Monday, April 16, 2012

Homemade Wine - 1 gallon recipes

Photo here shows apple jack and red (grape).

What you need:
a gallon jug - I prefer glass
an airlock - cheap on amazon
a drilled stopper - photo below
a funnel
a large bowl
siphon tube

For Apple Jack Wine - Packs a punch!
6 cups sugar
2 containers of apple juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon yeast - I used champagne yeast
more recipes below

In a large bowl add sugar, juice concentrate, spices and a quart of warm water.  Stir and mix well making sure the sugar is dissolved.  Using the funnel, pour this mixture into your clean gallon jug.  Add yeast and stir well.  Fill remainder of jug with water leaving about 3 inches at the top.  Stir well.  Place stopper/airlock on top and store in a dark cool place.  Remember to add water to your airlock to the indicator line.  The amount of time it takes for your wine to finish will depend on the conditions where it is stored.  Mine usually takes 30 to 60 days.  You will know it is done when you can no longer see bubbles traveling up the side of the jug.
Siphon off the wine into clean bottles (there are lots of videos on youtube that show you how to do this), you can reuse bottles you don't have to buy new ones.  I prefer the screw top bottles the best...corks are hard to work with.  You can drink the wine right away, but it will improve with age.  If you don't have a tube to siphon off your wine, you can strain it through paper towels, however, tubing is really cheap and a lot less messy.  Discard the sediment at the bottom of the jug.
NOTE: I do not purchase any of the other things you can add to your wine to help clear it up or anything else, I don't think it is necessary.
 I store mine in the pantry.  Here I'm making Peach/Pineapple and Cherry/Tangerine.
 Early stages with lost of bubbles!
I like Red Star yeast.  Each packet is actually for 5 gallons.  I just measure out what I need, tightly seal the packet, place in a ziplock bag and store in the fridge until I need to use more.

More recipes:
Red (Grape) Wine
6 cups sugar
2 containers of grape juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 teaspoon yeast.

1 quart of frozen cherries
the juice of one tangerine
6 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon yeast

1 quart pineapple juice
2 - 15 oz cans peach slices with juice pulverized in blender
6 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon yeast

 I like this style of stopper best.  I ordered it from amazon...very cheap!
Tubing to siphon off your wine.

This is how I became interested in making wine.  I found this recipe on the internet and gave it a try.  It is super simple and the results were very good.  I have used apples, peaches, strawberries and green grapes.  All were good.

To a gallon jug add 6 cups sugar and 6 cups fresh or frozen fruit.  If you use fresh fruit you will need to chop it.  If you use grapes, just slice them in half.  Fill jug with water, leaving about 2 inches and stir well.  Put a lid on and stir everyday for 30 to 45 days.  You will begin to see the magic happen.  Strain the wine through paper towels and bottle.  Good right away, but became stronger as it aged.
I made mine in half gallon canning jars because they were easy to find and had a wide mouth.  I suggest that wherever you decide to store this mix you place a pan under the jars or put them inside a tub.  As time goes on the mixture can fizz over when you stir it.  Discard the sediment and fruit.  Don't eat the'll regret it!