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Wine Making / Home Wine Making

At its most basic, wine making is simply the combination of ripe grapes or grape juice with yeast. What ensues after these two ingredients are combined is a process known as fermentation. In fermentation, the yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and produces carbon dioxide and alcohol.

While that all seems simple enough, as with anything, the devil is in the details. So let's take a step back and review the whole process of making wine from vineyard to bottle.

The above is an overview description of the wine making process. Left out is some of the chemistry that goes along with wine making, such as measuring the level of sugar in the grapes/juice and measuring the level of sugar and alcohol to determine when primary fermentation is complete. There are many excellent books about wine making that go into this in great detail. Also left out of this description is the specific equipment that a home wine maker will need to make wine. See "Wine Making Supplies" for a list of supplies that the typical home wine maker may need.

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