If you are looking for a recipe for a home made wine, then why not create your own? In that way you will be able to include the ingredients you have, and will compliment each other, rather than using those which someone else has chosen. If you aim to make a wine from blackberries, blueberries and sloes it would be difficult to find a recipe, because these fruits are in season at different times. Creating your own recipe using some frozen fruit would be the only option.
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.
At the end of the day, your judgement will be needed to decide which flavours go together well. That is an important part of the art of making good wine.
The Notebook allows you to keep track of the progress of each batch of wine and display it in graphical form.
Version 2 is currently being developed. It’s taking a long time because I keep thinking of more features to include, and will only release it after it’s been thoroughly tested. New features :-
- 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
- allow for a batch of wine being split into sub-batches, eg to sweeten some of it and fortify some
- include a blending and fortifying option
- keep records of your stocks of wine, both home made and commercial
The Home Wine Program is a free application. There is no registration option, therefore if you want to know if the software has been updated 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.