How many wine makers do we have here?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by mjdtexan, May 4, 2009.

  1. Totalcolour

    Totalcolour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Adult slushies - I love it. got to get me one of those Kitchen Aid ice cream thingies. I have an UN-BIRTHDAY coming up [​IMG]
  2. Jenlyn9483

    Jenlyn9483 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    OK so I have been following this thread for like 3 years now. I bought a 1 gallon wine kit last year for cherry wine. how ever I have yet to put it all together. I know i'm making it out to be harder than it is but i;m not all to confident about it. I read on here that HarCider is easier and was wondering if I should practice on that. If so- Can i juice the apples with an electric juicer and B- does anyone have a simple recipe for a beginer?
  3. Totalcolour

    Totalcolour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Cider can be a disappointment because it takes several kinds of apples to make a "balanced" drink. If you want to try something simple, then you might want to try orange. It doesn't require any additional acid like some fruits, and the end result is pretty nice. We have a five gallon carboy of it right now (only half left though[​IMG]).

    Use 3 lbs of oranges for one gallon. Use the grated zest from one or 2 of them, and the juice from all of them (I have a citrus juicer). Add about 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 lbs of sugar (dissolve thoroughly), top up to one gallon with water. Add yeast and an airlock. Should start to ferment in 24 hours.

    It will end in about 2 weeks, then you wait until it drops out (cloudiness goes away). The nice thing about orange, it clears well and is drinkable very soon. It's also cheap, so if you screw up it's not a big loss. Plus, the resulting wine is very pleasant (mine is a tiny bit sweet, and I add Perrier to it to make a very nice "sparkler).

    Good luck. (You can try apples, but getting the juice out and preventing it from browning can be rather difficult).
  4. wekiva bird

    wekiva bird Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2010
    South Carolina
    Can you make Fig Wine?
  5. Jenlyn9483

    Jenlyn9483 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    Ok since i have never made wine before I'm going to repeat back what I understand to do

    juice 3lbs of oranges and zest 2
    Dissolve 1-1/2 lbs of sugar in 1 gallon of Water

    Add juice and zest, sugar water and wine yeast to carboy and place airlock-
    let ferment for 2 weeks then just wait til it clears... Then what?
  6. Totalcolour

    Totalcolour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not quite - add 1 1/2 - 1 3/4 lbs sugar to orange juice, then add water to 1 gallon! (Otherwise, if you add sugar to a gallon of water and THEN add the o.j. you will have more than a gallon. ) Since sugar takes up some room too, you need to add the sugar first, then top everything up.

    THEN you can start drinking it. or you can let it age a bit ( a couple of months won't hurt it). If you start to drink it early, you will probably find it has a slightly yeasty flavour, which tends to go away in time.

    This, BTW is the simple version.
  7. Totalcolour

    Totalcolour Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have made fig wine - it's very nice, but has a slightly earthy flavour that some people might not like. The one I made was a dark rose.

    Figs, being low in acid need it added. If you have an acid titration kit it's not hard to do, but if you are not familiar with it, you might need to get a book on homemade wine.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2012
  8. Jenlyn9483

    Jenlyn9483 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    ah! This seems to easy. im going to try it. Thanks!
  9. gramakoko

    gramakoko Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 13, 2010
    Great info, got all of it laying around the farm. This was my next endeavor....My persimmon tree here in the northwest is a Fuyu. Looks like this. I took this picture off of the internet, mine aren't ripe yet....I am really enjoying this thread.....thanks to ya'll.....

  10. Totalcolour

    Totalcolour Chillin' With My Peeps

    Persimmon wine is truly delightful. Very light and delicate. I wish I had more - the last fruits were given to me by a friend.
    Hope you get to try it.

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