The Home Wine Program is software for designing winemaking recipes and tracking the progress of your batches. Creating your own recipe will allow you to tailor it to your own tastes and you’ll know that it will be balanced in terms of alcohol, acid, tannin, sweetness and body.
Creating your own recipes, or checking out published ones is quick and easy. Typical values of some commercial wines are shown for guidance in setting the targets for a balanced wine. Tables and bar graphs show how well a recipe will meet the targets and various tools are provided for making adjustments. The composition data for 130+ ingredients is included and you can also add your own. Recommended resources include the book “Must” by Gerry Fowles which is available from www.vigoltd.com and data shown in www.brsquared.org.
A method of processing the ingredients using minimal equipment 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 display it in graphical form.
Version 2 has these new features :-
- stock control for your winemaking ingredients
- a simplified means of adding or editing fruit composition data
- ability to change the recipe after a batch has started fermenting
- search for a recipe featuring a chosen ingredient
- estimates the alcohol content using both the gravity drop method and the hydrometer & refractometer one. It calculates the effect of any additions made to the must after fermentation has started.
- records batches of wine being split, eg to sweeten some of it
- a blending and fortifying option which gives a preview of the expected effect on the wine’s composition
- keeps records of your stocks of wine in bulk storage and in bottles
- records tasting notes for each bottle of wine, either home made or commercial
- comes preloaded with some recipes which were either prize winning or simply well received by family and friends
The slideshows and manual will give an idea of what the Home Wine Program can do for you.
Downloading is free and doesn’t involve registration.
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 8Mb hard disk space.