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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Cranberry Wine

cranberry wine home-made


We brew beer quite often, usually standard recipes for porters and stouts and some fruity wheat beers, but, every once in a while we make cider and wines.

This Cranberry Wine recipe is from First Steps in Winemaking by C.J.J.Berry. It turned out quite fine, not too sweet, not too syrup-y, just a bold cranberry flavor and enough fermentation to make it taste like wine, or, perhaps more like cider.

We have a couple of 5-gallon glass carboys, gallon jars, airlock, large strainers, funnels and large pots we use for brewing beer. If you are planning to try out this recipe for the first time, a few equipment are needed as listed below.

cranberry wine home-madeIngredients
3 lbs fresh cranberries
2¼ lb sugar
1 Tbsp citric acid
1 gallon water
1 pkt Red Star® Côtes du Rhône yeast

Other eqipments: 2 gallon bucket, 1 gallon jar, fermentation air-lock, strainer

Preparation
  1. Boil half the water and pour over the cranberries, stir in the sugar, and allow to cool
  2. Add the remaining water cold, citric acid and yeast, cover and ferment on the pulp for 4 or 5 days
  3. Strain into a jar and fit the air-lock and let it sit for 5 to 6 weeks
  4. Strain and pour into a bottle for convenient serving
  5. Enjoy!

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