1. How To Make F* Wine At Home ! What You Need To Know…

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

What up guys? Salut. So today. I’m super excited because I get to share my new series with you It’s the first episode and also It’s a massive relief for me to do this because I’ve been keeping everything so secret and so silent For quite a while now. I think I only mentioned it three times, so that’s very secret I’m going to show you how to make fantastic French wine at home. And I’m not talking about prison wine, no. I’m talking about a holy beverage made by hand with fresh grapes The Journey started eight months ago, even though I’m really getting close to the conclusion it still is not finished yet, this is where I am right now and that’s my wine aging properly in a barrel I know It’s a plastic bag that a barrel just sounds better [the] thing is I’m not even sure this is going to turn well I’m not even sure this is going to taste good But I think we will [find] out together. [I] started this whole journey in the precise stage you stand right now I mean a complete ignorant That’s a bit offensive maybe something softer, a zero. yes, it only means that we can learn a lot in this process So I Bought a few books online and will put the links in the description box down below also I read Tons and tons of stuff online just to get my head around it Now I have a crispier Overview on all the wine making process. so let me just give you a quick and dirty Crash course in winemaking, so it goes like this First, I’m not going to start with like juices, [or] you know an extract. I want to do it proper Two, mash them or stomp them with your bare foot. We’ll see about this three, fermented for the first time, it’s the alcoholic fermentation four, strain out all the liquid and end up (with) the maceration five, ferment for for the second time is called the malolactic fermentation six, bottle the wine and Seven drink it and probably get a headache from it. So of course it’s a tad more Complicated than this I mean interim Stages, optional actions you can perform but at the end of the day That’s basically it. so it just means it’s not impossible, and so we’re going to do it Let me share [with] you a bit more detail about the type of wine we are going to make. first, we’re going to make a red wine. Simply because it’s way easier to produce than a white wine. Second, in terms of volume we’re not going to flood the market We are more likely to make like five, six bottles. It’s not a small production. It’s called Boutique that’s what it is. Last, in terms of quality. I have low expectation. I mean if it’s superb, if it’s stunning, and I will be over the moon, of course. But if it’s just drinkable, that’s fine with me. I’ll drink it. And if it’s not drinkable Then I might try anyway so as you understood it’s a long process, not because it’s time-consuming but more because it does spread across a wide period of time. Let me give you the key timing in such a process. This usually happens in the full season like in September, October after about one of two weeks this is over. After about a month a month and a half this is over But, I would say that you have to wait a lot between five and six But, after six to nine months tops everything should be over. and you should have beautiful bottles of wine. To start this, simply, you don’t need fancy equipment. In fact, I’m using a few buckets with their lids, from the local hardware store. Super, super important, you absolutely need a sanitizing agent I chose bleach because it’s available, it’s cheap, and it bloody works. It kills bacteria and viruses in no time. However, in the winemaking world people tend to think It might not be the best option. Bleach will stain your clothing It will irritate your skin but the most annoying thing is that it leaves a persistent and super strong smell on all your equipment. Meaning that you have to waste so much time cleaning and rinsing afterwards So instead go for a no rinse sanitizer. the most famous is called Star Sun but there are plenty out there because home-brewers use them a lot. I used chemipre OXI for that method. So the reason why I insist on this is because this whole winemaking adventure is Touchy in terms of safety. Each and every equipment must be thoroughly cleaned. That means removing stains with soap and a soft sponge. But it also must be deeply sanitized. Meaning, disinfected from bacteria and viruses before and after use So, i guess that basically the next visit will be about grapes. How to choose them, because not all grapes are equal in terms of winemaking. and also what to do with them. And also the barefoot situation. if you like this project. If you are as excited as I am about this whole winemaking situation. Please give this video a like A big thumbs up. It really helps me a lot. If you want to go the extra mile Go check out my patreon page where you can financially support my work It really, really makes a difference. and last but not least, subscribe because I make new videos every week And you know it’s always about food, but it’s also about inspiration, about confidence, about creativity, about pushing our world’s boundaries. Just you know, to make what I think is a valuable content. I’ll catch you next time. Take care. Bye bye. Salut


Maxim Maichle

Sep 9, 2017, 4:49 pm Reply



Sep 9, 2017, 11:42 pm Reply

This is really out of the blue but i feel like alex would be the perfect roommate


Sep 9, 2017, 6:03 pm Reply

I love the music you use in your videos, is it Proleter I hear in this one?

Hideki Shinichi

Oct 10, 2017, 11:26 am Reply

grape wine is crap. you can make delicious wine from rapsberries, strawberries or other fruits


Oct 10, 2017, 3:40 am Reply

bleach is great for everything, kills germs and any other cells…


Oct 10, 2017, 12:55 pm Reply

FFF – fantastic f*****g french

Lulu Hoang

Oct 10, 2017, 5:00 am Reply

I love his accent!

Susannah Ayres-Thomas

Oct 10, 2017, 3:17 pm Reply

Don't you need to AGE the wine before consuming it?


Oct 10, 2017, 2:16 am Reply

tu forces trop sur l'accent frère

Romelia Polly

Oct 10, 2017, 1:35 am Reply

I made it myself thanks to Woodprix website.

Lovisa Petersson

Oct 10, 2017, 1:43 pm Reply

Yep. The barefoot situation is what I'm looking forward to.


Oct 10, 2017, 1:33 am Reply

I think i'm going to stick to buying at the supermarket! 🙂

Romelia Polly

Oct 10, 2017, 1:20 pm Reply

Im sure you'll build it yourself. I made it 2 weeks ago thanks to woodprix website.

Ahmed Nazeh

Nov 11, 2017, 4:09 pm Reply

Write the way and steps please

Romeu Caliço

Nov 11, 2017, 11:22 pm Reply


I am a homemaking wine guy in Portugal, and let me give my tips 😛 !

We use the open barrel technic in my house and almost in all south Portugal, meaning that the barrel is open while fermenting allowing for the fermantation foam and "dirt" to come out of the barrel the rest of the "dirt" (that is composed mainly by grape residuos) lays on the bottom, this is very important and you will understand in a few lines bellow.

First we mash the grapes, second we press them in a squizzing device to get all the liquid out and last we strained the liquid onto the barrels, we need to add some agent to avoid the rotten tast in the final product, usualy wineryes use tartaric acid that we buy in pharmacies. Before we clean really well the barrels, I agree bleach is not good…we use lots of water ad the secret agent …pute destiled alcool from the grape's scraps from last year, this alcool can also be used to add alcoolic content to the wine, in the south (warm weather) alcool content helps the wine in the hot summer not to go bad, the opposite also can be achieved sometimes the sugar level is to high and some water needs to be add, we always aim for a 13 to 14 degrees of alcool in the south.

After a few hours fermentation starts it will take some days or weeks depends on the years, after it has stoped you dont want to touch your wine, I think you did a mistake there you were touching your wine, you dont want to do that or it will get that cloudy wine, so until the day of Saint Martin we leave the wine settling and untouched in the 11/11 of each year we make the first tast on the wine usually is not at 100% but a nice ideia of the final product is obtain, in the south its around january or even february, the cold weather helps a lot on the settle of the wine "dirt" on the bottom that why its so important not to touch the barrels.
NOTE: its so important not to touch the barrels that we even say that a strom night with thunderstorm can get your wine cloudy.

So this is our process of making wine, we also add lots of fruits and erbs around the barrels during this stage to give nice aromas to the final product :), like apples, carobs, quince and fenel. hope to give you some good ideias for next year production 🙂 , I have just tasted my production and its good, warm summer gave me rly sweet grapes with ncie levels of sugar and nice aromas and taste, the problem is the warm winter so my wine is very cloudy so maybe only in february I will get rly shinny and clear wine.

Official Regina George

Nov 11, 2017, 2:18 am Reply

Accent has me melting ngl mmm

Brent Lancaster

Dec 12, 2017, 2:16 pm Reply

a lot of talking in this "episode" but amounting to (almost) nothing


Dec 12, 2017, 8:55 am Reply

As an American from the Plains State of Oklahoma (Bible Belt) I really enjoy watching your videos. I feel like we are kindred spirits. Keep up the great work!

Van Allen

Dec 12, 2017, 2:00 am Reply

The best wine I EVER made was made from Raspberry Jelly. I know it's technically a "country wine" but it knocked the socks off of any wine I made from actual grapes. Come to think of it I haven't made wine since I moved…… I may need to start again….


Dec 12, 2017, 3:40 am Reply

using bleach was not a good idea


Dec 12, 2017, 9:13 pm Reply

Man, I sure enjoyed learning how to make Fine wine.

GERBO The Gerbil

Dec 12, 2017, 9:37 pm Reply

Cl is very aggressive towards stainless steel, which is another good reason not to use it in industrial fermentation.


Dec 12, 2017, 6:14 am Reply

You were better off in a few glass bottles…

Zé Kafeina

Dec 12, 2017, 1:02 pm Reply

My grandpa makes wine in his basement, his proces is simple: clean the grapes with water to remove the copper sulfate, mash it, let it rest in an open barrel till it gets to the right collor, filter it, throw it in the same barrels he has been using for, like, 30 years and then wait, i don't know wich type of grape he uses, but the result is a not very alcoholic, slightly sweet, yet vinegary wine, if it weren't safe all my family would be dead by now.


Dec 12, 2017, 3:10 am Reply

Your shirt hurts my eyes for some reason…

Giotto Vongola

Dec 12, 2017, 1:46 pm Reply

i make my own mead

Mashfiqur Rahman

Dec 12, 2017, 11:33 pm Reply

"A holy beverage"- Alex
Me: What is it, holy water?
Nope its wine…


Dec 12, 2017, 9:06 am Reply

Fwhite wine?

Jamie Nash

Dec 12, 2017, 10:06 pm Reply

Can't use bleach dude, theres a chance you could kill your yeast and it can make your booze taste a little grim. The best way really is to use a glass Carboy and use a dish washer or steam cleaner to sterilise.


Dec 12, 2017, 4:48 am Reply

If it's not drinkable, then hopefully at least it's cookable.

HoPeLeSs LoVeR

Dec 12, 2017, 4:42 pm Reply

My Dad always made wine out of the berries from our garden (so much and different sorts of) and it was kinda like a natural thing for me that our family gave our friends and neighbours a 'tastetest bottle' or let them buy some… In our house was so much wine… :'D I mean it was everywhere standing around for years cause we would make every summer new wine. We never had enough bottles though…


Dec 12, 2017, 1:56 pm Reply

ill just buy yeast a gallon of apple juice and a ballon……..boom alcohol

Paul Mastre

Dec 12, 2017, 11:49 pm Reply



Jan 1, 2018, 12:43 pm Reply

You are crazy ?

Romana Merlene

Jan 1, 2018, 8:45 pm Reply

You can use woodprix instructions to build it yourself guys.

Michael Matherne

Jan 1, 2018, 1:47 am Reply

Could you makes some mead? I want to see if you are any good at mead brewing.


Jan 1, 2018, 5:54 am Reply

Alex, Is there such a thing as non alcoholic wine in France? I'm going to Paris and I really want to try it because I'm allergic to alcohol.

jason howell

Jan 1, 2018, 2:59 am Reply

Alex, is that scrum board either different color post it notes behind your computer.

Electron Pusher

Feb 2, 2018, 10:49 pm Reply

0:30 Class B glassware:'(

Ishaan Parikh

Feb 2, 2018, 5:32 am Reply

Do this if you want methanol poisoning

Ian Ponder

Feb 2, 2018, 2:49 pm Reply

You don’t make alcohol in plastic the process fermentation reacts with the plastic container and it leaches into the liquid if you drink it can cause stomach cancer

Alan Rodriguez

Feb 2, 2018, 4:53 pm Reply

Can you do a video on how to make prison wine asking for an inmate.

mihael kovacevic

Feb 2, 2018, 8:12 pm Reply

French version of Casey neistat way better doe

Sima Simson

Feb 2, 2018, 8:19 am Reply

if you get a headache, i have some bad news for you. and those news are: your wine is shit quality


Feb 2, 2018, 2:57 am Reply

9 months? That's why I brew beer. Three weeks and you are drinking!

jose salvador pugay

Feb 2, 2018, 4:30 am Reply

Does the year in the signifies the age like spirits???


Feb 2, 2018, 1:10 am Reply

Something better: a Zero! LMAO


Mar 3, 2018, 9:55 am Reply

If you ferment/Store your wine in one of those soft plastic containers for camping, it's going to taste like licking a rubber boat … the softeners leeching into the wine won't make it any healthier either


Mar 3, 2018, 12:21 am Reply

Wine "afficiendos" make me laugh, all it is, is fermented juice.


Mar 3, 2018, 6:23 pm Reply

You should do this in fall when you can buy dirt cheap grapes, pressed juice, and pulp from the fruit markets in USA. My grandpa, my dad, and now I have been making our own "dego red" and grappa for a long time

choose a name

Mar 3, 2018, 9:54 am Reply

Try to make your own vinegar and oil!

Grant Pantling

Mar 3, 2018, 2:40 pm Reply

great wine making is 90% cleaning


Mar 3, 2018, 2:41 am Reply

I wonder if this applies for Mead as well. Honey is much easier to get hold of than grapes here xD

François Vaux

Mar 3, 2018, 11:40 pm Reply

Hey Alex, love your vids, just saw in this video that you chose grapes from near the Ventoux and I happen to live just next to it so thought it'd be funny to leave a comment 😀 Also, I'm going to order a whetstone soon! 😛


Mar 3, 2018, 12:56 am Reply

Hahah i find ur vessel like.. "it's the last blood i have and i know i will run out of it in a month.. i fckin not waste it..".. if this makes any sense ?

Taylor Mallory

Mar 3, 2018, 4:32 am Reply

I know fermentation pretty well, but your content is amazing. This is EXACTLY what I'd want to see if I was first digging in. Next batch….get some french oak caskets


Mar 3, 2018, 4:39 pm Reply

Well, after making around 300 liters (yeah…all gone) I'd like to say, that I've never ever had mold. And of all the batches maybe 2 have been correctly sterilized with some non-toxic wound sterilization liquid, some with boiling water (second cheapest option). And most of the batches I've just washed everything throughout with dishwashing liquid.

I think the dishwashing soaps and soaps overall are so overkill that there isn't much living anymore (and basically this is why humans these days have very bad resistance to diseases etc, everything is just too clean), and most of my batches have been prepared just with soap and hot water.

And underlining this, I've never had any mold or anything alike, and I've done it about 25 times. Still it's best to be careful, more so if you use anything more expensive than basic cheap apples.

Good luck all you fellow brewers out there, drink safe and moderate!

Nick Burns

Apr 4, 2018, 7:36 pm Reply

That didn't tell me f* all about making wine.

Miguel Ruelas

Apr 4, 2018, 5:13 am Reply

First thing you messed up is using Wikipedia

fitter foodies

Apr 4, 2018, 5:46 am Reply

Very cool! My dad has been making his own wine for a few years. You might also try making your own beer as once you have the equipment, it is pretty similar.


Apr 4, 2018, 1:35 am Reply

Aging it in plastic is a stupid idea.


Apr 4, 2018, 10:51 am Reply

This channel is putain d'amazing! How have I only heard about it now?

Kenny Roberts

Apr 4, 2018, 7:33 am Reply

Ageing the wine is a good idea and use vodka to sanitise as an alternative. Better than bleach

Ilya Gladkikh

Apr 4, 2018, 8:57 pm Reply

Could you use alcohol instead of sanitiser?


Apr 4, 2018, 2:44 pm Reply

To make wine from scratch: first, invent a universe 😉


Apr 4, 2018, 8:10 pm Reply

if it's not drinkable you can cook with it. 😉

Nick Belanger

May 5, 2018, 6:02 pm Reply

Star san is great. Btw, when you rinse bleach off, you introduce more bacteria from the tap water so you may as well not have sanitized it


Jun 6, 2018, 7:45 pm Reply

Just come to the Balkans — everybody here is an expert in making home-made alcohol.

Harmen Leusink

Jun 6, 2018, 10:47 pm Reply

wouldn't citric acid be a good sanitizer?


Jun 6, 2018, 5:14 am Reply

Crisper overview. Not crispier overview XD

TheGreen Jarret

Jun 6, 2018, 6:48 pm Reply

Im told that homemade red wine is significantly lower on Histamines.

Did you get less hangover ?

Rajesh Iyer

Jun 6, 2018, 10:46 am Reply

What is that collapsible container with spout called? Where can you get it?

S Aleksander Caradonna

Jun 6, 2018, 1:13 am Reply

Bleach is the worst! It makes off flavors in the wine. Never use bleach. As a homebrewery, I can say from experience

ARAO – Chaos lord

Jun 6, 2018, 11:05 am Reply

always believe in french in making wine

Richard S

Jun 6, 2018, 1:22 am Reply

Alex, gloves are helpful in maintaining the sanitized state when cleaning and handling your utensils, bon chance, Riichard


Jul 7, 2018, 6:38 pm Reply

You live in France and you didn't go and visit the wine regions in Bordeaux and Bourgogne to learn about wine making?

Callie Masters

Jul 7, 2018, 11:24 am Reply

This will really come in handy for when the day comes that you're in Paris and you can't get wine… like never.


Jul 7, 2018, 8:12 am Reply

awesome work my dude keep up the good work !

Igor Sidelkovsky

Jul 7, 2018, 9:08 am Reply

Not certain about the points made but ,if anyone else trying to find out how to make a bottle of wine at home try Nadazma Fast Wine Helper (do a google search ) ? Ive heard some amazing things about it and my co-worker got excellent success with it.

Bio Boi

Jul 7, 2018, 5:14 pm Reply

Get a little idea of organic chemistry. It may help.

Samuel Perillo

Jul 7, 2018, 1:40 pm Reply

^^ ^^
The process is the same, but waiting time is the difference (and the fruit of course).


Jul 7, 2018, 8:15 am Reply

Making wine in plastic? If you are a true Frenchman, giving out that kind of advice on making wine, you should perform harakiri with your biggest knife….


Jul 7, 2018, 2:24 pm Reply

I like the way you pronounce viruses


Jul 7, 2018, 6:52 pm Reply

Love the Proleter background music!

Kent Bräster

Jul 7, 2018, 1:42 pm Reply

ah the french guy is now making wine, well FUCKING FINALLY!


Aug 8, 2018, 9:41 pm Reply

Quand est ce que tu nous fais de la bière ?

E Irving Diaz

Aug 8, 2018, 10:42 am Reply

beautifully said
F F F at home!

sherwin leggett

Aug 8, 2018, 6:11 am Reply

the fact you used a version of moonglow on this is amazing . i love that song

Bee Mull

Sep 9, 2018, 6:34 pm Reply

I liked this video! I am a newbie to winemaking but so far I am loving it. I plan on showing my relatives during the holidays it would be a fun activity. https://bit.ly/2xBwh8o I used this to learn how. It is concise and easy to understand. Cheers and may all your recipes work out!

Logical Conservative

Nov 11, 2018, 8:20 am Reply

You say you are pushing our world's boundaries. How are you pushing any boundaries if you are poorly repeating a vestige of exactly what thousands have done before you?


Dec 12, 2018, 2:15 pm Reply

If it's not drinkable … well you can put it on the salad.
Seriously, I tried to make some plum wine and ended up with the best salad dressing ever. Organic 😉

Just to add, white vinegar makes a great cleaning agent. One recommenation I read was that a tablespoon of vinegar and tbsp of bleach (mixed individually and carefully into a litre of water) makes a great cleaning agent and it worked for me.

Isaac Amaya

Dec 12, 2018, 4:17 am Reply

Tutorial on prison hooche lol ? jk cheers man

Cyrus Crane

Dec 12, 2018, 10:36 pm Reply

Alex, tu parles allemand ??


Feb 2, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

Alex !!!! I need your videos with Spanish subtitles now, please! For your followers who do not speak English. I like your videos and become more intelligent in the world of cooking. Salut!!!!!!!


Feb 2, 2019, 8:21 am Reply

You should have taken some of it and actually aged it in a slightly charred oak barrel. It would impart a smoky, vanillin type of flavor.

That Hashi Girl

Mar 3, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

My best friends husband and I just made a riesling and a shiraz wine kit and now I am all decided I need to get my hands on wine grapes and make proper wine from scratch!

kavitha sujatha

May 5, 2019, 2:02 pm Reply

Hi Alex, I have prepared about two batches of wine one is good with sugar and other without sugar… one with sugar turned out very good in smell n taste but other one turned so soar and seams like clumsy coz of sediment present at bottom I think I tried to filter it 3ce now it looks less sedimented can you plz pls suggest how to get rid of this soarness n left over sediment… of yeast I guess.. waiting for ua rep I don't want to throw it help me


Jun 6, 2019, 3:18 pm Reply

7) destialte
8) macerate in oak
9) weaken

Nicola Di Gregorio

Jul 7, 2019, 10:20 am Reply

Bleach does not kills viruses


Jul 7, 2019, 3:52 pm Reply

thank you for the awesome video!

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