Making Wine with Fruits other than Grapes

Most people think that wine can be made with grapes only; however, it is possible to make wine from various fruits like watermelons, plums, strawberries. To produce wine using fruits has become a trend in the winemaking industry in last few years.

The process to make wine from other fruit is similar to the process of making wine from grapes. The only thing you need to remember that is distinct from wine made using grapes and wine from other fruits is you need to make the adjustments to acid levels and taste of the wine.

If you are wondering that which fruits can be used to make wine, wine can be made from fruits including peaches, grapefruits, watermelons, persimmons, plums, strawberries, pears, blackberries, pineapples, gooseberries.

The first step is same as making wine from grapes, that is selecting the quality and quantity of fruit, better the fruit better will be the result. You must rinse the fruit well before proceeding to the next step.

If you want a dessert wine then you may wish to use more fruit in order to create a heavier, sweeter wine. On the other hand, if you want a wine that is lighter and crisper then you may wish to use less fruit.

In order to monitor and adjust the sugar levels as necessary when using fruits for your winemaking, it is necessary to use a hydrometer. The hydrometer will help you to easily determine the amount of sugar that is present in the juice and how much alcohol will be produced from the level of sugar that is present.

This will aid you in understanding whether more sugar needs to be added to produce a higher alcohol content. A hydrometer is a tube of glass with a floating weight on one end. You will be able to gauge the sugar level by looking at how low or high the hydrometer floats once placed in the juice. Generally, there will be a meter on the hydrometer that indicates the alcohol potential.

You will also need to test and adjust the acidity as necessary when using fruits. This is imperative because acid levels can vary greatly among different types of fruits. There are two ways in which acid can be checked. One way is to use pH testing strips or litmus papers. This is generally a very fast and cheap way to check acid levels; however, it is not the most accurate way to check acid levels. The most accurate way to check acid levels is to use a process known as titration.

A titration kit can be used to measure the acid level and how it will actually taste. If it is necessary to adjust the level of acid, you can do so using three different fruit acids. They are malic, citric and tartaric and they can be purchased either separately or in a blend known as Acid Blend. You can find these items in a home brewing store.

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