Basic Dry Mead

Yield – Five Gallons Basic Dry Honey Mead First, prepare a yeast starter: 1 1/2 cups of orange juice at room temperature 3 teaspoons yeast nutrient 1 Packet Lalvin EC-1118 yeast Mix the juice and yeast nutrient – the pitch the yeast into the starter. Honey Mead Ingredients 14 lbs. honey 5 teaspoons acid blend…

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Basic Blueberry Wine Recipe

Ingredients for one gallon of wine: 2 1/2 pounds of blueberries (fresh or frozen) Use more for a heavier body wine. 4 1/2 cups of sugar 1 teaspoon Yeast Nutrient 1 1/2 teaspoons 1 teaspoon 1 . Wine making yeast Directions Crush the blueberries. I like to use a brand new pair of nylon stockings…

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Kiwi Melomel

First, to those who are not familiar with the term "melomel": A melomel is a fruit mead, made with honey similar to mead, but with the addition of fruit for a taste that is something different than mead. After some urging by friends, I decided to start a Kiwi Melomel, based on a recipe in…

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Potato Wine Recipe

A few years ago, I was walking past a used book store in town, and in the window was a copy of Step By Step Guide to Making Home Made Wine by Judith Irwin. The cost of the 156 page hardcover book was only $14.99, and the book appeared to be brand new. Today, I…

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Already Make Wine? Why Not Try Meads Too

In some folklore, it is said that when a couple were married, they were sent away together for a month along with copious amounts of mead – a fermented beverage made with honey. From that, we have the word "honeymoon" today. Although honeymoons are very popular with newlyweds, today mead is not drunk as often…

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Basic Blueberry Wine Recipe

Ingredients for one gallon of wine: 2 1/2 pounds of blueberries (fresh or frozen) Use more for a heavier body wine. 4 1/2 cups of sugar 1 teaspoon Yeast Nutrient 1 1/2 teaspoons acid blend 1 teaspoon pectic enzyme 1 Campden tablet. Wine making yeast Directions Crush the blueberries. I like to use a brand…

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Applejack – Or Apple Melomel Recipe

Many might remember the song by Dolly Parton with the lyrics: “He lived by the apple orchard in this little orchard shack His real name was Jackson Taylor but I called him Apple Jack” Well, Applejack is actually a melomel made with honey and of course, apples and probably has ancient roots in Europe. If…

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Ginger Wine Recipe

This is an adaptation from a recipe found at Roxanne’s Kitchen. Please note that I used ingredients for 2 gallons of wine as I want to end up with 1 gallon of dry and 1 gallon of sweet wine. Date Started: August 22, 2005 Ingredients for ginger wine : 2 cups chopped fresh ginger root.…

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Red Currant Wine Recipe

When I was younger, my grandfather had red and black currant bushes. He would get so many currants, that not only was there enough for preserves and jams to last until the following year, there were always quarts and quarts of berries that would go to the birds, or just rot. If he was into…

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Blackberry Wine Recipe

A recipe I am using to make 2 gallons of blackberry wine: 8 lbs. frozen blackberries 16 cups sugar (enough to bring specif gravity to 1.092) 2 teaspoon yeast nutrient 2 teaspoon acid blend 2 teaspoon pectin enzyme DV10 Yeast Crush the berries in food grade pail. Dissolve sugar in 1 gallon boiling water and…

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Black Currant Wine

I’ve tasted some excellent homemade black currant wines, but that was before I began my hobby of home winemaking. Unfortunately, I’m no longer in touch with the black currant home winemaker so after purchasing about 8lbs. of frozen black currants, I had to do a bit of research and experiment. A couple of recipes I…

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Gooseberry Wine Recipe

Goosberries have always been a favorite fruit of mine – my parents had gooseberry bushes in the backyard when I was young, and I used to love picking them and eating them right from the vine. When I was a teenager, I worked on a farm which had loads of gooseberry bushes growing, and one…

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Parsnip Wine Recipe

“…held it beneath his nose, and looked once again at the label before taking a timid sip… “I think I’m in love.”” ~ Making Wild Wines & Meads I love parsnips. My father used to buy them and cook them with stews and other dishes – they were a vegetable he ate a lot of…

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Garlic Wine Recipe

Not all fermented products are made for sipping and leisurely enjoying over dinner or beside a fireplace in the company of good friends. Some fermented products make excellent cooking ingredients, so that the Chateau-Neuf-de-Pape is even more enjoyable while eating dinner with friends Although I don’t like cooking on a daily basis, I do enjoy…

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Kiwi Melomel

First, to those who are not familiar with the term “melomel“: A melomel is a fruit mead, made with honey similar to mead, but with the addition of fruit for a taste that is something different than mead. After some urging by friends, I decided to start a Kiwi Melomel, based on a recipe in…

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