A common complaint by home winemakers is that the wine making kit they’ve purchased has all the right equipment but falls short on detailed instructions for actually making wine.
A typical wine making kit does include instructions, it’s just that the primary focus of the kit is the equipment and the instructions guide, being a secondary focus, is not as detailed as it could be for making great wine and handling any snags that may arise during the wine making process.
In particular, beginning wine makers are left scratching their heads on what to do with all this great equipment, wondering just how are they going to use it to make that great homemade wine they’ve been looking forward to.
Along with your wine making kit, I recommend that you purchase a good wine making book that provides a detailed guide through the entire wine making process as well as several suggestions for enhancing the wine and tips on avoiding some of the biggest mistakes made when making wine at home. The book should also have a variety of recipes to follow that will have you making great tasting homemade wine for a very long time – perhaps even time enough to perfect an award winning homemade wine!
Several “How to” Wine books have received high praises, including:
The Way to Make Wine by Sheridan Warrick (How to Craft Superb Table Wines at Home)
This book is praised for being a very readable guidebook to making delicious homemade wines – whites and reds – from beginning to end. The author organized the book into two parts: the first part is a beginner’s guide to wine making, loaded with clear explanations, and the second explains refining techniques for making great wine.
The Winemaker’s Answer Book by Alison Crowe (Solutions to Every Problem; Answers to Every Question)
This reference book offersthe wine maker advice on troubleshooting hundreds of winemaking problems. From basic questions about required wine making equipment to finer concerns about fermentation, every phase of the wine making process is traversedin a forthcoming question and answer presentation. This is a book for all levels of wine making expertise.
The Complete Guide to Making Your Own Wine at Home by John N. Peragine
A great book for beginners; Peragine offers detailed information that every novice needs to make wine at home. He also explains how to correct dozens of mistakes made in wine making and provides an extensive wine recipe section.
The Complete Illustrated Guide to Homemade Wine by Mike Carraway
An illustrated step-by-step guide for beginners; includes more than 100 great wine recipes to get beginning wine makers started on this fun hobby.
Any one of these guides to home wine making would be an excellent addition to your library – happy home wine making!