Wine And Beer Making

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Wine and beer making have many features in common but a few key differences as well. Owning beer making supplies will not aid you in your foray into the world of wine, and vice versa. Certainly, an understanding of the fermentation process, which is critical to both crafts, can help, as does knowledge of storing, bottling, and labeling.

In that same vein, an understanding of the distribution, retail, and promotional machines behind each of these processes can help would-be commercial brewers and vintners. There are a goodly number of people who know how wine and beer making work but lack the requisite business skills to make a career of either. Ideally, if you're seeking a livelihood through wine and beer making, you'll possess both a knack for business and a firm grasp of the brewing and distilling procedures.

Wine and Beer Making at Home

You'd need to set up separate facilities for each, but wine and beer making are feasible in conjunction with one another. Your most limiting factor is likely to be real estate, for both beer making and wine distilling require sizable tanks for fermentation. Obviously, if you're hoping to grow your own grains or run a private vineyard, you're heading into rarefied air. Only those with deep pockets and dogged determination (not to mention vision) ought to embark on such an ambitious plan.

For less than a few hundred dollars, you can procure the wine distilling and beer brewing kits you need to get underway. Both the wine making and beer brewing industries do billions of dollars annually, and a significant share of this business comes from independent orchards, wineries, and breweries, which only attests to the popularity of these pastimes. For the most part, however, amateur growers and self-styled beer architects are only in it for the novelty, the curiosity, and the satisfaction of producing one's own beverages.

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