. The climate of the region, the soil in the area and even the topography of the land can all change the taste of wine, even the tiniest variants can affect the final product – so keep reading to discover more!

One of the main things that affects the way a wine tastes is the climate of the region where the grapes are grown. Grapes produced in different climates around the world will produce different taste results. An example is that grapes grown in a cooler climate will have a more fruity taste and will have a medium body. If the grapes are grown in a traditionally hotter climate, the wine will have more of a rich or concentrated flavour. Generally speaking, when temperatures of the region go up were the grapes are grown, acidity goes down and the flavour and body of the wine go up.

The soil type of the region also creates a profound effect on the way the wine tastes. Grape vines will produce a different quality of grape depending on the type of soil they are grown in. This happens because of the different nutrient levels found in these soil types. Some studies have found that grapes grown in volcanic soil, like that found in Italy, can produce the best tasting wine. This is due to the the rich nutrient base of the soil. In addition the soil can also impart a subtle taste to the finished wine. Vines, for example, in limestone rich areas like Burgundy, France impart the taste of limestone to the Chardonnays made from the grapes.

The topography of the region in which the grapes are grown will also affect the taste of the grapes and the wine produced. Grapes planted on hillsides escape the threat of an early frost, but they may be susceptible to soil erosion which effects how large and well they can grow. Grapes planted in the valley, like Napa Valley,CA, are easy to maintain and cultivate, but they can be more at risk from frost. Being close to a water source can also affect the taste of the grapes. Being close to water allows the grapes to absorb more water and the grapes will be larger and have a milder or weaker taste.

Author Bio: Elle-Rose works for lomito as a food and drink writer. Lomito is a steak restaurant in London

Wine Making Equipment Videos!

Hello readers. I have decided to try some thing other than the written word for this lovely little blog. Videos!

I am actually kind of proud of how this first one about home made hydrometers turned out. I am planning on making videos about everything that I possibly can so be prepared for a lot of great info and be sure to subscribe to get updates.

Thanks and enjoy,

P.S. The clicking sounds that you hear is the Sony a35 camera, auto focusing.

Why do wine bottles have concave bottoms?

If you have ever noticed that there is a dimple in the bottom of your wine bottle and wondered why the bottle has a dent in the bottom then you are in the right place to find an answer. This dent in the bottom of your wine bottle is more commonly called a punt.

Wine Bottle Punt

There are many different reasons why this is. Here is a good list of some of the rasons that I have found.

  • Status Symbol – The larger the punt, the better the wine.
  • Stability – It decreases the chances that the bottle will topple over. If there is less surface area in the middle then there is almost no chance that the bottle will be wobbily. If you had a wine bottle with a flat bottom, it would only take a small imperfection in the glass to make it unstable.
  • Glass Blowing Issue – It is a throwback to when glass bottles were blown by hand. It hides any imperfections that might be in the glass where the glass blowing tube was attached to the molten hot glass.
  • Sediment Collection – Some wines, if not properly filtered will still have some sediment in them. This is true of older wines that have been aged for many years. The sediment will form a thick ring around the bottom of the dent and not be easily removed by pouring the wine.
  • Manufacturing – The punt is used in the manufacturing process by being the spot where the bottle can rest securely on conveyor belts while it speeds along in the filling process.
  • Strengthens The Bottle – The shape and the thickness of the punt is also used to increase the strength of the wine bottle which will allow the bottle to hold beverages that are under pressure like sparkling wine.
  • Holding and Pouring – It provides a nice place for the person pouring the wine to place their thumb which aids in pouring the wine.
  • Optical Illusion – The punt can trick a customer into thinking that the bottle is bigger than it actually is and that it has more value than the other brand of wine on the shelf next to it.
  • Secret Messages – There is a legend that says that in ancient times the servants in the houses of the nobles would know party guests better than their masters would. To show whether a guest was reliable or not a servant would put a “thumbs up” inside of the punt while pouring the wine.
Wine Bottle Punt Close Up

Now that all of your wine punt related questions have been answered, you can comfortably enjoy your well balanced, sediment free wine and thank the punt that is tucked away on the bottom of the bottle.

Wine Bottle Dent

Wine for Women

According to The Wine Institute, the United States hit an all-time high record for wine shipments in the year 2011.This record made America the World’s Largest Wine Market, with the total wine sales rising up to 347 million cases. These sales were an increase of 5.3% from 2010. Therefore, these figures show that wine is a part of most people’s daily lives, both in the US and other parts of the globe.

 

Out of the 347 million cases of wine sold in 2011, an estimated 64% of wine consumers were women. This is despite the fact that vintners have never focused their marketing to target women wine consumers. Women wine consumers have no particular focus on wine ratings or the processing period, which is unlike men. Women take wine as the perfect way to celebrate or even to compliment a special meal with special people. Women select their wines based on recommendations from friends. A wine for women is something to be shared in order to create a bonding moment with people who matter to them. This is quite the opposite for men who purchase wine to stock-up their wine cellars.

 

Wine Brands for Women

In the past, the wine’s market was limited to the male populace. Women were never considered part of the market equation until recently. This change occurred when vintners introduced a few wine brands specifically to cater for the female counterparts. Brands such as Mad Housewife, White Lie and Seduction emerged to capture the female wine consumers. However, attracting the attention from women lasted only for a short period. Women were given attention as potential big wine consumers and the vintners recognized this fact. That is why vintners have launched these women wine brands.

 

Health Benefits of Red Wine for Women

Studies and researches by nutritionists, doctors and other wellness professionals have shown that red wine has many health benefits. These benefits are for both men and women. Red wine contains substances that help prevent some cancers and other illnesses. Hence, most women prefer having red wine to having the white wine. Following are some of the health conditions that can be prevented by taking wine.

 

  • Breast Cancer

Some studies have shown that red wine contains substances that act as aromatase inhibitors. These compounds are used for the treatment of breast cancer. Therefore, red wine helps reduce the risk of breast cancer.

 

  • High Blood Pressure

Studies showed that two glasses of red wine after a meal could lower the post-meal blood pressure in people diagnosed to be hypertensive. However, excessive red wine consumption increases the risk factor of hypertension.

 

  • Coronary Heart Disease

Red wine has the capability to reduce the production of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol and improving the production of HDL (high density lipoprotein) cholesterol.T herefore, this wide reduces the risk of coronary heart disease significantly.

 

  • Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Research and studies show that resveratrol, a substance found in red wine (polyphenol) helps in the production of neuro-protective effects which correlates to a low risk of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

 

  • Lung Cancer

Red wine has antioxidant components,which help in reducing the risk of lung cancer infection. A glass of wine consumed each day translates to about 2% reductions in the risk of someone suffering from lung cancer.

 

  • Pregnancy

Drinking red wine or any alcohol when a woman is pregnant can have contrasting results, as different studies have shown. Some studies show that pregnant women who occasionally drink red wine deliver babies that have no birth defects. Other studies show that drinking red wine while pregnant results in birth defects (the worst defect is the FAS or fetal alcohol syndrome) in the newborn baby. As a rule, pregnant women are advised to abstain from any alcohol intake during the entire pregnancy period. Giving birth to a healthy child should be a woman’s greatest concern during her pregnancy.

 

Wine for Socializing

The most common and effective tool for socializing among women is through a glass of wine. Business deals and contracts are usually made after a bottle of wine is shared by the business parties. For most women, drinking wine has become part of the job requirements especially if the job requires interacting with the customers and clientele. After a week long discussion over business propositions, a toast for a job well done just has to be made.

 

Effects of Wine

As most studies would show, when red or white wine is taken in moderation, it could have more beneficial effects than ill effects. A man should know that the allowed serving for wine per day is a maximum of two glasses. Likewise, a woman should know that only one glass of wine per day can give beneficial effects. Taking wine in amounts larger that these limits would not be helpful. Consuming too much alcohol for a long period could result into addiction. A higher risk is the presence of fat in the bloodstream. This is because elevated serum triglycerides are caused by drinking of more than 3 glasses of wine almost every day.

 

Women with other health conditions such as liver diseases, uncontrolled depression, pancreatitis or unregulated hypertension are advised not to consume red or white wine or any alcoholic beverage. Consuming these alcoholic beverages could worsen such health conditions.

 

While there are proofs for the many health benefits derived from either red or white wine, doctors are still discouraging men and women from habitual and excessive drinking. The doctors say that such consumption can have harmful effects on an individual’s health.

 

Author Bio: Hi there! My name is Kate Hardy from California, USA. I am 38 years old, a practicing nurse and work as a freelance writer for pregnancysypmtoms.net. I have a wonderful family who supports my passion for writing. While working as a nurse at our community hospital part time and raising our kids, I really enjoy every bit of writing experience I have with pregnancysymptoms.net. 

How to Become A Wine Snob in 10 days or Less

Wine is the drink that is most associated with the rich, being linked to fine cuisine and etiquette. Once it was only consumed by elite classes, but it is now found in homes around the world. According to the Wine Institute, 784 million gallons of wine were consumed in the United States in 2010 compared to just 590 million gallons in 1990.

 

Many people want to better understand the different types, regions, and pairings to avoid looking common or embarrass themselves when ordering wine. Knowing some of the basic facts about wine will turn you from commoner to connoisseur. Try reading books like Windows on the World Complete Wine Course or Wine: Flavour Chemistry and use a Barnes and Noble coupon code to pick them up at a bargain.

 

Here are some key points you need to know about wine to turn you into a snob:

 

Red or White

Which should you choose? White or red? In some cases it is a matter of your own personal taste, but in others it may be right to pair your wine with your meal. Remember to pair white with white and red with red. For example, you’ll want to drink white with chicken and red with beef.

 

How to Order Wine

If you’re just starting to learn about wine, things like vintage, variety and region aren’t going to make a lot of sense to you at first. Ask your server what would pair well with your meal or what their best sellers are. If you’re still unsure, ask them for a tasting or just order a single glass. They will bring you the bottle to verify the details. After the server opens the wine, they will sometimes present you with the cork. Check to make sure the cork hasn’t been damaged or improperly stored. This is how you check to make sure it is of good quality.

 

How to Smell Wine

After you have checked the wine, your server will present you a glass to taste. To appraise (taste) wine, make sure the glass is ⅓ full only. Swirl the glass several times so the aroma can rise, allowing you to take a smell. Put your nose into the glass and take 2 or 3 quick sniffs. Does it have a berry smell? Perhaps vanilla or oak?

 

How to Taste Wine

Next, take a generous taste of the wine and swirl it around in your mouth (similar to mouth washing, but not as vigorous). Note specific tastes of the wine. For example, is it fruity? Woodsy? Some find that holding your breath or closing your nose will help you taste the wine better.

 

The most common types of red wine include Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Shiraz and white wines include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot Grigio. Try different lower cost wines at home for 10 days to better understand the different types, tastes and aromas of wine.

 

You will always meet someone who knows more about wine than you do. True wine connoisseurs will understand the wine regions, soil conditions, and weather conditions that influence the taste of a specific type of wine. This type of knowledge will come with time and experience. The more you drink, the better you’ll become at distinguishing types of wines. If you would like to learn more, tour vineyards and ask questions or attend local wine tastings. How long will it take you to become a wine snob?

 

Author Bio: Check out Natalie MacLean’s Wine Blog and www.foodandwine.com for more tips about wine.

The Truth About Venturing Into A Wine Business

Venturing into a wine business can be profitable if managed properly and effectively. How many social events will require wines and beverages throughout the year? However, managing a wine business can also be competitive and expensive. So if you are really considering venturing into a wine business, you need to be sure what you are getting into. Here are some tips on how to become a successful wine business entrepreneur.

 

According to William Foley, founder and owner of the Foley Wine Group, you will first need a huge parcel of land for growing pinot noir and chardonnay vines. It will still take around a year for the vines to grow their first crop. Afterwards, you will need to put up a production facility and a tasting room. While the construction may not take a long time, it would be the winery equipment and supplies that would be expensive. According to Foley, he invested around $15 million just to get the business started.

 

Whether the wine business you are planning to put up is big or small, make sure that you are really financially capable of investing in such a lucrative business. Growing a crop alone and the process of making wine will already take time so you need to make sure that you have set aside your budget long enough. Andrew Harris, Team Lead for Worldwide Commercial Development of Viagra at Pfizer, said that it is like putting your money into a big hole.

 

But it does not stop there. Once the wine is ready, you need to talk to distributors or restaurant owners to market your wine. This is the difficult part especially if you are just starting out in the business. Just like any other business, you would need more legwork to grab the attention of customers.

 

Compounding things is the documentation job. Before you can put up your venture, you need to apply for licenses and get permission from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and trade Bureau (TTB). You first need to have the bottle labels approved by the agency. The regulatory duties combined with the back office responsibilities make the venture even more daunting. Lastly, Crushpad founder Michael Brill says that you also need some marketing skills to get your brand out to customers. Wine itself does not sell.

 

Although succeeding in the wine business is not a far-fetched idea, you need to overcome the many complexities and overwhelming odds associated with the industry.

 

Author Bio: Melvin Magadia is a content writer for a corporate gifts company selling USA promotional products. When not busy with work, he spends his time with his family, surfing the Internet and watching television, and is an occasional drinker.


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