Grape Wine Recipe

With a little bit of effort, making grape wine can be an excellent way of using up your red or white grapes to make a natural, crisp grape wine.

Required Equipment / Ingredients to Make One Gallon of Grape Wine

We sell everything that you require to make grape wine - except for the grapes that is!

British grapes are generally low in sugar and high in acid so should be left on the vine for the maximum sugar levels to be achieved.

Making the White Grape Wine

  1. white grapesPick the grapes, remove from stalks and place in a sterilised food grade quality brew bin.
  2. If the grapes are ripe they will crush easily by hand.
  3. Add the pectolase and 1 crushed campden tablet, stir well and cover fruit with an upturned plate, then lightly place the lid on the brew bin and leave for 24 hours.
  4. Press the grapes or strain through a strong nylon straining bag, squeezing the bag to extract all the juice.
  5. Take an S.G. reading of the juice with a hydrometer and adjust with sugar syrup to 1080.
  6. Pour into a demi john and add the yeast and yeast nutrient, fit the airlock and bung.
  7. Leave in a warm place and when the fermentation stops, about 10-14 days, siphon the clearing wine from the sediment into a clean, sterilised demi john, refit airlock and move to a cool place.
  8. After 2 days, siphon again and add half a teaspoon of potassium sorbate and 2 crushed campdens.
  9. Mature for 12 months then, siphon off, remove the ‘fizz’  by expelling and bottle.

Making the Red Grape Wine

  1. red grapesPick the grapes, remove from stalks and place in a sterilised food grade quality brew bin.
  2. If the grapes are ripe they will crush easily by hand.
  3. Add the pectolase and 1 crushed campden tablet, stir well and cover fruit with an upturned plate, then lightly place the lid on the brew bin and leave for 24 hours.
  4. Press the grapes or strain through a strong nylon straining bag, squeezing the bag to extract all the juice.
  5. Take an S.G. reading of the juice with a hydrometer and adjust with sugar syrup to 1090.
  6. Add the yeast and yeast nutrient.
  7. Ferment on the fruit for 7 days, keeping the fruit submerged with the plate and the brew bin lid lightly fitted.
  8. Break up the fruit cap 2 or 3 times daily.
  9. Strain and pour into a demi john, fitting an airlock.
  10. Finish as for white wine, but allow up to 18 months to mature.

Remember to sterilise all of your equipment to ensure that bacteria does not spoil your homebrew grape wine!

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