7 Tips for Making Your Homebrewing Successful

Aug 21, 2019

In hot summer days, the best refreshment is to enjoy a nice cold alcoholic beverage with family and friends, especially one homebrewed from your favorite fruits. While Alchema’s machine has made homebrewing simpler, putting in the right ingredients is a little more difficult than it sounds. Here are seven tips for making your homebrewing fruity wine/cider successful:

1) Freshness, Freshness, Freshness 

For beginners, the fruit suitable for homebrewing comes down to three factors: the season, the taste, and the juiciness. Freshness of ingredients makes all the difference in the taste of a homebrew, so seasonal fruits are highly recommended. This not only guarantees the quality of the fruit, but also shows off taste of the fruit. We have two recommendations as to which fruits would be best to make beverages out of during summer. The first one is mangoes and grapes. These two fruits are perfect for the summer because they are fresh and juicy. If you want a lighter taste, then pineapples and mangoes are perfect. This combination is refreshing and epitomizes summer. They are also extremely juicy, so not much water will be needed. This will ensure that your homebrew has maximum flavor.

2) Don’t Judge a Drink By Its Color

A common misconception is that we assume that the final product will taste like the fruit that was used. So the homebrew often turns out either too heavy or too light, too sweet or not sweet at all. In reality, one of the key factors to consider is that different parts of the fruit may actually taste different. Take an apple for example. Apple peels lend tannin taste and the apple seed is very bitter. So our recommendation is to pick out only parts of the fruit that tastes good. You do not want that bitter taste of the seeds in the drink. That would ruin the whole drink for you. Also, keep in mind that different varieties of the same fruit have different tastes. For example, green apples taste sourer and Fuji apples taste sweeter. Be sure to try taste the fruit before using it as an ingredient for your recipe. 

3) Fruits > Juice

While fresh fruit does have its taste perks, using juice just makes everything more convenient. Juice also yields more quantity for your brew. When selecting the type of juice though, it is recommended to use 100% juice with no artificial preservatives. The preservatives applied in the juice will kill the yeast, causing the fermentation not to complete properly. So while the advantages of using juice are that it is simple and convenient, one of the biggest problems of using juice is that it is also difficult to control because you never know exactly what is in it. There is a possibility that whatever ingredient in the juice can affect the outcome of the drink. If you want to have a more natural taste to your drink, it is recommended to use fresh fruit. 

4) Oh Sweet, Sweet Wine

If you do not like the bitter taste of wine, you can try removing the grape peels and seeds. Both of these are said to be the cause of the bitterness. Alternatively, if you want the wine to have a stronger taste, you can try freezing the grapes. By freezing the grapes, it helps break down the cell wall and the flavor is released easily. 

5) Rosé Wears Pink

Grape skin is seen to be a natural food coloring source. If you remove the grape skin then you will have white wine. You can add some grape skin into the pitcher to get more of that pink color.

6) Bitter Sweet

If the homebrew is too sweet you can do two things. The first one is you can add some lemon juice or a spirit to balance out the drink. The other option you can do is that you can leave out the drink for a little longer. The drink will continue to ferment, making it less sweet and producing higher alcohol content. However, it is recommended that it is consumed within two weeks to maintain the flavor.

7) Stronger May Not Always Be Better

You can try making the homebrew more tart or sweeter depending on what you would prefer. To make it sweeter you can add a juice of some kind, or if you want to make it more tart, you can add a lemon juice. Adding a little ice can also help; this will help lower the burning effect of alcohol.

Are you ready to give it a try? ALCHEMA makes it simple for you to homebrew any fruity wine/cider you want without prior homebrew knowledge, tools, or recipes. The Alchema machine also automatically measures the weight of the ingredients; therefore, you don't need to prepare electronic scales. Add the ingredients according to the instructions from the app and complete the brewing step. Next, you can just leave the machine to do its job while you can sit back and relax. The app will notify you when the batch is ready. The process is simple and easy. Time to cool off and enjoy that summer beverage!

 The raw materials you need:

1. Simple cider: 2300g of apple juice, 280g of white sugar, a pack of yeast for brewing (resistant to room temperature, no yeast odor), water

2. Fresh cider: apple (diced) 950g, white sugar 300g, brewing special yeast package (resistance to room temperature, no yeast odor), water

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