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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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        Last Updated on September 16, 2019

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

        You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

        We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

        The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

        Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

        1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

        Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

        For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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        • (1) Research
        • (2) Deciding the topic
        • (3) Creating the outline
        • (4) Drafting the content
        • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
        • (6) Revision
        • (7) etc.

        Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

        2. Change Your Environment

        Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

        One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

        3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

        Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

        Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

        My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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        Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

        4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

        If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

        Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

        I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

        5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

        I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

        Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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        As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

        6. Get a Buddy

        Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

        I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

        7. Tell Others About Your Goals

        This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

        For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

        8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

        What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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        9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

        If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

        Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

        10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

        Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

        Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

        11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

        At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

        Reality check:

        I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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