Last night, October 25, I taught a fruit wine making class at the Porter House Brew Shop. We had a great time talking about how to make home made wine and tasting samples. One of my students brought in some Tomato Wine. It was far better than the Tomato Wine I made! I showed my students how to make an Apple Cider Wine. This is one of my favorites. I usually make a couple of batches every year. My father has his own fresh apples pressed into cider every year and I make a couple of batches of wine from his apple cider.
One thing I tell my students is that wine making is part art and part science. The science part is taking measurements and adjusting the must based on those measurements. The art part is not sweating the small stuff and just make the wine.
When you taste you must it should taste sweet. You should also be able to taste the acid in the must. As long as you kept everything sanitized, pitch your yeast and have a glass of wine. Relax and enjoy yourself. If it feels too much like work and not enough like fun, what is the point?
I really enjoy teaching these classes. They don´t feel like work, the feel like fun. If I could only make enough money teaching them to pay all my bills, I could quit my day job!
Enjoy a glass of wine!