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sapphire

wine making

never made wine before. Now have 2 demijohns, odd plastic bottles a bung & tube.

Where do I start   needs to be really simple. Can I use fruit from the freezer?

Thank you
Gareth

Thawed out fruit from the freezer is just fine to make wine with.

Recently I made a summer fruits wine with a 500g pack of frozen fruit from Aldi.

Here is what I like to do, and what works for me:

Per 1 gallon/5litre demi-john.

Put the thawed fruit in a bowl with about 1 litre of water and zap with a blender until smooth. Add to a large pan with 3 more litres of water and bring to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and while the base mix is still hot add 1.5kg of sugar (or honey) stirring until fully dissolved. Allow to cool (usually overnight) to room temperature and then add to the demi-john. Allow to settle for about 30 minutes then you may now top up the demi-john with boiled but cooled to room temperature water.

Now is the time to take your initial hydrometer reading if you so wish; these days it is something I rarely do. Sprinkle a little dried yeast (I only ever use the very tiniest pinch of yeast) on to the surface or add your prepped yeast starter.

Label the D-J with contents, quantities, base line hydrometer reading and date so you know exactly what is in the D-J 6-9-12 months down the road..... although trying to identify multiple unlabelled DJs of home-made wine by sampling can be lots of fun!  

Insert the water/bubble trap into the neck of the demi-john and leave for 24-48 hours or until bubbles can be seen rising from the mix, or they are obviously gurgling through the water trap. Then put away some where safe making sure that you take the time to check your DJ once a fortnight or so until it has fermented out completely.

I like to cool ferment at room temperature, even through the winter months with our central heating set at only 16*C, and I always let the contents of the D-J ferment out completely............... we love a very dry, fruity but crisp home-made wine.
Lorrainelovesplants

Try my dandelion beer....we had great sucess with this last year....

You all remember the dandelion beer - reaches the parts other beers dont reach
sapphire

Thank you Gareth    nice simple idiot proof directions




Lorraine, dandelion wine? sounds nice
confused

I like the look of this recipe , seems easy enough even for me !!
Gareth

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
Try my dandelion beer....we had great sucess with this last year....

You all remember the dandelion beer - reaches the parts other beers dont reach



As I recall you said that your dandelion beer was so good that you were considering having to outsource hubbies domestic obligations.        
Border

Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
 
You all remember the dandelion beer - reaches the parts other beers dont reach


Remember it well....... ........and then this morning my husband told me that he had to fend me off as i was getting a bit amorous.

I made some dandelion beer after your recipe........and all my missus did was fall asleep.          
sapphire

Border wrote:
Lorrainelovesplants wrote:
 
You all remember the dandelion beer - reaches the parts other beers dont reach


Remember it well....... ........and then this morning my husband told me that he had to fend me off as i was getting a bit amorous.

I made some dandelion beer after your recipe........and all my missus did was fall asleep.          


       oh dear, poor you border    

Anyhow, Lorraine - recipe please if you would be so kind   plus the bromide LOL!
Lorrainelovesplants

Really easy
the recipe, I mean.....

8oz whole young dandelion plants
8 pints water
1/2 oz (or slightly less) root ginger (peeled & bashed)
peeled rind & juice of 1 lemon
1 lb sugar
1oz cream of tartar.
1 yeast sachet (white wine)

Dig up whole plant, wash and scrub wthe root. put in saucepan with water, ginger & lemon peel .  Boil then simmer for 10 mins.
Pour into fermentation bucket.
Add sugar and cream of tartar.
Stir until sugar dissolves and leave to cool till hand hot/lukewarm.
Add yeast, stir, and then add lemon juice.
Cover & leave in a warm place for 3 days.  Strain into strong screw top bottles.
THIS IS VERY FIZZY - you will need to gas off at least twice a day or there will be an explosion.
Drink in around 1 week, when it has cleared somewhat.
sapphire

Thanks Lorraine    will give it a go
Gareth

Hi Sapphire,

did you start a wine off from frozen fruit?

I would like to know of its progress.
sapphire

Havent got round to doing it yet Gareth. Still clearing up after the builders have been here.
Dave NE

Try this link  http://www.homewinemaking.co.uk   it shows how to make supermarket juice wines which are doing a roaring success for the last few years Dave
Gareth

Dave NE wrote:
Try this link  http://www.homewinemaking.co.uk   it shows how to make supermarket juice wines which are doing a roaring success for the last few years Dave


Supermarket sourced cartons of fruit juice have been the base ingredients in many of my successfully home-made wines and Meads
Spoiler:

I have even won prizes with them (and have lied on the show bench description that I squeezed X amount of Oranges when all I did was open a carton or two of Lidls Orange juice with bits  


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