DIY Wine: Make Perfect Dry White Wine at Home

If you’re a wine enthusiast, living in Hillsboro, OR offers plenty of adventure. With great local wineries like Helvetia, Oak Knoll and Gypsy Dancer Estates, finding a great wine for dinner is no problem. To truly explore your favorite beverage, try making your own wine at home. With the right equipment, a little free time and help from local storage facilities, you too can become a great winemaker. Here’s a classic recipe to get you started. 

Dry White Table Wine

  • 18 to 20 pounds of white grapes
  • 1 campden tablet
  • Tartaric acid
  • Sugar
  • 1 package wine yeast


  • Clean your grape clusters. Check for mold, and remove all insects, leaves and stems.
  • Place clusters in a nylon straining bag, and place the bag into a food-grade plastic pail.
  • Using clean hands or a sanitized potato masher, crush the grapes firmly inside the bag.
  • Crush the campden tablet, and sprinkle the powder over the fruit. Cover the pail with cheesecloth and allow it to sit for an hour.
  • Wring out the bag to extract the grape juice into the pail; this should produce about one gallon of juice.
  • Adjust the juice temperature between 55 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Use a titration kit to measure the acid level of the juice. It should be between 6.5 and 7.5 grams per liter. If it’s not, adjust the acidity using tartaric acid.
  • Adjust the juice’s specific gravity to around 22 degrees Brix.
  • Dissolve the wine yeast into one pint of warm water. Let is stand until it you see it becoming bubbly, and then add the yeast solution.
  • Cover the filled pail with cheesecloth, and place it in a cool location.
  • Fermentation should start within 24 hours. Monitor the wine’s progress and temperature daily.
  • When the must reaches dryness at about 0.5 degrees Brix, rack the wine off of the sediment into a sanitized jug.
  • Fit the jug with a sanitized bung and a fermentation lock.
  • Be sure that the container stays topped with white wine and the fermentation lock always contains sulfite solution.
  • After 10 days, rack your wine into another sanitized gallon jug and top it up with white wine of a similar character.
  • Allow the wine to age for three months.
  • Siphon clarified wine off of the sediment and into sanitized wine bottles.
  • Cork the bottles, and place them in a dark area. Wait three months or longer before drinking your masterpiece.

Make Northwest Storage Units Part of Your Wine-Making Plans

To free up extra space for your project and secure a place to store your amazing homemade wines, you’ll need to rent a storage unit. When it comes to Hillsboro, OR storage facilities, you can’t beat Northwest Storage. Contact us today to learn more about our affordable, clean storage units and convenient operating hours. 

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