“It’s a smile, it's a kiss, and it’s a sip of wine ... Its summertime!


I always had the desire to enjoy drinking something I made myself. Did a lot of researching on how to make wine at home and all I got was wine making methods which was meant to be executed in the USA which uses things like wine fermenter kit, hydro meters, capdem tablets and those kind of stuff which you don’t get here in India. I wanted to prepare wine using just materials available in any standard Indian kitchen and not spending too much money. This search for the indianized wine making technique did not yield any results and I kept trying asking friends and relatives. At last, I got the opportunity to talk to one pattima (old lady), mother of a good friend, who’s been making wine for years, got the recipe of ingredients, and proportions from her and she ran me through telephone the methodology, tips and tricks of the process. Within 2 hours of talking to her, I was all set to go! This guide is for all you people out there, who like me, at least once, brew what you drink. This guide will yield a minimum of 4 litres of wine. Caution: You need a lot of patience, You need to wait up to 42 days to get the wine ready and you will have to dedicate at least 2 minutes everyday till then to this process of making wine. Ingredients: Black Grapes: 1.5 Kgs The grapes can be seedless, but definitely need to be black. There is a variety of grapes in which the inside is also black/dark brown, if you get that its good, if not the black grapes variety with dark green inside is also good Sugar: 1.5 Kgs Needs to be clean white sugar, try to get a good brand like parrys sugar which does not have any dirt or discoloration Yeast: 15 grams This you get in any spencer’s daily or any supermarket for that matter. Usually you would find it in the section where they stock essences, food colouring etc. It’s called “Activated dry yeast” , any brand and a small 25 gm packed would do (you need just 15 grams) Whole wheat: 50 grams Had a tough time getting this, all the supermarkets stock only 5 kg packets. Went to a normal palasarakku kadai (general provisions) and got it packed off.

5 kgs of grapes + 2. Best bet is to use the oorga jaadi (ceramic pickle jar) or if you don’t have any ceramic jars. This can be skipped.Egg (just the white): 1 Veggies don’t get dejected. So smaller the mouth. the vessel has to be airtight. Love and Support: Any quantity Along with all this interest and support from other family members to make the wine making experience a memorable one .6 lts of water + 1. Should have a narrow opening because during fermentation. Materials / Tools Required: Ceramic jar: Big enough to hold 1. easier to seal Wooden pestle / masher: This is nothing but the lowly wooden tool your mom makes to smash potatoes or paalak / keerai.5 kgs of sugar. I was told this is just to create a good flavour. This is not really necessary. We will use to smash grapes Long wooden spoon: should be long enough to reach the bottom of your wine jar. Water: 2. Preferably must have a lid. Should have 20% free space after adding all this.6 ltrs purified water. plastic or metal also would do.

rinse 3-4 times and ensure they are dry again. Boil the water: Boil the water for at least 3-4 mins to make it as pure as possible and kill any bacteria or germs in it. If the brew gets spoiled only thing you can do is to flush it down the drain. After boiling let it cool.All the ingredients and tools required The basic ground rule in wine making is keeping things clean and sterile. Wash at least 3-4 times in water to ensure all the dirt/dust/chemical sediments from fertilizers and insecticides are removed. The water has to be back to room temperature before you can use it 2. if possible spread the grapes on a wide tray to allow it to dry off the excess water. This to ensure that the brew does not get contaminated with bacteria which may spoil the brew instead of allowing it to ferment. so it could stand the heat. Remember. the jar I used was ceramic. Put the grapes in the jar . Get Set: 1. Cleaned and dried grapes Rock and Roll – Part 1 1. Clean the grapes: Remove the stem of the grapes. Sterilize the ceramic Jar: Simply pour boiling water in the jar till the brim and leave it for 5 mins to sterilize the inner of the jar. 4. Drain the water. Clean the wheat: Clean the 50 gms of wheat with water. Don’t try this if you are using plastic jar 3. Ready.

You need not try to dissolve the sugar. Beat the egg white and add it into the jar 8. 5. Prepare the yeast: Preparing the yeast is simple. say 100 ml water. add 2 tsp of sugar (you can take some off sugar you have set aside already). Just follow the instructions in the carton to activate the yeast.2. The motive is to rupture the grapes NOT to juice them. Just a couple of stirs so that the contents are evenly mixed. Add HALF the sugar into the jar. but ensure each grape is ruptured 3. Add the wheat into the jar 7. Take some lukewarm water (40-50 C). Pour the prepared yeast into the jar 6. 9. Wheat added Closeup shot of the ruptured grapes . Use the wooden smasher to smash the grapes. 10. and add the 15 gms of yeast into it (usually around 3 tea spoons) and mix them well. So need not crush them so hard to juice them out. Use the wooden spoon to mix the contents. Close the jar with its lid and then wrap plastic covers on top of the jar to make the jar 100% air tight. Pour in the cooled water 4.

Materials / Tools needed 1.Covered and sealed jar Stored in a cool dry place Once you have done this. Daily. fine holed filter. From Day 1 to Day 21. at a set time. keeping it clean is the key. where again. make it airtight and put it back in the cool. Disposable Surgical gloves 3. just enough that the contents are evenly mixed. Ensure the spoon is 100% clean and dry every time 4. Close the jar back. But ensure the jar is accessible. Rock & Roll – Part 2 Here comes the important and little bit difficult part. even if you forget to brush your teeth. Open up the jar . This needs to be done around the 22nd day. you shouldn’t forget to do the things below 2. The ones usually found in juice shops 2. dark. dark & dry place. Large. dry place where it belongs This process has to be repeated for the next 21 days. Why accessible? Read on… Daily Duties: 1. Use the wooden spoon to stir the contents. keep the jar in a cool. Everyday. Somebody to help Steps Involved 1. you need to carefully open up the jar 3.

sterilized vessel 4. Finally after emptying the jar. The filtered liquid has to be caught with another clean. dry. Glove one hand and squeeze out the soggy half-ruptured grapes. Slowly pour out the contents of the jar into the filter. Then add the second half (remaining) sugar into the jar and stir lightly 9. the clear filtered liquid will be caught in the vessel below 6.2. 3. make it air tight as before and put it back into the cool. Close the jar. the grape skins and seeds through the filter 5. Then pour the contents of the vessel back into the ceramic jar 8. Used the gloved hand to scoop put any sediments left out in the ceramic jar 7. dark place Filtering the brew Squashing the grapes with a gloved sterile hand .

you have officially made wine at home!!!!! . Keep repeating the process. You needn’t empty the jar.Filtered Brew Patience!! – Wait for another 21 days. till the wine lasts! Just ensure the jar is airtight everytime you put it back 5. After a total of 42 days. you can open up the jar and gently take out the clear wine on top and fill it up in a sterilized glass bottle. Usually. So its important you don’t shake the container too much and just use a small glass to scoop out the clear wine on top. its tastes better and more importantly it gets stronger!! Taste it ……. the better. 2. the sediments are in the bottom and the clear wine on top. Better means. Finally!! 1. The older the wine gets. Alternatively you can use a pipette or a siphon mechanism to do so 3. 4. The good news is that now no more or opening of jar is required. Just take out the clear wine from the top and close the jar airtight and put it right back. That’s it. 21 days is the bare minimum.

pineapples. trying is the fun. Everything from gooseberries. Will raise a toast for you when I drink it !! .Absolut Wine just used the solid glass bottle of absolut vodka to hold the wine. Send me a bottle once its done. strawberries can be used to make wine. The basic fermentation process is as mentioned. I am planning to try the same with white grapes next Send me a bottle Share the booze! They say joy spreads when you share it. So please try variations and share the results so that others can try too. So it’s up to you to try variations. The wine disappeared (gobbled up) within 20 mins of taking this shot! Try Variations In theory any acidic fruit can be used to make wine. and other times it might get spoilt. But what the heck. You might be lucky to get a good wine sometimes.

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