If you make your own wine then you’ll know the importance of a good recipe. Finding a good one that suits the ingredients you have can be a hit or miss affair, however if you know the composition of each ingredient and make some calculations you’ll be able to design your own recipe. This can be done with a spreadsheet, but that can be tedious.
The Home Wine Program allows you to quickly and easily create recipes for wines which are balanced in terms of alcohol, acid, tannin, sweetness and body. Typical values of some commercial wines are shown for guidance in setting the targets. Tables and bar graphs show how well a recipe will meet the chosen targets and various tools are provided for making adjustments. The composition data for 90+ ingredients is included and you can also add your own data.
A method of making your wine will be shown, together with advice about which additives to use.
The Notebook allows you to keep track of the progress of each batch of wine and displays it in graphical form. The alcohol content can be estimated using the gravity drop method and the application will make allowance for any additions of ingredients or water whilst the must is fermenting. The alcohol content can also be estimated using the hydrometer + refractometer method.
Version 2 is currently being developed and is expected to be ready for release in late 2019. It will :-
- provide a means of stock control for your winemaking ingredients
- give a simplified means of adding or editing fruit composition data
- allow changes to the recipe after a batch has started fermenting
- include a blending, sweetening and fortifying option
- keep records of your stocks of wine in bulk storage and in bottles
The Home Wine Program is a free application. There is no registration so you cannot be contacted in the future. Therefore if you want to know if the software has been updated then please keep an eye on this website, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with a message titled Home Wine Program.
The minimum system requirements are a pc running Microsoft Windows™ 95, 98, Me, NT4, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8/8.1 or 10 with 4.8Mb hard disk space.