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Beyond making wine from fruit, another option would be to make wine from concentrated juice. Wine juice concentrated can be easily purchased in a home brewing store as well as online. For your first batch of wine you will need a few basic ingredients. These ingredients are necessary whether you are making wine from fruit or concentrate. Wine tannin is the zest of fruit and is available in powder form.

You may wish to add it to your wine in order to improve the wine's character. Wine yeast is what actually starts the fermentation process by converting the sugar into alcohol. Before you begin your first batch of wine, it is a good idea to understand something of the background of wine and the basics of winemaking. Wine is produced by fermenting grapes that have been freshly harvested. As we all know, yeast is essential to the fermentation process as part of making wine. Yeast actually grows on grape skins and then begins to automatically ferment the grape juice as the grapes are crushed. This begins the process of turning the grapes into wine. The combination of grape skins and grape juice is known as the must.

The actual color of red wine is obtained not from the juice inside the grapes but from the color of the grape skins. In order for red wines to obtain their dark color they must extract the color from the skin of the grape. This is why black grapes are commonly used for the production of red wines. Conversely, light colored grapes are used for the production of white wines. This prevents the wine from ‘cooking. '

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