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Free Winemaking Recipes

A Complete A to Z of free home made wine recipes

Every wine making recipe you'll need.

Lots of home made wine recipes, all tried by us! Feel free to mail us for help if you want!

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Peter    

 Free Wine making Recipes

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A to Z of Free Wine Making Recipes
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Beginner Country Wine Equipment Set - Pectolase/Yeast  / Buckets Demi John etc.
 
Notes:   For those among you who want to try natural alternatives these tips may be useful!
1 Teaspoon citric acid- Use juice of a medium lemon
Tannin - Use a cup of cold tea no milk or sugar!
Pectolase- Not really a substitute for this but some people use a couple of over ripe bananas
Yeast Nutrient- Just leave it out, your wine may stop a bit sweet especially flower wines
Yeast- Ha! You've got to buy this somewhere! Use baking yeast at a pinch
Sugar- Try Honey but it does impart it's own flavour.

 
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Apple Wine

 

 

 

 

Apple Wine
3 kg Apples
1 kg Sugar
250 ml grape concentrate
1 Teaspoon pectolase
1 teaspoon tannin
1 teaspoon nutrient
1 teaspoon citric acid

Yeast- One sachet of Gervin No3 is good!


Crush, chop, grate or find some way of pulping the apples into small bits. Throw  it all into a clean sterilised food grade bucket.
Pour 4 pints of boiling water two kettles full is about right) over the fruit and add the sugar.
When cool to room temperature add the rest of ingredients and 2 pints of cold water.
Top up to shoulders of demi-john
It should start bubbling within 24 hours. If it doesn't, add more yeast because you killed the first lot!
After 3 days strain off, use a coarse straining bag that you can buy off us. Or, improvise if you must with muslin or the net curtains.
Put into a clean demi john with an airlock and leave to ferment out. This may take a few days or a couple of weeks depending on the temperature.
When the bubbles stop coming through the airlock, or slow down to about one every 2 minutes test the wine.
Either use a hydrometer or taste it. If it's too sweet leave it longer.
If it's dry (sour taste) or just right syphon off into a clean demi john.
Add 1 campden tablet and potassium sorbate.
Leave to clear.
When clear, syphon into a clean demi john or bottle.
If it's too dry sweeten with sugar but keep a check that it doesn't start fermenting again.
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Apricot Wine

Apricot Wine

 

1.5 kg Apricots
1 kg Sugar
250 ml grape concentrate
1 teaspoon of Pectolase
 1 small teaspoon of Tannin
1 teaspoon of yeast nutrient
1 Teaspoon of  citric acid
Yeast- Gervin no 1

Stone the apricots and squash them into a pulp.
Pour 4 pints of boiling water(two kettles full is about right) over the fruit and add the sugar.
When cool to room temperature add the rest of ingredients and 2 pints of cold water.
It should start bubbling within 24 hours. If it doesn't, add more yeast because you killed the first lot!
After 3 days strain off, use a coarse straining bag that you can buy off us. Or, improvise if you must with muslin or the net curtains.
Put into a clean demi john with an airlock and leave to ferment out. This may take a few days or a couple of weeks depending on the temperature.
When the bubbles stop coming through the airlock, or slow down to about one every 2 minutes test the wine.
Either use a hydrometer or taste it. If it's too sweet leave it longer.
If it's dry(sour taste) or just right syphon off into a clean demi john.
Add 1 campden tablet and potassium sorbate.
Leave to clear.
When clear, syphon into a clean demi john or bottle.
If it's too dry you can sweeten with sugar but keep a check that it doesn't start fermenting again. Leave it a couple of weeks then add a campden before bottling.
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Blackberry Wine

Blackberry Wine

2 kg Blackberries
1 kg sugar
Gervin Varietal A Yeast (or a good red wine yeast)
250 ml red grape concentrate or about 300g elderberries
Pectolase-as directed on container
 1 tsp yeast nutrient
1tsp of citric acid
Tannin-Leave out if adding elderberries!

 

Pour 2 pint boiling water over the blackberrys (and elderberries if you use them.)  and add sugar.
leave overnight
Make up to 7 pints with cold water and add rest of ingredients
Leave 48 hours- it should froth and bubble,  give it a bit of stir when you pass it.
Strain off into a clean demi john and fit airlock.
When the frothing dies down a bit top up to the shoulders of the demi john with cold water
Leave to ferment out until bubbles stop.
Syphon off and add a campden tablet and potassium sorbate.
Leave to clear and bottle when clear.
Sweeten if required but does taste very good as a dry wine.

I never wash the blackberries, I've eaten hundreds straight off the bramble so why wash them. Just don't pick them
off the side of the road where they're full of horrible things.
It's good to add a few elderberries, if you add a lot leave out the tannin.
Blackberries don't keep too well, make the wine the day you pick them. If you leave them they start
to go mouldy and things crawl out of them!
It's also good with a couple of pounds of apples instead of the grape concentrate, just chop them up and add them
in the bucket.
I've made a lot of blackberry wine and it's always good, blackberry pie is also a winner!
If you have any pie left and need help to eat it just mail me!

For those who get hot under the collar about spelling and mail me about spelling misteaks, yes I know blackberrys is spilt rong. Ha!
Did you mail me before you read this?!


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Elderberry Wine

Elderberry--Also Blackcurrant

 

 

1.5 Kg  Elderberries
250 Ml grape concentrate
1 kg sugar
1 teaspoon of  citric acid
1 teaspoon of  pectolase
Yeast- Gervin no 3 is perfect but any all purpose yeast will be fine

 1 Teaspoon of Yeast nutrient
Both these fruits are strongly flavoured and I would strongly recommend
that you do not boil or soak them too long. Don't be tempted to use too many elderberries, Pull the elderberries off the stalks, it doesn't matter if a bit of stalk gets in. Then put into a clean
sterilised food grade bucket
Pour 2 pints boiling water over the fruit and leave overnight.
Next day add 4 pints cold water, and everything but the grape concentrate.
Leave 24 hours and strain off. Do not squeeze too much!
Pour into a demi john with an airlock and add the grape concentrate.
Leave until it stops frothing(about 2 days) and fill up with cold water to the shoulder of the demi john.
Ferment out as normal, when it stops fermenting( bubbles stop) syphon off into a clean dem-john  and add a campden tablet .
Leave about a month if it doesn't clear, add finings and another campden tablet.
Bottle when clear- it can taste a bit strong but gets better!!
If you want to drink it quick add only 2lb of fruit and cut the sugar down by about a tenth.
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GrapeFruit Wine

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make a gallon

Six Grapefruit- Or a carton of juice

250ml grape concentrate

1.5 Kg sugar

Yeast (gervin no3 is good)

Nutrient

Tannin

Pectolase

Squeeze the juice out of the fruit and put in a bucket, you did pare the zest off first didn't you?

Add the zest only- the pith , the white stuff is really bitter.

Pour 4 pints of boiling water two kettles full is about right  over the fruit and add the sugar.
When cool to room temperature add the rest of ingredients and 2 pints of cold water.
 
It should start bubbling within 24 hours. If it doesn't, add more yeast because you killed the first lot!
After 48 hours days strain off, use a coarse straining bag that you can buy off us. Or, improvise if you must with muslin or the net curtains.
Put into a clean demi john with an airlock .Top it up with cold water to about the shoulders of the demi john and leave to ferment out

 This may take a few days or a couple of weeks depending on the temperature.
When the bubbles stop coming through the airlock, or slow down to about one every 2 minutes test the wine.
Either use a hydrometer or taste it. If it's too sweet leave it longer.
If it's dry (sour taste) or just right syphon off into a clean demi john.
Add 1 campden tablet and potassium sorbate.
Leave to clear.
When clear, syphon into a clean demi john or bottle.
If it's too dry sweeten with sugar but keep a check that it doesn't start fermenting again.

I've got to tell you I didn't think much of this one! It was bitter and not to my taste at all! .

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Baileys Style Irish Cream

Baileys Irish Cream Style
4oz sugar
2 1/2 fluid oz water
8 fluid oz whiskey
1   5oz can evaporated milk
5 fluid oz single cream thin fresh, not tinned
10 ml cacao essence(we have this)
Mix everything together and allow the sugar to dissolve..
Leave in fridge for 2 hours
It's now ready to drink.
It should now be kept in the fridge until drunk.(you or the drink!)
A customer gave us this recipe, we've not tried it  yet . Let us know if you give a go!
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Banana Wine 1 Gallon

Banana Wine- It doesn't taste of banana, it just tastes like a wine. Don't squeeze the banana's too much or you just get a load of deposit in the demi john. The boiled banana goes brown and very squishy, good for playing jokes....

Barley Wine to make One Gallon

Barley wine made from barley grain. This is not the stuff that they sell in the shops. Commercial barley wine is made from malt and hops and is drunk like a beer. This is made from un-malted barley grain and is more like a sherry! They used to call it poor man's brandy!

The picture is whole barley-we sell it on the flowers and grain page, you could use pearl barley from the supermarket but it can end up a bit cloudy

Beetroot Wine One Gallon

Beetroot Wine --One Gallon

If you've got an allotment you'll have loads of these!

The books all say it tastes earthy, it doesn't! Some one must have boiled the beetroots without washing them if you boil earthy beetroots you're going to get earthy wine! Just make sure you give them a good scrub! Cut off all the green stems and leaves, you just want the beetroot itself

Bilberry Wine One Gallon

Bilberry Wine--We used to use those jars of bilberries, they seem a lot more expensive now. And bilberries don't turn up much in the supermarket. It's worth a go , a nice full bodied rich red wine

Birch Sap Wine One Gallon

This is one of those wines everyone talks about. It's very interesting to make and it tastes ok. It just requires a bit of effort and the timing to tap the trees is critical!

Blackberry Wine One Gallon

We love blackberry wine. It's always successful and tastes great!. It's worth a few scratches to get the best blackberries! There's plenty on the common at the back of my house so we never go short!

Blackcurrant Wine One Gallon

If you've got blackcurrant bushes you'll know that you get loads of them when in season! Blackcurrant wine is a winner, the taste can be strong so don't be too heavy handed on the blackcurrants!

Broad Bean Wine One Gallon

I've never fancied this one, a coupl eof the customers in theshop have made it though and they say it's ok.

Just throw the bean pods away, use only the beans

Carrot Whiskey One Gallon

It's one of those wines that you have to try... Carrot wine?

Wine from carrots?, well, yes!

Cherry Wine One Gallon

Cherries used to come cheap but with suoermarkets they are now always expensive--If you can get the reduced ones they're fine. Best bet is to support your local greengrocer who will have loads of cheap cherries when they are bountiful!

Chocolate Wine One Gallon

Woo!! Chocolate wine!!

Cider Without a Press 2 to 6 gallons

How to make cider if you don't have a press. It does work, it's not really cider but it is very alcoholic and a bit of fun

Cider

CIder is easy to make, which is why it's been around so long.

You can freeze the apples and when they defrost you can squeeze the juice out by hand, it makes your fingers cold though!

Coffee Wine One Gallon

It's one of those wines you hear about and have to make!

We've had quite a few people email us and tell us they like this recipe! So there you go!

Coltsfoot Wine One Gallon

Colts foot are a lot rarer than they used to be and I would not recommend that you use wild flowers.
If you can get dried follow the recipe for elder flowers

Cranberry Wine One Gallon

It's hard to get fresh cranberries in the UK. You can use cranberry juice, use about a litre. It's not usually pure cranberry juice , it's got sugar and sometimes apple or pear juice in it. Cranberry juice is a bit too tart to drink on it's own!

Cumberland Brandy One Gallon

Well it's not brandy! This recipe came from Cumberland though!

Curry Wine - One Gallon/Six Bottles

Yep! a curry wine, it's spicy and fragrant and well daft.

You might not manage more than half a glass at a time, it sort of sneaks up on you!

Damson Wine One Gallon

Keep an eye open for Damson trees when you're out and about. There's lots in Cheshire, the owners don't usually mind if you knock on the door and ask for a few Damsons! You might have to give them a bottle of wine though!

Damson Wine Easy Peasy One Gallon

This is so easy you'll have to try it!

It's one of my favourites, if I get enough Damsons I'll make a five gallon batch!

Damson Gin

Damson Gin is Gorgeous and dead easy!

Dandelion Wine One Gallon

There's always loads of dandelions, they take a bit of picking and getting the petals off is even worse...Worth the effort though! My lawn is full of them if you want to pop over and help yourself...

Date Wine One Gallon

Date Wine--Seems to have fallen out of favour but dates are cheaper than they ever were. It is a bit sort of sherryish and we don't drink a lot of sherry any more. They drank it a lot on Terry and June in the seventies!

Dewberry Wine One Gallon

We've never even seen a Dewberry! We've had a look and they are s form of Blackberry---So just follow for Blackberry Wine. You find them in sandunes in coastal areas...

Eldwerflower Wine

Elderflowers can make a gorgeous wine! Sometimes they smell strongly of cats-Avoid these flowers and pick some from somewhere else!

Elderflower Champagne

Elderflower Champagne can be really fizzy, be careful with it! We recommend plastic bottles that have held fizzy water or drinks. Check them to make sure they don't get too much gas in them, they swell up like little fat pigs when they are too gassed!

Elderflower and Gooseberry Wine One Gallon

One of those delightful mixes that work really well! Makes agreat pie as well!

Elderberry Wine One Gallon

Elderberry Wine -One of the best homemade wines,some recipes say to boil the Elderberries but this makes them bitter and very strong.

Ginger Wine One Gallon

Nice and easy ginger wine recipe!

Fig Wine to make One Gallon

Fig Wine, I love fresh figs! Ive never tried fresh fig wine they seem to have appeared in the last 20 years. I'll have a go when they're cheap enough

Fruit Juice Wine To Make One Gallon

Lots of you have been asking for this one!

It's a bit open ended and it's really up to you what you make..

Popular in countries where alcohol is hard to get...

 

Grape Wine One Gallon

Wine from Grapes? Blimey whatever next!

I made a gallon from the grapes growing round my back door, i used unripe grapes and you could taste them in the finished wine. ONly use good grapes!

Greengage Wine One Gallon

Greengage Wine

Another cheat! We use the recipe for plum as it's the same recipe. Some recipes suggest using minced barley but all it does is give the wine a sort of sherry taste. It's not needed! IF you add the grape concentrate it adds the body and flavour but tastes nice as well

Gooseberry Wine

To Make One Gallon

Makes one of the best wines, and they're good value as well!

Hawthorm Blossom Wine One Gallon

Supposed to be the witches blossom. My Mother would never have it in the house, the wine is supposed to have magical properties!!

The petals take a lot of picking, if there's less than the recipe just make it anyway

Mango Wine Six Bottles

Mangos are a strong tasting fruit and make a golden wine

Mead-Honey Wine!!

Mead. Basically honey wine, a few different methods for you to try! Home made mead is fun!

Marrow Rum-Old Fashioned

Marrow Rum-Treacly brown and old fashioned but a bit of fun!

How to make a rumpot

Rumpot, rumtopf -both the same, rum sugar and a whole lot of fun!

Loganberry wine One Gallon

We can't get enthusiastic about Loganberry wine as we've never seen one. We think it might be a cult thing and we don't like cults...

They're a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry

Mulled Wine to Make one Gallon

A gallon of mulled wine to my own recipe!

Orange Wine/Nectarine Wine

Orange Wine - I'm not that keen on this one. Some people like it though.

Passion Fruit Wine One gallon

Dont know as its worth messing about with this one, I suppose if you get the passion fruit cheap enough it's wortha shot!

Raspberry Wine to Make One Gallon

I love raspberries, there never seems to be enough to make wine with them but I have done it...

Redcurrant Wine One Gallon

Redcurrants dont seem as popular these days. They grow really well in the garden. They make a good wine as well.

Ribena Wine -One Gallon

Some one's emailed me and said they made the Ribena wine just to see--- and it ended up too sweet and took ages--Looks like it still doesn't work so follow this recipe instead

You can use any canned fruit for this recipe, try pears, guavas or pineapple! I wouldn;t recommend frankfurter wine though...

Rice and Raisin Wine One Gallon

 An old fashioned recipe that works surprisingly well. Rice and Rasin was always a favourite in the old days before we had all the nice wine kits. It's simple and doesn't taste too bad!

Rice and raisin is also a very nice album by Eliza Carthy that's worth a listen!

Pear Wine One Gallon

Pears make a good wine-Some recipes say use "Sleepy" pears. I tried this and it makes terrible wine! The pears should be ripe but never too ripe or the wine tastes like overipe pears!

I'm not sure what sleepy pears are, I took it to mean really ripe ones and as I said they are not very good! Perhaps it was a misprint-can anyone suggest what it should have been?

Peach Wine One Gallon

It says to stone the peaches, we find a couple of vodkas gets them stoned very quickly.... Blame Groucho Marx for that one..

Parsley Wine One Gallon

One of those odd recipes that keep springing up, parsley grows like mad so there's always plenty of it in the garden!

Not one of my favourites but sometimes you have to try these things!

Parsnip Win One Gallon

They make a surprisingly good wine. YOu can use a lot less than the 2kg, I think I just used a kg last time and it was  plenty

Sparkling Pear Wine (Perry) One Gallon

I've kept perry made this way for over a year and it does taste good! It's ready to drink in about 3 weeks if you can't wait!

Pineapple Wine One Gallon

You can get pineapples cheap when in season, a couple of medium pineapples will make a gallon of wine. You can add 250 ml grape juice if you want but pineapple seems to work very well without it!

Plum Wine One Gallon

Plum wine is very popular and can turn out as a great wine!

Potatoe Wine One Gallon

They use potatoes to make alcohol in lots of countries, traditionally they are used in Potcheen as well.

We prefer our spuds in a nice mash with sausage--another one you've got to try though!

Rhubarab Wine One Gallon

There's lots of recipes for Rhubarb wine . This one is easy and you don't boil the rhubarb - here at thebrewshop we're always searching for knowledge. Is Rhubarb a fruit or a vegatable?

Rosehip Wine One Gallon

Rosehips are the fruit of the wild rose. If you keep an eye open for wild roses in flower you can go back later for the rosehips! They can be very thorny, you have been warned!

Rose Petal Wine-Dried or Fresh One Gallon

Rose Petals make a lovely wine. Some are more fragrant than others, just choose the really nice smelling ones. It doesn't seem to matter if they're red or white!

Wheat Wine One Gallon

It's an old Traditional recipe-  Sort of a sherry style. It's actually the same recipe as the CUmberland Brandy...

Sloe Gin

Sloe gin is very traditional. It's fantastic and the location of sloes is a jealously garded secret. I get mine from...No no! I can't tell you!!

Strawberry Wine to make one Gallon

Strawberry Wine- Home made is gorgeous, I once drank two bottles of homemade strawberry wine, there must have been the equivalent of 2 pounds of fruit in it. I got a terrible strawberry rash and itched for days...You've been warned!!

Tea Wine for One Gallon

A nice cup of rosy lee please guvnor! Tea wine is surprising!

Zebra Tonic Wine

Zebra Tonic Wine. You'll see this wine in a few places but we invented it! It was to get a wine beginning with Z. Lots of people have now made it and it's become  afavourite of a lot of people.

It's one of the few wines to use tinned prunes!

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Vinegar Fly

Of course it's not a wine! You'll see warnings about these and how they can ruin your wine!

Sloe Wine -Recipe for Six Bottles

Sloes are small blue/black berries about the size of fat blackcurrants.

They are hard to find but worth searching for!

They make a glorious wine if a little slow to mature. It has a deep ruby colour and an exquisite taste.