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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!