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

To make one Gallon of Barley Wine

1/2 kg Barley-Whole barley grain! Or they used to use pearl barley from the supermarket...
1/2kg Raisins
2 lemons
1.5kg sugar
High alcohol yeast
Pectolase
Yeast nutrient

Pour two  pints of boiling water over the barley and  chopped raisins and
 leave overnight .
Use a good clean food grade bucket and cover with a cloth or rest the lid on.
Add the juice and zest of the lemons but not the pith.
Add the rest of the ingredients and a further 5 pints of water and stir well.
Leave 4 days and stir daily.

It will form a thick crust, stir this back in the wine and pop any raisins that you missed when you chopped them!
Strain off into a demi john top up to 8 pints and leave to ferment out.

It can take a while, about 4 to six weeks is normal but sometimes longer!
When all the bubbles stop, syphon off into a demi john and add a campden tablet and potassium sorbate.
Best left for 12 months to mature

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