How to make wine in 7 easy steps. With our country wine
instructions you will soon be making your own homemade wines. We also
give you some wine making
tips, and wine
making recipes to make sure
that your homemade wine will come out right, every time.
One can make country wines out of just
about anything. We will
show you how to make wine from elderberries, potatoes, damsons,
parsnips and parsley, even beans and pumpkins!
We hope you enjoy our
country wine making overview and hope that you will be tempted to make
your own country wines this summer with our wine recipes we have for
Homemade Country Wine
However, enough talking and let's get
down to the business of how to make wine:
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 1
Wash, peel and chop the fruit,
vegetables or herbs of your choice.
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 2
Water needs to be added
to your fruit,
vegetables or herbs in the first step. But depending what you are using
will depend on whether you add cold water, boiling water or whether
they need to be boiled on top of the cooker. Vegetables are usually
simmered in water until tender, and fruit is steeped in a large
container of boiling water, covered and left until fruit is mushy.
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 3
The ingredients are then
placed in an
open bucket for a couple of days, depending on the type of wine you are
making. The ingredients being of course your fruit, vegetables or
herbs, water, sugar and yeast. Pips and skins will surface during that
time, usually after 3 days. As soon as they start to appear, scoop them
up and discard. Stir your mixture daily.
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 4
the next stage ensure that the
mixture is strained using either a sieve or a muslin cloth and the
liquid placed in a fermentation jar. This is an important stage as the
liquid will start to ferment, and the temperature that it does so must
be constant; an optimal temperature is 21°C-27°C (70°F-80°F) to keep
the fermentation process going.
The other important action at this
stage is to fit the air lock in the jar. Failing to do this will allow
oxygen to come into contact with the mixture, turning your hard work
into vinegar. Half-fill the airlock with distilled water to which is
added a quarter of a campden tablet.
The mixture will be in the jar for a
number of weeks, time varying depending on what you are using.
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 5
Remove the sediment as it collects in
the bottom of the jar; known as lees.
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 6
Decant the wine into smaller bottles
that hold 2 liters in each. Make sure that the bottles are stopped with
special fermentation corks that have a hole in the middle to allow a
second fermentation process to take place.
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 7
Store these 2 liter bottles in a cool,
dark place for 6 months without any disturbance.
HOW TO MAKE WINE - Step 8
After 6 months the wine should be ready
to drink and can also be decanted into smaller bottles and corked for
drinking at a later stage.
Making Tips on How to make Wine
Always choose top-grade unblemished
fruit, vegetables and herbs for your wine making.
Flowers or leaves of herbs should be
stripped from the plant, placed in a container and bruised
with the back
of a wooden spoon before boiling water is added to them.
Once your mixture is transferred into
the fermenter, shake the fermenter vigorously to get plenty of oxygen
into solution. This will help the fermentation process, and is the only
time oxygen should be introduced into the brewing process.
Before adding the yeast, make sure the
temperature of your mixture is between 70-80°F. Too cold and the yeast
will take too long to begin fermentation, too hot and the yeast can be
Softer fruit like strawberries and
blackberries will take less time to steep than hard fruit like apples.
Put 1 gallon of sliced crab apples into
a gallon of water, and let them soak for a fortnight. Strain and add 3
lbs Demerara sugar to each gallon of liquor. Stir well and frequently
until fermentation takes place, which should be in a day or a day and a
half. Leave for 3 days, and then put wine into cask or jar. Lay muslin
over the opening until the hissing noise has ceased. Then cork tightly,
and bottle after 3 months. This wine improves with keeping
Place alternate layers of ripe
blackberries and sugar in wide-mouthed jars. Allow to stand for 3
weeks. Then strain off the liquid and bottle; adding a couple of
raisins to each bottle. Cork lightly at first and later more tightly.
Nothing could be less expensive and the wine will keep in good
condition for a year, having a flavor like that of good port.
WINE MAKING RECIPES for Dandelion Wine
3 quarts dandelion flowers
1 gallon water
3 lbs. sugar
The rind and pulp of 2 lemons and 1 orange
1 oz wine yeast
1 lb raisins
The flowers must be freshly gathered
and removed from their stalks. Place in a large bowl. Bring the water
to the boil, pour over the dandelions, and leave for 3 days, stirring
each day. Cover the bowl with muslin. After the third day, add the
sugar and rinds only of the lemons and orange. Turn all into a pan and
boil for 1 hour. Put back into the bowl and add the pulp of the lemons
and orange. Allow to stand till cool, then put in the wine yeast.
Let it remain covered for 3 days. Now strain and bottle. The bottles
should be not quite filled, and the raisins should be divided equally
among them. Do not cork tightly until fermentation ceases. If this wine
is made in May or June and your homemade wine will be good to drink by
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making recipes for you to
follow that are just as easy as these ones.
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