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This Is How Anyone Including You Can Make Great Wine

This Is How Anyone Including You Can Make Great Wine

Wine has become a key ingredient for enjoying a good meal, regardless of whether you are at home or in a restaurant. And every now and then anyone who is a wine lover is tempted to take a shot at trying to make some wine of their own.

At its core, winemaking is built around a simple fermentation process that turns fruit into alcohol; however, it takes a certain amount of skill to make wine of outstanding taste. But don’t let this discourage you! Yes, this is a process that takes years of practice to be brought to perfection, and it takes both a knowledge of chemistry and high culinary proficiency in order for your wine to reach the refined taste that you desire. But if you just stick to the basics, before long you’ll get the hang of it, and soon you may even discover a recipe worthy of sharing with the world.

Pick your fruit and mix it with other ingredients

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Grapes of different types

    Grapes and berries are the best option for winemaking, so make sure that your chosen fruit is fresh and untouched by any sort of chemical substance. If you have a garden of your own and can grow and collect these types of fruits yourself, this would be perfect for your homemade wine. If not, find a farmer and purchase the fruit from them.

    Clean the fruit meticulously before you begin crushing it, to avoid any undesired flavors in your wine. After the fruit is crushed, use the necessary ingredients to kill bacteria, such as the Campden tablet that adds sulfur dioxide into the mix.

    Next, decide how sweet you want your wine to be and add a proper amount of sugar or honey into the pot. You will probably need to use more honey or added sugar if you are working with low-sugar fruit. Lastly, you need to add yeast as the final ingredient and stir it in well. Now you have a mixture known as ‘must.’

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    Use clean and appropriate equipment

    Old school wine making equipment

      The must needs to be placed in a warm area with an appropriate temperature so that the yeast can grow – around 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees C). It also needs to be well protected to prevent insects from entering it. That is why you need good equipment.

      First of all, the equipment needs to be clean, since any bacteria can spoil the taste and would be a major health risk. The must needs to be stirred a few times per day for three days, after which you need to siphon it into a sealed container so that the wine won’t oxidize. The container needs to have an air lock opening, which allows gas to be released. After you have siphoned the must, you need to allow your wine to age for at least one month before it is bottled.

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      Store your wine properly

      Once you have bottled your wine, place it your wine cellar and let it age some more. If your wine is properly sealed, it will develop a great taste over the years — just make sure that you have a good way of maintaining the right humidity and temperature. If you place your wine in a room with irregular humidity, it will develop a foul taste.

      Wine cellar cooling system

        Bear in mind that it is always better to add less sugar or honey at first, since those are ingredients that can be added afterwards to adjust your wine to your desired taste. Another thing that you should remember is that this is your first try, so if it doesn’t go as well as you anticipated you don’t need to beat yourself up over it.

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        To sum up, this is a relatively easy process. However, the ingredients and their balance in the mixture are an entirely different matter. It is up to you, the cook, to discover the right recipe for your conditions.

        Remember to be patient and to let your wine age in order for its taste to reach its peak. Keep it in a dark, secluded area, properly sealed, and at a temperature that won’t spoil its taste. And always bear in mind that you are doing this for yourself, since selling the wine you made without a license is illegal.

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        Ivan Dimitrijevic

        Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

        We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

        We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

        So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

        Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

        What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

        Boundaries are limits

        —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

        Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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        Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

        Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

        Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

        How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

        Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

        1. Self-Awareness Comes First

        Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

        You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

        To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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        You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

        • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
        • When do you feel disrespected?
        • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
        • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
        • When do you want to be alone?
        • How much space do you need?

        You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

        2. Clear Communication Is Essential

        Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

        Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

        3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

        Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

        That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

        Sample language:

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        • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
        • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
        • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
        • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
        • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
        • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
        • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

        Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

        4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

        Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

        Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

        Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

        We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

        It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

        It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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        Final Thoughts

        Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

        Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

        Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

        The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

        Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

        Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

        They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

        Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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