Hopefully I won’t sound like an idiot, but what do people make their homemade wine in exactly. I’ve heard it can be done in a trash can. What material is preferable and what alternatives are there? I want to make plum wine, as my two trees here in California have produced a bumper crop. It must be obvious by now, I have no clue. Help?
Thank you–Linda G.
Most home winemakers use a plastic fermenter of some sort. A plastic trash can usually would not qualify because the plastic used to make them is not food-grade. The plastic that comes in contact with the wine needs to be of food-grade quality.
Please keep in mind that the first few days of fermentation needs to be open or exposed to air. Most people use a food-grade plastic fermenter with a thin towel draped over it. But once the fermentation starts to slow down–around the 5th day–you will need to put an air-lock on the fermenter to protect the wine from wild mold, bacteria and anything else that floats in the air.
The air-lock will need to be fitted to the container with the aid of a properly-sized rubber stopper. The stopper needs to have a small hole in it for the air-lock to fit into. Then the stopper is put into the container’s opening. In the case of a plastic fermenter that uses a lid, you may need to drill a hole into the lid for the stopper to fit into.
Ed Kraus is a 3rd generation home brewer/winemaker and has been an owner of E. C. Kraus since 1999. He has been helping individuals make better wine and beer for over 25 years.