Strawberry Wine Recipe
Strawberry wine is a wonderful refreshing sweet wine. It's a great drink for a garden party and the perfect accompaniment for a bowl of mouthwatering strawberries.
Strawberries like apples, grapes and pears can be turned into alcohol if allowed to ferment. The Germans have successfully produced a strawberry wine known as 'Kellercup'.
You could try your hand at making your own strawberry wine as its very simple to make.
All you need to make 6 bottles of homemade strawberry wine are as followings:
- Fruit Crusher or Pulpmaster or a heavy chunk of wood!
- Fruit press
- Food grade plastic bin
- Campden tablet
- Lalvin EC1118
- 3lb fresh strawberries
- 2lb granulated sugar
- 1 gallon water
- Juice of 1 lemon
What type of strawberries should be used?
Ideally you want to use whole strawberries as they bring out a fuller flavour to the wine. Ensure you use good quality strawberries, avoiding those which are over ripe or spoiled as they will effect the overall quality of the wine produced.
How to make Homemade Strawberry Wine
- Sterilise all equipment before use.
- Place the strawberries in a primary fermenter such as a bucket and crush them with either a potato masher, wooden spoon or your hands.
- Cover the crushed fruit with the boiling water.
- Add the sugar, nutrients, citric acid and lemon juice to the bucket.
- Stir the mixture until all the sugar has dissolved.
- Lightly cover the bucket and allow to cool to room temperature (this may take a day).
- Stir the mixture daily for the next five days.
- Strain the fruit off and discard.
- Transfer the remaining liquid to a secondary fermenter such as a clean demijohn.
- If necessary top up using cold water to one gallon.
- Fix the demijohn with an airlock and allow to ferment.
- Rack after 30 days and again after an additional 30 days.
- Bottle the wine once clear.
- Allow to age for 6 months.
- For better results wait 1 year.
Remember to sterilise all of your equipment to ensure that bacteria does not spoil your homebrew cider!