Making Homemade Wine: A Step-by-Step Guide!

Don't just learn about wine, learn how to make wine! Everything you need to know in one place, with video demonstration.
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  • Lectures 48
  • Length 2.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Welcome and congratulations on your desire to learn how to make your very own homemade wine that you will be proud to serve to friends and family! Throughout the course I will teach you basic wine making terms, the supplies you will need, how it all works and how to make wine following easy step-by-step directions. I have made sweet red, dry red, and port wine from juice and from grapes. We will focus primarily on making wine from grape juice that you can buy from a wine supply store. This is a fun hobby that allows you to experiment and make a totally custom wine. Your excitement will grow from year-to-year as you make different types of wine that you love. I hope you start a new tradition that will stay in your family for years to come, just as I make wine every year with my family. After this experience you may even want to try making wine from grapes!

What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge necessary! Enjoy making your own wine and be proud of it!
  • Have a place to make the wine like a basement or garage
  • Make a small investment in equipment that will pay off in the long run

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Produce homemade wine (from juice) by following an easy to follow, step-by step process
  • Make your very own custom dry red table wine or sweet red wine
  • Understand wine making terminology
  • Learn how yeast produces alcohol in the process of fermentation
  • Familiarize with, use and understand the necessary equipment to make wine
  • Learn how to bottle and store your wine
  • Make educated decisions on the type of grape juice that would make your favorite wine
  • Create a professional looking bottle with labels and other tricks!

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners who want to learn how to make their own homemade wine and are willing to make a small investment in supplies. Even if you know a little about wine you may benefit from learning terms and processes.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Introduction

Get Excited!


Students will gain an understanding of topics covered throughout the course

Section 2: The Fermentation Process

Relate to how yeast and sugar are necessary for the process of fermentation

Quiz 1
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Section 3: Yeast

Students will learn about the role yeast plays in fermentation and alcohol

Quiz 2
1 page
Section 4: Chemicals

Students will learn about the various supplements that are added to help the wine have the best possible outcome

Quiz 3
1 page
Section 5: Wine Terminology & A Deeper Look Into the Hydrometer Scale and Adding Sugar

Students will learn basic wine terminology and we will take a deeper look into the Hydrometer

Quiz 4
1 page
Section 6: Temperature

Students will understand how temperature plays an important role in wine making

Section 7: Supplies and Equipment

Students will be introduced to the supplies and equipment they will need to make wine

Quiz 5
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Section 8: Juice Vs. Grape

Students will be able to comprehend the difference between making wine directly from grapes opposed to just juice

Section 9: Juice Selection

Students will learn about some common grape varieties and their tannin levels, this will help in choosing a grape variety. I will also recommend my favorite blending varieties!

Section 10: Day One - Sanitation

Today we will buy our Juice and Sanitize the necessary equipment for Day One procedures.

1 page

Review the steps we went over in the video and complete.

Quiz 6
1 page
Section 11: Day One - Set-Up Work Station and Check Temperature of Must

Set-up a workstation and take a temperature reading of juice.

2 pages

Review the steps we took in the video and complete

3 pages

I highly recommend that you keep a record of all daily activities, all added ingredients and amounts and all observations. Its good to have to keep track of what you have done and to look back on in the future.

Here is an example to follow on the next slide...

Quiz 7
1 page
Section 12: Day One - Make WINE!!!

In this video we will use the hydrometer to find S.G and P.A. Based on out results we may need to add sugar to reach target potential alcohol of 12%.

*Get a notebook to record all measurements and daily activities: Air temperature, Juice temperature, Specific Gravity, Potential Alcohol, amount of juice, type of juice, type of yeast, daily notes, progress, when you added materials to wine and amount,

1 page

Students will be able to find their current Potential Alcohol and add sugar to target range


We will kill the wild yeast with P.M. and add good yeast for better control and outcome of wine

Do not add good yeast for at least 6 hours but do not wait longer than 12 hours!

1 page

Review the process of adding Metabisulfite

Quiz 8
1 page
Section 13: Day Two - Check Progress and Stir

If you have not done so already, you should add yeast and within hours you should observe bubbles and foam forming at the top of the juice.

1 page

Students will be able to identify fermentation

Quiz 9
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Section 14: Day Three - Add Yeast Nutrient & Troubleshooting

It is important to keep the yeast health to ensure a complete fermentation, therefore I will show you how to add our yeast nutrient.


Students will learn when and why nutrient should be added, they will also learn how to troubleshoot fermentation problems.

Section 15: Day 6-10 - Rack Wine

Once Primary Fermentation has come to an end, usually about a week after starting, the wine must be transfered to a new carboy with an airlock in place. Here it will stay for at least 3 months during Secondary Fermentation and aging.

3 pages

Students will learn how to rack wine, sanitize and how to store wine

Quiz 10
1 page
Section 16: Week 2-4, Re-rack for Aging

Students will prepare their wine for bulk aging, which will last at least 3 months

1 page

Review content for week 2-4 process

Quiz 11
1 page
Section 17: Back-sweetening

Students who wish to add sugar or juice to sweeten will learn how and what to add, along with precautionary measures.

2 pages

Review content about how to make sweet wine

Quiz 12
1 page
Section 18: De-Gas Wine

Students will De-gas by stirring wine to remove CO2

2 pages

Review procedures on how to De-gas wine and prepare wine for bottling

Section 19: Bottling Your Wine

Students will be able to bottle and cork their wine for storage

1 page

Review the bottling procedure

Quiz 13
1 page
Section 20: Make Your Bottle Look Professional!

Make a professional looking and presentable bottle!

Section 21: Final Thoughts

One last goodbye, thank you and cheers!

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Instructor Biography

Mark Dotta, Teacher

I am an Industrial Technology teacher of Architecture, CAD Engineering and Robotics. So, I know how to make things, including wine! I originally planned on making a course about Engineering or related material. I decided that there was already a good deal of such videos already being offered on Udemy, so I decided to create a course about something I have been doing for many years. I am very passionate about making wine, and I have been doing so for about 10 years. I have made a variety of wines including apple, dry red wine, sweet red wine and even port. It is my families tradition to make wine every year and I would love to help others start such traditions with their families. We make about 100 gallons per year of red wine from a variety of California grapes. Although making wine directly from grapes is a little more challenging and expensive so I decided to offer an easier course for beginners. The course will focus on making wine from freshly pressed grape juice that can be purchased at a wine supply store. I have also made wine this way and I have all the necessary equipment. With my many years of experience I have learned a great deal about the winemaking process and what can go wrong and how to fix it or avoid it. I have read countless books, articles and have talked to other winemakers. If I can put all my knowledge in one place, I could save others many hours of frustration and confusion. My course will review basic wine terms, theory, all the equipment they will need. Students will learn exactly how to make wine by watching my step-by-step videos of the process. I am very excited to get started, lets make some wine!

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