Country Wine Recipe – General

Make certain all equipment is thoroughly cleaned and sterilized.

Remember, the ingredients given above are for a one gallon batch of the country wine recipe. For larger volumes increase all of the ingredients proportionally, except the yeast. As a guideline, we have included the amounts for a batch of 23 liters in brackets of the country wine recipe.
Use only undamaged ripe fruit or berries. For better juice extraction from the fruit or berry, freeze them for a couple of months prior to crushing.

Country Wine Recipe – General
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This country wine recipe instructions is for a 1 gallon (4 liter) batch of a country wine (for a 23 liter batch, use the amounts in brackets)
Servings
4 liters
Servings
4 liters
Country Wine Recipe – General
Print Recipe
This country wine recipe instructions is for a 1 gallon (4 liter) batch of a country wine (for a 23 liter batch, use the amounts in brackets)
Servings
4 liters
Servings
4 liters
Ingredients
  • 1 tsp Bentonite (3 tsp)
  • 3 lbs Fruit (15-18 lbs)
  • 2 lbs Table Sugar (8 – 10 lbs) Adjust to suit the alcohol level desired
  • 1/2 tsp Pectic Enzyme (3 tsp)
  • 2 Campden Tablets (4 crushed + 1 at degassing)
  • 1/2 tsp Yeast Energizer (3 tsp)
  • 4 liquid ounces Brew Craft Grape Concentrate [optional] (16 liquid ounces)
  • 1/2 lbs Raisins [optional] (2 lbs)
  • 1 package Yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Tannin (1 1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Yeast Nutrient (3 tsp)
  • 1/8 tsp Ascorbic Acid (1/2 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp Potassium Sorbate (2 1/2 tsp)
Servings: liters
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly wash all berries and crush or cut them into a bowl.
  2. Pour the crushed or cut berries into a nylon straining bag in the primary fermenter.
  3. Chop-up raisins, if used, and put them into a nylon straining bag.
  4. Fill the fermenter to your desired volume with hot (not boiling) water. Make certain that you allow for the volume of the berries that will be removed later. Depending on the fruit or berries used, you may have to use two primary fermentors. If this is the case, simply share all ingredients in two primaries and use a package of yeast in each, at the proper time.
  5. Check and adjust the acid level as required.
  6. Add all other ingredients, except yeast, ascorbic acid and Potassium Sorbate, and stir well.
  7. Using your hydrometer adjust the specific gravity to the alcohol level you want to achieve by adding sugar or water.
  8. Let stand, under air-lock, for 24 hours.
After this time, stir and add the yeast. You may rehydrate the yeast following the instructions on the yeast packet, if desired. This is not required but will help the fermentation start sooner.
  1. Stir daily until a specific gravity of 1.020 is reached. At this time, remove the pulp and strain all juice from the nylon straining bag.
  2. Syphon the wine into a clean and sterilized carboy, top-up and insert the air lock.
  3. Allow the country wine recipe to ferment to a specific gravity of approximately 0.995.
Siphon again into another clean and sterilized Carboy.
  1. Add one crushed campden tablet (or one eighth teaspoon of metabisulphite) and Potassium Sorbate.
  2. Stir the wine to remove any excess gas.
Recipe Notes

If you prefer a sweeter wine, prior to bottling this country wine recipe, you may add a Brew Craft Wine Conditioner. For a smoother wine, we recommend Brew Craft Wine EZ. Try a couple batches of this country wine recipe with different fruits mixed in to create your own unique flavor. Adding the fruit or berries at different stages will give different flavor profiles in the end product of your country wine recipe. Surprise yourself with your very own special “family wine” by following and modifying our country wine recipe and making it yours. Feel free to share your experience with this recipe and the adjustments that you have made in the comments below.

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Adjust the amount of sugar in this country wine recipe to achieve the alcohol level that you want.  to help with this, you can use a hydrometer to test the specific gravity (SG) of the must/wine. I find it helps to record the hydrometer’s SG reading at each stage so that you get a feel for how the country wine is progressing.

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