Making Wine with a Juicer: Yes It's Possible!
Juicers are a fantastic piece of kitchen equipment. They have the power to break down fruits and vegetables, providing you with a healthy, nutrient packed drink that can do wonders for your body.
But what else can you use your juicer for, besides the traditional fruit and vegetable juice? You can make wine!
How Juicers Work?
Juicers are designed to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables, leaving nothing but pure juice behind for you to enjoy. The process of juicing is simple -simply run the produce of your choice through the juicer and let the machine do the work.
Some produce needs to be peeled first, such as oranges, but produce with softer skin such as apples can be ran through the juicer seeds, skin and all. Simply cut the produce to fit into the juicer and that's it!
The pulp of the produce used is left behind in the machine, ensuring that you are only drinking the juice of your produce. Depending on the quality of your juicer as well as the type, the amount of juice extracted may vary.
Types of Juicers
The most important aspect to making wine with a juicer is to find the right juicer for the job. Some juicers are made strictly for fruits and vegetables while others such as wheatgrass juicers will only juice wheatgrass.
The two main juicer types are centrifugal and masticating:
Centrifugal juicers force the produce through a set of blades and "spin" the juice out. While effective, this type of juice is typically less nutritious due to the amount of air that is used during the juicing process.
The heat created by this type of juicer can also negate some of the nutrients in a juice. The biggest downside to this type of juicer however, is its inability to handle certain key produce that is so highly praised for its health benefits such as leafy greens.
Masticating juicers squeeze the produce instead of shred it, which leads to a gentler extraction. These juices hold on to their nutrients more than a juice made with a centrifugal juicer as well as contain more fiber due to the more natural juicing process.
There are differences in the style that the juicer is made as well, which will effect the resulting juice that is extracted.
Newer model juicers, such as the Omega VRT350HD are vertical masticating juicers while older model juicers, such as the Omega J8006 are horizontal masticating juicers.
Making Wine with a Juicer
When it comes to making wine with a juicer, you need to decide which kind of wine you are interested in making first.
As a general rule, juicers are great for making white wines. This is due to the lack of tannin in the grape juice that is extracted, though again this depends on the type of juicer you have.
A masticating juicer will remove all of the pulp from the fruit and leave just the juice, which is beneficial to white wine making.
An older horizontal centrifugal juicer works better for red wines because it tends to simply crush the fruit, which means the pulp and tannin is left behind with the juice.
How to Make Wine with a Juicer
Begin by first setting your grapes of choice on a plate next to the juicer. The amount of grapes you will need depends on how large of a batch of wine you are wanting to make as well as how well your juicer performs. It may take a few tries before you get it right.
Next, simply place the grapes through the running juicer and let it do all the work!At this point if you are looking to add more flavors to the wine, you can add other berries to the juicer such as strawberries or blackberries.
The juice that is extracted at this point is perfect for white wine making. As mentioned above, depending on which juicer you use you may need to add back in the pulp or skin of the grapes in order to make a red wine. It is the tannin in the skin, pulp and stems of the grapes that give it its beautiful, rich color.
A juicer can be tremendously beneficial to the process of wine making, however the type of juicer you use as well as the type of wine you wish to make needs to be considered.
While juicers can help to make white wines, the pulp, skin and stems that are removed during the juicing process is what gives a red wine it's color.
If you are interested in using a juicer for making wine, further research may be needed in order to find the right juicer for the job.