This year I finally delved into the world of fermenting alcohol. It was something I never really bothered to do, since I know several other people who make homemade wine/cider/beer, and I just figured that I would watch them do it and blog about it that way. As it turns out, even though I spent a lot of time talking to my friends, watching them go through the process, and photographing the steps, I really didn’t feel comfortable blogging about it. However, it looked pretty straight-forward, so this year I decided to delve into the world of homemade adult beverages. (It’s got to be easier than cheese and tempeh, right?)
I decided to group Cider and Wine together, because they both involve fermenting fruit into alcoholic beverages. I’m not sure what the technical difference between cider and wine is… but from my perspective, the only actual difference is the alcohol level. When it comes down to things like the type of fruit and whether there are bubbles, I’m not sure that it really matters.
To keep everything nicely organized I’m going to break the topic down into several posts that will come out over the next few weeks. At the end of it all I hope to have a wonderful glass of homemade plum wine and some hard apple cider!
Equipment: A summary of the equipment needed for making cider and wine, including some easy DIY substitutions.
Sterilization and Sanitation: It’s important to ALWAYS make sure that all your equipment is clean and ready for use.
Basic Process: How to get your fruit or juice to turn into something delicious
Recipes: Actual recipes for making your own fruit wine and ciders! My recipes will assume that you know all the basic steps so I won’t go into a huge amount of details on each step.