Homemade Wine Additives
Last Updated: 6th July, 2008

There are many additives that can be added to wine when you are making your own wine. Many of these additives are used by big professional wineries when they make their wine. Vineyard quality wines can easily be made with the correct instructions and correct additives.

Some of these additives include enzymes, acid, and fortifiers. Knowing how and when to add them, however, can be the difference between a great batch of wine, and one that you have to pur out. But, up until recently, it was also pretty expensive - the only way to make GOOD, Quality wines was to use professional equipment, which could cost as much as $2,000. Even stand-alone winemaking kits can sell for as much as $500.

Luckily, the last six months has seen a crop of Home winemaking kits and guides, which show exaclty how to make homemade wine yourself - using low cost materials, and these guides clearly explain and lay out to the novice winemaker when and how much of these additives to add.

Before you use any extra chemicals in your wine, you should consult any of the multitudes of online resources or purchase one of the online guides or kits. We decided to sit down and review these new guides - our key criteria were ease-of-use, affordability of materials, and speed of setup.

Overall, we were pleasantly suprised with the results - the guides evidently do work, and if you pick the right guide, you could well be up and fermenting your own homemade wine in a few hours.

We reviewed 11 wine making guides - only 3 met our criteria:

  • Sizeable Money Savings - make quality wine for $1/bottle or less
  • Fast and Easy Setup - in only a few hours, even for novices
  • Affordable Set-Up Cost (well under $100)
Our Choice : The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine

Rating
9.8/10

Ease of Use
Money Savings
Customer Support
Environment Benefits

"Still the best Home Winemaking Guide in 2008..."

By far the easiest-to-follow guide we came across - our own experience says you should set aside maybe half a day to buy the parts and get fully setup.

This is the only guide that assumes absolutely no knowledge of winemaking. Impressively, our email question was responded to in under an hour (although it could take a little longer on weekends), and there is an unconditional 8 week guarantee.

Best of all, the equipment required is readily available and cheap - we were able to get access to all the things needed for well under $50. Given that its proven to decrease your cost of wine by almost 90%, you could well recoup your investment in under a week.

Making homemade wine works with any type of fruit, grapes, flowers, or vegatables. Aimed squarely at wine "novices", and still our top pick for 2008.

May 2008 Update : there is now a promotion running on the site, and it is temporarily available for $29 instead of $97 - as such, we recommend ordering sooner rather than later.

The Verdict: Fast and easy setup; works for complete wine novices; proven cost savings of up to 90% - our top pick

Rating 9.0/10

Ease of Use
Money Savings
Customer Support
Environment Benefits

Highly Recommended

2. All Winemaking

Our second pick uses the same information as our top pick - and again, we were impressed by the fast support, money-back guarantee and low setup costs.

The guide includes six bonuses (one of which is lifetime access to the home winemakers newsletter and evena kit decapper, arguably worth the cost of the guide on their own).

All in all, its a great package which means you can be enjoying massive savings for very little, very quickly. So why only four stars?

Well, perhaps we were spoiled by our top pick, but we found the price a little higher - and since cosgt is so important, we decided to knock off a star.

Rating 7.0/10

Ease of Use
Money Savings
Customer Support
Environment Benefits

Also Recommended

3. Guide to Home Brewing

The Guide to Home Brewing is our third and final pick, and it actually includes 3 separate courses to help you create your own Homemade wine, beer and other ales.

They report upto 95% savings over store-bought - and again, the guide was presented in a clear and easy-to-follow format.

The difference between this and the other two sites was simple, however - my support ticket was not responded to. A full, hands-on support system is vital if a relative "wine novice" is to set up the equipment, and here unfortunately it just wasn't there.

Where from here? We recommend The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine:
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