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Friday, June 1, 2012

How to Make Wine

How to make wine, one gallon at a time:
One quart of fruit, any kind. My favorite is Blackberry because it is feels the best in my stomach. Mash the fruit and put it in a container similar to the jar on the left. Cover fruit with one-half of water and put a wet paper towel on top or anything will do that keeps the fruit flies or gnats out of the fruit. Let the fruit set for one week, mashing and stirring the fermenting fruit with your hand once or twice a day. Cover it with the went towel each time. About the third day you can smell the fruit turning sour or whatever. 
On the seventh day drain the fruit through a few layers of cheese cloth and pour into the gallon jug on the right. Dissolve and make a syrup of six cups of white sugar and cool the syrup and pour into the jug and add enough water to fill almost to the brim. Cap the jug with an airlock and keep in a warm place for however long it takes to turn into wine, up to 3-9 months. It is finished when there are no more tiny little bubbles making their way to the neck of the jug. I buy my airlocks at German Village in Berlin Ohio in the hardware department for $2.00. They have everything a person needs to make wine.

After the wine is finished, siphon it out into a pitcher and pour into bottles and cap. I cap mine with corks, because if there is still some fermenting going on the corks will fly to the ceiling instead of the pressure breaking the bottles. Store in a cool dark place until time to drink a little bit for stomach's sake. I also bought the hose at the same place I use to siphon the wine, plus the corks. I got my bottles free from a friend in the neighborhood.

Anymore questions, feel free to ask. 

And before you comment with condemnation concerning wine, remember that Jesus was accused of being a winebibber by the religious people of His time.


8 comments:

  1. Thanks Katie - I will have to try my hand at it this fall. We had gotten a very nice wine making kit in MT but got rid of it when we moved.

    And I agree - you don't get called a winebibber for no reason! =)

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  2. Thank you so much for posting all of that. I can not wait to try this. Excellent directions.

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  3. Years ago I made wine (with some grape juice I had). I used a balloon instead of an airlock. When the balloon was completely deflated, it was done! Hmm, blackberry sounds good!

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    1. Before I had the airlocks I used a balloon with a tiny prick of a pin hole in it, so it won't bust and spray the sticky mess all over the kitchen. The reason I bought the airlocks was so I can be gone for weeks and know the balloon won't pop while I am gone.

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  4. Interesting post Katie and i have a friend in Florida who makes his own wine, and during the holidays gives some bottles out as gifts. Richard

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  6. I have a gallon of fresh blackberries, and a gallon of fresh peaches that are mealy that I am ready to make into wine. Doing a bit more research I typed "How to make wine"into google. I thought you would find it interesting to note that this site came up on the first page. :)

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    1. Very interesting that my site was first. I never imagined it would come to this, but I am pleased.

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