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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 November 19, 2019

        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

        Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

        If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

        1. Create a Daily Plan

        Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

        2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

        Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

        3. Use a Calendar

        Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

        I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

        Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

        4. Use an Organizer

        An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

        These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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        5. Know Your Deadlines

        When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

        But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

        6. Learn to Say “No”

        Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

        Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

        7. Target to Be Early

        When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

        For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

        Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

        8. Time Box Your Activities

        This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

        You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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        9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

        Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

        10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

        Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

        You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

        11. Focus

        Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

        Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

        Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

        12. Block out Distractions

        What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

        I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

        When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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        Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

        13. Track Your Time Spent

        When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

        You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

        14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

        You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

        Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

        15. Prioritize

        Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

        Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

        16. Delegate

        If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

        When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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        17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

        For related work, batch them together.

        For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

        1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
        2. coaching
        3. workshop development
        4. business development
        5. administrative

        I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

        18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

        What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

        One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

        While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

        19. Cut off When You Need To

        The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

        Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

        20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

        Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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