The Complete Guide to Making Your Own Wine at Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

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Atlantic Publishing Company, 2010 - Cooking - 311 pages
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Wine has been a staple of tables around the world for more than 4,000 years and in that time has developed into one of the most widely recognized and highly cultivated beverages in nearly every civilization on earth. From the rice wines of Asia to the grape wines of Europe or honey wines of Africa, wine is enjoyed by billions. For that reason, many people seek out ways to make and enjoy their own wine from the comfort of their homes, growing their own grapes and experimenting with a wide array of ingredients to facilitate one of the world s oldest domestic processes. Yet, without the right instruction and resources, wine making can result in just another pile of sour grapes.

This book walks every potential winemaker through every process necessary in creating and enjoying wine from the comfort of your own home. From the basics of distillation to the ingredients used, homemade wine can be on your table and wowing your guests in no time. You will learn all of the basics of home wine making, starting with the wide array of ingredients available to you, including grapes and berries. You will learn what all is required to start and operate a home winery and what you may be missing right now. The basic aspects of all red wines and white wines will be detailed for you, giving you every bit of information you need to fully understand how the body and bouquet of each wine is supposed to taste and feel. You will learn how the grapes are pressed and how long you must wait between the pressing, the addition of other ingredients, and the bottling of the wine. We have also included a 16 page color insert that features pictures from various and the wine making process.

For this book, more than a hundred wine makers, winery owners, and home wine experts were interviewed to gain a general overview of how wine making is done, with details about the difference between each wine, the right mixture of ingredients, the better wine taste, and the testing and trying of new things in each bottle. You will learn how to measure and affect the sulfur dioxide levels in your wine and ultimately how to take control of every aspect of your wines, from taste to dryness to odor and color. Everything you could possibly want to know about wine making and much more is presented in this complete guide for anyone with an eye for the hobby.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company presidentâe(tm)s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

 

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Contents

Foreword
17
chapter 1
33
chapter 3
39
Sugar
42
Yeast
49
chapter 2
55
Intermediate Supplies
78
Stabilizers
99
There is a Fingernail Polish Remover Smell
178
My Wine is Very Bitter
179
My Wine Tastes Like Tin
180
My Wine Smells Like Rotten Eggs
181
My White Wine Tastes Like Vinegar
182
There is an Oil Slick in My Wine
183
chapter 7
187
Berry and Fruit Wines
190

Advanced Supplies
101
MakIng wIne FroM a kIt
109
Tips
119
chapter 4
125
Sugar
130
White Wines
152
My Wine has Bubbles
165
My Yeast Seems Tired
173
My Wine has a Stuck Fermentation
175
My Wine has a Funny Color
176
My White Wine Got a Weird Color
177
chapter 10
201
Vegetable Wines
209
chapter 8
223
chapter 9
247
creatIng a HoMe vIneyard
255
chapter 11
269
appendix
289
appendix
293
Index
309
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John was born in Miami, Florida in 1970. He grew up in the Tampa Bay area, but attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, in Winston Salem NC, for High School. He attended Florida State University and got a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Appalachian State University. In August of 2007, he took the plunge. John had been a social worker in child protective services for far too many years, and had been toying with the idea of being a writer. He had written for a few national magazines and received positive responses for his work. He decided to quit social work and took a chance at writing full time. Luck was on his side, as his first year he was signed to write seven books for Atlantic Publishing Company. Since then he has been writing for a number of magazines including Herb Companion, Precognito, and Winemaker Magazine as well as freelance work to create workbooks, ebooks, articles, ghost write books, blogs and much more. He is now working full time filling requests and hope to get some fiction completed and published this coming year. He freelanced for the New York Times, Bloomberg News, and Reuters. He is working on an upcoming book about his adventures covering the John Edward's trial.

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