Nothing adds sophistication to a dinner party, soiree, or other social occasion like a fine wine shared among the guests. But as many of the best wines from around the world are very expensive, it can be hard to strike a balance between coming across as a generous host or as a show off, or being perceived as frugal or as a cheapskate. One way to circumvent this potential pitfall would be to make your own wine – the costs involved are no longer an issue, and serving a home made product adds a feeling of exclusivity and provides a talking point for the evening. But since most of us don’t have our own vineyard or winery, or for that matter any experience in wine making, how can we produce our own wine? Fear not, there are many home made wine kits available which can provide all the needed ingredients and instructions to allow you to make your own basic wine, or act as a stepping stone for those who want to take their interest further.
Home made wine kits are very popular because they take the guesswork out of producing your own wine. Many of the most famous wine producers from around the world have been established for decades if not centuries, and the experience they have gained in that time allows them to consistently produce wines to a very high standard of taste, aroma and appearance. For a newcomer to the art of producing wine, there is a very steep learning curve regarding ingredients, processes and techniques. Home made wine kits draw on the expertise of the professionals in the form of easy to follow instructions. And since most of these kits are aimed at beginners, the included ingredients are carefully selected to produce excellent results regardless of variations in technique, provided the instructions are followed.
So what can you expect to receive with your home made wine kit? Each kit manufacturer works on a slightly different basis, but every home made wine kit will include instructions. These will generally be written with the first time wine maker in mind, so more experienced hobbyists may be able to make slight adjustments according to their own tastes. Of course, if this is your first time, for the best chance of success you should follow these instructions to the letter! Your home made wine kit also comes with all the specialist ingredients you will require to create your chosen type of wine.
Not usually included in home made wine kits is the specialist equipment required, for example fermenters, filters, jugs, siphons, strainers, thermometers, airlocks and syringes. This is because one set of equipment can be used repeatedly to produce many batches of wine, and to supply new equipment with every home made wine kit would make them very expensive. Once you have assembled your equipment, home made wine kits are available for all your favourite wines, some of which can be created in as little as a week.