GRAPE WINE

2003-07-07T00:00:00Z 2011-08-24T10:08:02Z GRAPE WINE Agri-View
July 07, 2003 12:00 am

You need lots of concord grapes for juice.

To make juice, add clean grapes to a stainless steel pan with 2 cups water just to cover the bottom. Cook by simmering until grapes are just soft. Strain in a jelly bag, let drip until done dripping. Don't squeeze bag. Save pulp for preserves.

Grape wine recipe:

1 quart water

4 cups sugar

1 gallon jug (glass apple juice or cider bottle with handle)

1 teaspoon wine yeast

1/4 cup warm water

2 quarts grape juice

Extra boiling water, cooled to room temperature

One 12" balloon

Boil the quart of water. Add sugar and dissolve over heat until clear. Take off heat and cool to room temperature.

Wash jar well. Rinse with a few drops of bleach and hot water. Rinse again with hot water, drain well.

Dissolve wine yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.

To the jug, pour 2 quarts juice. Add the dissolved yeast. Stir gently with a long-handled wooden spoon, then add the sugar water. If it doesn't fill the jug up to the neck, add the extra boiled water that has been cooled. Don't fill to the top of the jug, leave the neck empty. Place the balloon over the opening and set the jug in a pan, in case it should bubble over. Label the jug and set in a warm, dark place to ferment undisturbed for 21 days.

This recipe makes a dry wine.

Only make 1 gallon at a time.

Save glass bottles with plastic lids or buy corks to fit the bottles. You can get wine bottles from liquor stores.

To bottle the wine, carefully pour out of the jug. I strain mine through a coffee filter. Don't pour out the sediment in the bottom of the jug. Throw it away. Then strain the wine again and put into clean, sterilized bottles. Or you can use a siphon hose and an air tight fermentation cork. You can get that at a wine supply store.

I cover the cork or cap with tin foil. Label and date the wine. Place in a dark room in the basement for 6 months to a year. It will clear and sometimes has a small amount of settlement in the bottom.

You can get the yeast at wine supply stores or order from Kitchen Krafts. Call 1-800-776-0575 to get a catalog. Order an all purpose wine yeast (nontrachet) at about 50 cents per packet. One package yeast makes 5 gallons of wine.

Happy wine making!

Tips: Do this in summertime. Be careful - the balloon can break and it makes a mess, plus you have to start over. Do not use chlorinated water. Use this on beef or pork roast - very good when baked.

Erma Wagenaar, Adrian, MN

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