Favorite wine recipe

Hey it is Strawberry season here in the US and I am about to make strawberry wine.

Here is my recipe

1 gallon water
4 lbs strawberry or more
2 or 3 or 5 lb sugar

Basically boil the sugar water and pour on the fruit, 24 hrs later add the yeast, ferment for a week and then strain all the solids out.

Of course there is more to it than that but that is the basics.

Anyone have a recipe to share?

On Wed, 29 May 2013 00:46:05 +0000, anika200 wrote:

> Hey it is Strawberry season here in the US and I am about to make
> strawberry wine.
>
> Here is my recipe
>
> 1 gallon water 4 lbs strawberry or more 2 or 3 or 5 lb sugar
>
> Basically boil the sugar water and pour on the fruit, 24 hrs later add
> the yeast, ferment for a week and then strain all the solids out.
>
> Of course there is more to it than that but that is the basics.
>
> Anyone have a recipe to share?

Nice - we’ve done apricot wine in the past (and regular wine with
grapes), but it’s usually fermented too much by the time we’ve wrapped it
up.

The recipe is basically the same - though with grapes, we’ve used a press
to get the juice out. We’ve got 3 vines (and an apricot and fig tree),
so it’s all been from our own garden. Don’t know if we’re going to do it
again this year - one of the vines’ arbors is in need of serious repair
(it’s falling over), and we pruned it back very hard to get the weight
off it. Might not get a great yield this year (growing grapes in what is
essentially desert is interesting to say the least), but it has been
interesting doing this in the past. :slight_smile:

How many bottles (and what size) do you end up with when all is said and
done?

Jim


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I am finally running out of my last “batch” which I made two years ago. That batch was made from 3 gallons of fresh peaches sans the pits and produced about 5 gallons of good wine. I basically only used it to cook with but I did enjoy drinking it a few times, from what I remember.
That same year 2010, I also made 7 gallons of good wine from apple cider that I get from right down the street. The cider used for the wine was not boiled or whatever they are doing to the apple cider here now so it came out really nice.

I just keep my wine in 1 gallon jugs and use/drink it like that or I just draw off the 5 gallon carboy when I want some.

I would love to have some grapes around that I could try making wine from, You are lucky.

and we pruned it back very hard to get the weight
off it.

It is ok, you can prune if off 3 ft from the ground and it will be fine. Do not be scared to prune grape vines, they love it.

Did you ever make fig wine?

On Wed, 29 May 2013 01:46:02 +0000, anika200 wrote:

> I am finally running out of my last “batch” which I made two years ago.
> That batch was made from 3 gallons of fresh peaches sans the pits and
> produced about 5 gallons of good wine. I basically only used it to cook
> with but I did enjoy drinking it a few times, from what I remember. That
> same year 2010, I also made 7 gallons of good wine from apple cider that
> I get from right down the street. The cider used for the wine was not
> boiled or whatever they are doing to the apple cider here now so it came
> out really nice.

Nice. :slight_smile: Our supply of apricot ended up being used mostly for cooking
(as did the grape wine, at that - the alcohol content ended up being too
high to drink it straight), and it took us a couple years to use it all
up.

> I just keep my wine in 1 gallon jugs and use/drink it like that or I
> just draw off the 5 gallon carboy when I want some.

We hadn’t thought of storing it in the carbois - we had a corking machine
we borrowed from a friend to bottle it in wine bottles (we have a great
local brewing shop here in Salt Lake City, and I think that’s where we
got the bottles).

> I would love to have some grapes around that I could try making wine
> from, You are lucky.

Apart from the water requirements, it has been fun to have them. :slight_smile:

Jim


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On Wed, 29 May 2013 02:16:02 +0000, anika200 wrote:

>> and we pruned it back very hard to get the weight off it.
>
> It is ok, you can prune if off 3 ft from the ground and it will be fine.
> Do not be scared to prune grape vines, they love it.

Oh, yeah, I know we can prune them back quite hard. I worked with a guy
who has made wine for years, and I was always concerned about pruning the
vines back too hard, and he said not to worry about it, that they can
take it.

> Did you ever make fig wine?

We didn’t - the figs we end up with are usually very small. We really
need to get that bush pruned well, because it hasn’t done well the past
few years.

The previous homeowner was a Greek family, and they planted most of the
stuff (it was in their family for a long time, possibly since the house
was built in 1912), so all the vines and such have been here for quite a
while. :slight_smile: I think all of the family members who lived here have died
now, but there’s a local Greek market owned by a woman who grew up with
the sons who we ended up buying it from (one brother actually owned it;
the other was selling it as an estate sale, and then he died a few months
after we bought the place). She - the market owner - occasionally comes
by for figs herself. :slight_smile:

Jim

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Damson wine
It’s a drink of the gods !

On 05/29/2013 02:46 AM, anika200 wrote:
> Anyone have a recipe to share?

any kind of recipe, or just wine?

my wine recipe is pretty simple:

  • go into cellar
  • pick one (or more as needed)
  • open it
  • refresh cellar occasionally when the need arises


dd

lol!lol! I guess your meal recipe is:

  • go to restaurant
  • pick from menu
  • repeat as needed.

On 2013-05-29 09:49, dd wrote:
> On 05/29/2013 02:46 AM, anika200 wrote:
>> Anyone have a recipe to share?
>
> any kind of recipe, or just wine?
>
> my wine recipe is pretty simple:
> - go into cellar
> - pick one (or more as needed)
> - open it
> - refresh cellar occasionally when the need arises

ROTFL!

Now that’s funny, Spain is a wine country, but I have never met anyone
doing wine at home. Maybe because it is cheaper, it has lower taxes than
in countries of British heritage.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

On 2013-05-29 03:08, Jim Henderson wrote:
> Might not get a great yield this year (growing grapes in what is
> essentially desert is interesting to say the least), but it has been
> interesting doing this in the past. :slight_smile:

No wasps? :wink:


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

On Wed, 29 May 2013 15:13:08 +0000, Carlos E. R. wrote:

> On 2013-05-29 03:08, Jim Henderson wrote:
>> Might not get a great yield this year (growing grapes in what is
>> essentially desert is interesting to say the least), but it has been
>> interesting doing this in the past. :slight_smile:
>
> No wasps? :wink:

Oh, yes we do get our share of wasps and bees around here. Had to remove
a couple nests from the house, in fact.

Which is not something I enjoy (I hate bugs and spiders generally).

Jim


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On Wed, 29 May 2013 05:16:04 +0000, caf4926 wrote:

> Damson wine It’s a drink of the gods !

Hmmm, we have plum trees as well out front (I always forget about them).
Never thought to do wine with those.

Jim


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On 05/29/2013 05:13 PM, Carlos E. R. wrote:
> Maybe because it is cheaper, it has lower taxes than
> in countries of British heritage.

wine prices here are pretty low too…


dd

On 2013-05-29 17:52, Jim Henderson wrote:
> On Wed, 29 May 2013 15:13:08 +0000, Carlos E. R. wrote:

>> No wasps? :wink:
>
> Oh, yes we do get our share of wasps and bees around here. Had to remove
> a couple nests from the house, in fact.

They love wines, I believe.

> Which is not something I enjoy (I hate bugs and spiders generally).

I love some of them, if they are well behaved. Like not biting me or
spoiling my food :wink:

Spiders: good, the eat mosquitoes.
Cockroaches: bad.
Ants: good, outside; bad, inside.

I’m winning my war with the second lot (I use several of those
electronic gadgets that nobody really knows how they work), but with
ants I’m losing. I can’t find their hole, they are too few to follow.
This evening they got into my spare sugar bag, first year they do. My
sugar pot is in a castle surrounded by water. Even one of my medicines I
have to keep in a water bowl!

I had to spray the whole ground floor with ant’s insecticide. I’m sure
it is good for them (!), but I had to go out to breathe.

We have new types of ants and flies that I have never seen in this
country, and I can not kill… :-/

(except with my fingers, that is)


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

On Wed, 29 May 2013 23:53:06 +0000, Carlos E. R. wrote:

>> Oh, yes we do get our share of wasps and bees around here. Had to
>> remove a couple nests from the house, in fact.
>
> They love wines, I believe.

Well, anything sweet. But corked bottles of wine don’t draw their
attention, and we have a nice cool space downstairs for storage.

>> Which is not something I enjoy (I hate bugs and spiders generally).
>
> I love some of them, if they are well behaved. Like not biting me or
> spoiling my food :wink:
>
> Spiders: good, the eat mosquitoes.
> Cockroaches: bad.
> Ants: good, outside; bad, inside.

If I’m feeling generous, I’ll ask my wife to remove the offending bug
from the house. We’ve had an ongoing battle with small moths (they
ruined a lot of clothing here last year, as well as some stored yarn).
Bees goes back a long ways for me; I got trapped in the kitchen with a
bee when I was very young (not so young I don’t remember it happening),
so I don’t deal with them well.

Spiders I just don’t like indoors. Our neighbor has found a couple black
widows in their backyard, and I’m not great at identifying them.

> I’m winning my war with the second lot (I use several of those
> electronic gadgets that nobody really knows how they work), but with
> ants I’m losing. I can’t find their hole, they are too few to follow.
> This evening they got into my spare sugar bag, first year they do. My
> sugar pot is in a castle surrounded by water. Even one of my medicines I
> have to keep in a water bowl!
>
> I had to spray the whole ground floor with ant’s insecticide. I’m sure
> it is good for them (!), but I had to go out to breathe.

We have three cats, so insecticides are out for us unless they’re pet-
safe.

Jim


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Ginger Beer is easy to make. It’s a Summer staple here.

Our wine cellar has wine made with:

Apple
Bramble Tip
Damson
Elderflower
Fig
Gooseberry
Parsley
Potato
Tea

On Thu, 30 May 2013 03:26:06 +0000, caf4926 wrote:

> Ginger Beer is easy to make. It’s a Summer staple here.

We do ginger ale (non-alcoholic - ginger & lemon syrups + carbonated
water), but haven’t given thought to doing some ginger beer. Might have
to give that a try. :slight_smile:

> Our wine cellar has wine made with:
>
> Apple Bramble Tip Damson Elderflower Fig Gooseberry Parsley Potato Tea

Interesting mix. :slight_smile:

Jim


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Ginger Beer

2oz of fresh ginger bruised
2lb sugar
2 lemons, juiced and grated rinds
2 gallons water
yeast

pour boiling water on ginger and lemon
when luke warm add yeast
ferment for 36hrs
strain thru muslin
bottle in strong bottles and keep cool

ready to drink in 2 days

On Thu, 30 May 2013 06:06:01 +0000, caf4926 wrote:

> Ginger Beer
>
> 2oz of fresh ginger bruised 2lb sugar 2 lemons, juiced and grated rinds
> 2 gallons water yeast
>
> pour boiling water on ginger and lemon when luke warm add yeast ferment
> for 36hrs strain thru muslin bottle in strong bottles and keep cool
>
> ready to drink in 2 days

Awesome, I’m going to have to do that. Two days isn’t bad at all. :slight_smile:

Jim

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