At the urging of my friend, Paul Welke, I’ve begun making my own wine in my basement. I’ve picked up a variety of equipment second-hand (Kijiji is a great service, BTW), as well as buying a few items new (and I will be borrowing a few things from my parents, also). Part of the appeal of this hobby is that it’s dollars a bottle, rather than tens of dollars. According to the person I talked to at Winning Wines Plus (on the southside), a $75 winekit will make a wine at a $20-30/bottle quality for about $4/bottle.
Truth be told, the actual process of making the wine (at least thus far) is boring. You mix water, grape (or other fruit) juice with “Package A”. Take a hydrometer reading, record. Cover the primary fermenting vessel and wait for at least a week. Take another hydrometer reading. Once the hydrometer gives you the appropriate reading, transfer the wine to a different vessel, and wait for several weeks.
Yea. Not much goes on there. However, I hope that through making a variety of kits and working through this process, I can start developing a greater understanding of how the wine develops and perhaps make my own changes to the wine-kits to tweak them more to my liking.
And of course, there’s also Beer to be made. That process sounds a bit more exciting.