Making homemade cider and wine is a fun and delicious way to preserve the bounty of summer fruit. It is also much easier than making other alcoholic beverages, which is probably why people have been doing it for centuries.
Fermenting fruit into homemade cider or wine is a HUGE topic. There is so much information and advice out there that it can be hard to know where to start.
Here is everything you need to know broken down into a few easy-to-follow topics. I’ve been making wine for a few years now, so if you have a question feel free to write in the comments below or on the Fermenting For Foodies Facebook page.
- Equipment and Supplies: This is a list of everything you need get to make homemade cider and wine, including some easy DIY substitutions. A good set up will only cost about $50, and it’s well worth the investment.
- Sterilization and Sanitation: It’s important to ALWAYS make sure that all your equipment is sanitized. It’s the only way to ensure a safe and successful ferment.
- A Step-By-Step Guide: This is a simple guide to the steps involved in turning fruit or juice to into a delicious bottle of cider or wine. It’s a good reference for anyone who hasn’t tried making wine or alcohol before.
- Recipes: Here’s a simple recipe for plum wine, and a slightly more advanced recipe for pear cider and pear wine. Or try making peach wine or apple cider.