Wine Making – Grapes and Yeast
Here I want to write a quick post about the importance of grapes and yeast for easy wine making.
Grapes that are harvested at exactly the correct time are loaded with natural sugar. However, grapes that you find at the grocery stores are harvested early while they are still unripe so that they will not spoil during the delivery to your supermarket. It is difficult, at best, to make a good wine from these store bought grapes. They are not ripe when they are picked, and the sugar content is probably very low. If you use grapes from the store, you will need to check the star content with a hydrometer and you will probably need to add quite a lot sugar. And if you are going to use fruit juices from stores, buy juices without any preservatives. Preservatives will kill the yeast.
Choosing a yeast is also important to make clear and fresh homemade wine. It is known that when grapes grow, there is actually yeast on the outside of the grapes. If you just crush the grapes and keep the juice around 75 degrees Fahrenheit (around 24 degrees Celsius), the juice will ferment all by itself. This is exactly how humans found wine first place.
Of course, there are many kinds of yeast found on the outside of grapes and not all of them produce a fine tasting wine. Well, often times, it turns out like vinegar. Over the years, winemakers and scientists have developed many different varieties of yeasts. These yeasts are specifically designed to extract exactly what you are after.
I hope this post give you some easy wine making tips.