How to Make Wine from Grapes at Home

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

Hello and welcome to how to make wine from grapes sponsored by the gift of Step 1: Remove the grapes from the stalks Step 2: Press the grapes to remove all the juice Step 3: Measure the specific gravity of the juice Pour some juice through a sieve Pour the juice into a testing jar test
to test the specific gravity using a hydrometer Twill tell you how much sugar is in
the juice and how much you will need to add to get the required alcohol content There’s more information on my website Step 4: Put the crushed grapes into a
brewing bucket Step 5: Add one crushed Campden tablet per gallon of wine Step 6: Add the Campden tablet to the brewing bucket. The Campden tablet will kill any
harmful bacteria that is on the grape skins Step 7: Cover the brewing bucket and leave for 24 hours for the bacteria to be killed Step 8: Make a yeast starter Pour some boiled water into a glass jar Place the jar into cool water and allow
the boiled water to cool Add a tablespoon of sugar and stir until it is fully dissolved Then take a wine yeast and add to the sugar solution Cover to prevent bacteria getting into the
yeast After about an hour or so the yeast will start reacting with the sugar producing alcohol Step 9: Dissolve sugar in boiling water The exact amount of sugar depends on the specific gravity measured earlier Stir the sugar until it is fully dissolved in the water. Allow to cool, then add to brewing bucket. Step 10: Add the yeast starter to the brewing bucket Step 11: Cover the brewing bucket and
leave at room temperature This is called primary fermentation where the yeast reacts with the sugar to produce alcohol Step 12: Stir the bucket daily The grapes have risen to the top of the bucket. They need to be pressed below the surface every day and the mixture stirred. Step 13: After six days sterilize a
second brewing bucket with a Campden tablet Step 14: Sterilize a piece of muslin
cloth The cloth needs to be about 1 meter square Step 15: Empty the bucket and place the
cloth over a sieve as shown Step 16: Pour the fermented wine from the first bucket through the cloth and through
the sieve The cloth will capture all the grapes but let the juice pass through Step 17: Gather the cloth together and
squeeze all the juice from the grapes try and get as much juice as you can Step 18: Measure the specific gravity a
second time This will tell you how much sugar you need to add to get the
required alcohol content Step 19: Dissolve the sugar in hot water and allow to cool before adding into the grape juice Step 20: Cleanse and sterilise
demijohns using a Campden tablet Step 21: Syphon from the fermenting wine into the demijohns This stage of fermentation is called secondary fermentation it’s less
vigorous than the first stage in the bucket Step 22: Fit the airlocks and leave
until fermentation has finished Airlocks prevent bacteria getting into
the wine Step 23: Sterilize and clean your bottles the wine must not the transferred from the demijohns until all the fermentation
is finished this could take up to several months step 24 siphon from the demijohns
into the bottles when siphoning place the tube low down
in the bottle below the level of the liquid this avoids getting bubbles and
air into the wine which could introduce bacteria and spoil it step 25 cork the bottles Finally, drink and enjoy! For more information on wine making visit my website.


Tom Smith

Mar 3, 2018, 1:30 am Reply

everybody in the neighborhood made wine in the basement!!!

Dejan Jankov

Mar 3, 2018, 7:02 pm Reply

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Azhar Uddin

Apr 4, 2018, 11:13 pm Reply

I would be no more to drink and enjoy if i start preparing it

Uber sausage

Apr 4, 2018, 7:29 pm Reply

Is there another way to meashure the gravity of the wine?

Stephie Billouin

Apr 4, 2018, 11:22 pm Reply

I'm watching this right now but tonight, I'm gonna go out and buy a bottle of wine

Pera Peric

Apr 4, 2018, 10:37 pm Reply

Thanks for a very interesting post, here are a few more tips for how to make wine…
Use the right equipment. Things like plastic buckets and bins come in different grades of plastic. You must use the food-grade plastic products not the cheaper buckets you might use to clean the floor!
If plastic buckets and bins start getting scratched and grazed, replace them. The grazes will start harbouring microbes and eventually you’ll have a spoilt batch of wine.
If stirring the must (the initial mix of fruit and water etc.) in a bin, scald the spoon with boiling water first to quickly sterilise it.
Fill and top up airlocks with cooled, boiled water – never straight from the sink.

fernando carbajal castro

Apr 4, 2018, 11:22 pm Reply

Viva trumphy


Apr 4, 2018, 2:49 pm Reply

Why did you boiled all that butt load of sugar and never used it lol. Also did you used grapes to film it?


Apr 4, 2018, 1:27 pm Reply

Step 1. Take one bottle of vodka and add ribena, blackcurrant cordial or just plain food colouring until it looks like red wine.
Step 2. Pour into wine glass at meal time.
Result. The wife has no idea of real alcohol intake.

Pray To The Only God

May 5, 2018, 4:25 pm Reply

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Stop advertising for corruption.

James Novotny

May 5, 2018, 4:16 am Reply

This ain't just some stompin grapes type shit eh

یزدان بهروش

Jun 6, 2018, 6:29 am Reply

you shouldn't use the steel spoon

Stephini Jars

Jun 6, 2018, 5:09 pm Reply

So then why are there so many different types of wines

Ramón Ontiveros

Jun 6, 2018, 11:36 pm Reply

Since I’m Lutheran and we only recognize one Baptism, could I get water from the Jordan River and use it to my own communion wine 🍷?

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Jul 7, 2018, 9:58 am Reply

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j Money

Jul 7, 2018, 1:12 am Reply

Mead is so much easier

Hunter Hunter

Jul 7, 2018, 11:09 am Reply

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Jul 7, 2018, 2:14 am Reply

Is this a Windows 95' PC game of How to Make Wine?

Jon Kiaei

Aug 8, 2018, 12:35 am Reply

this is how i learnt to make AMAZING wine –>

Jim Reeves

Aug 8, 2018, 11:16 am Reply

What about racking

Dey Nah

Aug 8, 2018, 4:34 am Reply

I was excited to make a wine until the orocedure exceed more than step 9. I’ll just get a bottle from my work.l


Aug 8, 2018, 11:53 pm Reply

That’s a lot steps to follow ; ), however thanks for the effort to educate us.


Sep 9, 2018, 2:42 pm Reply

Really useful video, makes it very clear, will be heading to your website because I feel I’ll get the right stuff first time.

maria king

Sep 9, 2018, 5:07 pm Reply

Made wine using this method for the first time 3 years ago. The wine was so good it put me off bought wine. Everything home made tastes better. I was even still slightly sparkling. Liked the comment about wine making in Georgia.

alfie ungas

Sep 9, 2018, 6:23 am Reply

I've been researching into the process of making wine and came across a great site at Pavas Grape Plan (google it if you are interested)

nar gopal rai

Sep 9, 2018, 7:39 am Reply

comprehensive, but your verbal instruction would have been clear without any background noise (e.g. step 9 – we can not hear hear what you are saying about the amount of sugar to be added……lots of rustling noise when you are saying the key important things.). IT TURNED ME OFF, REALLY.

Ali X

Sep 9, 2018, 4:29 pm Reply

"Oh I could make my own wine, I have grapes in my garden, my own wine would be delicious"
sees video "Measure specific gravity"

Hellll nahh 😂😂 just gimme the regular from the bottom shelf and we call it a day, shall we?


Sep 9, 2018, 9:07 pm Reply

I remember when I tried to make my own grape juice and it turned out very watery, no what I was looking forward to. I think table grapes don't cut it, you need concord grapes and a better equipment.

Richrd Smith

Sep 9, 2018, 3:29 pm Reply

No knowledge about testing hydrometer,

Julia Collins

Sep 9, 2018, 10:27 am Reply

Great video – many thanks

Nunzio Padavano

Sep 9, 2018, 2:08 pm Reply

How did he start with a tiny bit of juice and end up with a bucket full. I didn't see that much water poured in


Sep 9, 2018, 11:25 pm Reply

Was pretty sure most of time was supposed to be spent letting the grapes ferment.

vivian winer

Sep 9, 2018, 9:51 am Reply

You are a pig, your idiot. Worst video ever with too many bulshit prosess

Bee Mull

Sep 9, 2018, 6:14 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. I used this to learn how. It is concise and easy to understand. Cheers and may all your recipes work out!

Vendi Vukelic

Sep 9, 2018, 7:40 pm Reply

I've been researching table grape plants for sale and found a fantastic resource at Grape Grower Folio (check it out on google)

Dorothy Gale

Sep 9, 2018, 7:34 pm Reply

Better yet, go to Mid West Supplies or Kraus and order a can of wine grape
concentrate. No Campden tablet needed. For 5 gallons, 1 tsp nutrient and 1/2 tsp energizer. Add 1 pkg. EC-1118 yeast to the first gallon and after at least a day add the other 4 gallons. For secondary fermentation just use gallon jugs.
Kraus and Mid West also have 6 gallon primary fermenters. No racckinbg

Karim Benzin

Sep 9, 2018, 8:06 pm Reply

There are a few factors in how to grow grapes plant. One plan I found which successfully combines these is the Grape grower folio (check it out on google) it's the no.1 plan that I've seen. look at all the interesting information.

Dakota Carpenter

Sep 9, 2018, 12:35 am Reply

There might be a reason to do it that way, but wouldn't it make more sense to put the sugar in the Easter before you cool it down? (For the yeast starter)

dr Meno

Sep 9, 2018, 5:10 pm Reply

How to make soursop wine,

Edwin Martinez

Oct 10, 2018, 3:21 am Reply

Noooooooo that’s not the way to make wine. I been making wine. In a real winery. To many mistakes

jemma martin

Oct 10, 2018, 8:07 am Reply

How long do you leave in the demi John's?

marianni fonseca

Oct 10, 2018, 9:54 pm Reply

I'm not sure but ,if anyone else wants to learn about how to make wine at home step by step try Nadazma Fast Wine Helper (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some decent things about it and my partner got amazing success with it.


Oct 10, 2018, 5:13 pm Reply

Shit must've cost you £$1000 a bottle to make, with all the stuff you need

Lenny Pepperidge

Oct 10, 2018, 8:31 am Reply

Free of u got EBT

Grant Leriche

Oct 10, 2018, 11:25 pm Reply

I have 10 pound grape juice make wine much sugar should i put in it
thank you

John Mckenya

Oct 10, 2018, 12:41 am Reply

Thank you for posting this..I always wondered how they did this.

Marcelo Merchan

Oct 10, 2018, 2:08 pm Reply

great, thanks

Mitch Barker

Oct 10, 2018, 1:04 pm Reply

This video should be labeled, "a bunch of sounds that make you want to scratch your brains out"


Nov 11, 2018, 10:15 am Reply

Oh for goodness sake. You've gone to SO much trouble to sterilise everything, then your hands are everywhere! There's no point avoiding bubbles of air by putting the tube below the surface if you're then going to grapple with the tube and bung up the end with your thumb!


Nov 11, 2018, 5:32 am Reply

Breaking bad spin off hehe

Usman Sahibzada

Nov 11, 2018, 4:53 pm Reply

Can someone plZ assist my wine after the secondary fermentation is very sweet and its alcohol level is low. How to further ferment it to decrease sweetness and to increase alcohol level

Lady Gil

Nov 11, 2018, 5:36 pm Reply

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master Chu

Nov 11, 2018, 6:25 am Reply

Geez when he drags that potato smasher its like claws on chalkboard

Austin Pradeep

Nov 11, 2018, 7:40 am Reply

Description should be "how to prepare wine at lab"

Leonardo Macedo

Nov 11, 2018, 10:32 pm Reply

That must be wine for english people!!!


Nov 11, 2018, 1:56 am Reply

Why are winemaking videos not age restricted? Kids could make this easy and hide it in the shed to ferment. Come on you tube, you sure are political on what you age restrict!


Nov 11, 2018, 7:29 am Reply

Step 27: Bottle the wine, put a nice label and sell it for $5000

Franklin Warner

Dec 12, 2018, 11:13 pm Reply

Can You Mix It With Whiskey Lol.

Casey Hyland

Dec 12, 2018, 6:54 am Reply

There seem to be a lot of people advertising canstirk wine making and Corbandy lol. It's a reply on like every other comment

planeur903 Planeur

Dec 12, 2018, 12:15 am Reply

Bad way.
You should not use chemicals. Use wild yeast instead of commercial yeast.
Dont use sugar in the primary fermentation.

Huzza TV – DreamBook

Dec 12, 2018, 10:46 am Reply

Upto all 20-30 steps i make no of times wine …by my simple formula


Dec 12, 2018, 11:11 am Reply

I'm not sure but ,if anyone else wants to learn about how to make wine at home step by step try Corbandy Tasty Wine Crusher (Have a quick look on google cant remember the place now ) ? Ive heard some pretty good things about it and my colleague got excellent success with it.

Sodgerel Nymdawaa

Dec 12, 2018, 2:39 pm Reply

Cant hear your holding nose voice !

Adel zamani

Dec 12, 2018, 9:57 am Reply

its very difficult

Brajan Qazimi

Jan 1, 2019, 2:42 pm Reply

Now i know why wine at my local store costs 2.6 euro

Because of the 26 steps

Amy Smith

Jan 1, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

A Look at the Steps of Making Wine

Vasilena Toneva

Jan 1, 2019, 1:56 am Reply

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MS Reddy

Jan 1, 2019, 10:10 am Reply

No need of these F***ing steps, Just buy 1 from the BAR


Jan 1, 2019, 9:29 am Reply

This is actually how not to make wine

Crystal Grose

Jan 1, 2019, 12:41 am Reply

Very interesting video! I can appreciate wine so much more after seeing the long process of it. Thanks for sharing!


Jan 1, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

There has to be an easier way.. I know my ancestors ain't.have to do all this.. theirs no way.. Cool to see you do it but I'm a millennial mane.. come on


Jan 1, 2019, 2:07 am Reply

better to buy at shop faster

Fans dolls

Feb 2, 2019, 6:00 am Reply

excellent course!! I like IT! If you need wine making yeast, please be free to contact us!

Ray Tempus

Feb 2, 2019, 1:31 am Reply

Horrible video

Ray Tempus

Feb 2, 2019, 1:36 am Reply

You mean, how to make rot -gut wine that’ll make you sick as a dog, then kills you

Michael Smith

Mar 3, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

Measure gravity? Proof with an English accent you can b.s anything

Liro Thonger

Mar 3, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

I better get it at the store than get this many equipments

هيثم الفقى

Mar 3, 2019, 3:40 pm Reply

A Look at the Steps of Making Wine

Tiger Avenger

Mar 3, 2019, 7:57 pm Reply

are the darker grapes the best ones to use? Thank you!

Ameer Blanc

Apr 4, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

The easiest steps are:
1.Go to the nearest liquor store
2.Grab your favourite wine
3.enjoy your free time and save time 😀


Apr 4, 2019, 3:48 pm Reply

Do you call it meade

Robert Diamond Merritt

Apr 4, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

One mistake. I dont know how you got away with putting the yeast in and SEALED LID with no airlock for 6 days without the lid bursting off. I've just made 10 gallon red from grapes and fermentation is going crazy within 8 hours. No way you can a sealed lid on with yeast added. ?


Apr 4, 2019, 4:05 am Reply

All this shit for about a night's worth of enjoyment. Unless I live in a remote location, there is no point.

Scott Matthews

Apr 4, 2019, 5:02 pm Reply


Apr 4, 2019, 1:39 am Reply

no distillation process huh was always curious about this so with wine making i assume you don't have methanol then I know with whiskey you are supposed to throw away the first I think 5 or 10 % of distillates because they contain methanol so im guessing this isn't an issue with making wine?

Angel Mende

May 5, 2019, 5:04 pm Reply

I discovered how to make a home made wine, hope this helps

Varun Agrawal

May 5, 2019, 6:49 pm Reply

Nice. I know how to wine now. It would be fun to try it someday.

GoranG Hair

Jun 6, 2019, 10:39 am Reply

This is how you should not make wine!

sam stone

Jun 6, 2019, 5:53 am Reply

Have you ever actually made wine before?? Sorry I didnt stay til the end of the production

Andrew David Loch

Jun 6, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

That scraping sound put my teeth on edge…

isaiah chiles

Jun 6, 2019, 6:22 am Reply

Thank you sir

Emma Skylet

Jun 6, 2019, 2:05 pm Reply

Well I’ll just buy it n cut the bs if you are able to do it then ask your self do you really need wine 🍷 so please leave it for ppl who are in need for it.

keith jon klopper de dios

Jun 6, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

Too many fucking steps

Dominique justin

Jul 7, 2019, 12:29 pm Reply

I wonder who was that first guy to drink rotten fruit juice

J Gardens

Jul 7, 2019, 8:35 pm Reply

Excellent how-to video, I remember watching this back in 2012 when I made my first 5 bottles, now I am ready to make more, thanks for the great step-by-step method!

Raf’s Wines

Jul 7, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

Pretty cool tutorial, just not sure if it's explanatory enough for first timers…
Especially, on how to use Hydrometer, and on proportions (water and sugar, etc).
You can't just keep adding sugar… When taking specific gravity measurements for the first time you should take a note of it, and it's also important to know your yeast alcohol tolerance in order to control sweetness vs strength of your wine… There's a simple formula on how to do it…
Just need to know, how many liters of wine you wanna make and know what's the yeast's alcohol tolerance.

Johannes Garcia

Jul 7, 2019, 11:58 pm Reply

Everyone in the comments dislike the video because this guy makes it all so complicated

Sasikumar R

Aug 8, 2019, 12:41 pm Reply

You have not mentioned how many kgs of grapes you have used either here or on your website !


Aug 8, 2019, 1:35 pm Reply

what is the campden?

Romel Madray

Aug 8, 2019, 5:37 am Reply

Thanks for the video, can I use normal bread yeast when making rice wine? Second question is can I extract the yeast from a bottle of wine and use it as a starter, for example. Can I use a commercially avalable wine and use the liquid in there as a starter for my (grape juice). My guess is that any bottled wine should contain yeast?

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