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How can I make a decent drinkable wine like the Bible or Romans did ? Answered

I always wondered how they made wine in the old days of the Bible and Romans! All they had was some urns and grapes! So I want to keep it simple! (KISS) Keep it simple stupid is my motto! Anyone got a clue? I don't want any chemicals or fancy equipment either, so ?


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6 years ago

In Biblical times Mead and Wine were safer to drink then water !



6 years ago

I believe they used wine skins as part of the fermenting process. A leather bottle that was made leakprufe. More than likely the contaminants inside the leather bag would have aided in the process. So if you really want to do it the old way you might need to get a few sheep and skin them and then pour your grape juice into them and hang it out to ferment.

I think they created just as much vinegar. From what I recall, the Romans considered it "barbaric" to drink wine as is, and would water it down before consumption. For preservation (since they had no refrigerators), some would boil down their wine (like a modern day reduction), until they had a very thick and sickly sweet mixture that was hardly "drinkable". The boiling process also rid the wine of all its alcohol, so in essence, everything they did as far as grapes were concerned was an experiment. I'm not sure that they really created anything close to modern day wines, and if you follow the bible, Jesus made wine from water (but lets just say none of us mere mortals will be able to do that). :)

Mead if you want something drinkable.

Leave your juice out in the open air for a couple of days. If you're lucky, you'll get enough natural yeasts to trigger a fermentation.

The Ancients would have innoculated the new juices with some of the old.

Thanks, I wonder if it tasted good? Or just a little fizzy grapey taste! Got to get into the time machine and go way back! I will let you know upon my return!

It would have been a process of constant experiment and rigorous product monitoring......