Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Homemade Blackberry Wine, Part I

Sweet homemade blackberry wine...it's that time of year again! Andy is a hobby wine-maker. He doesn't even drink it, but knows my Momma and others love to. Typically we start the year off with 3-5 gallons of cherry wine. Unfortunately, the late freeze killed our cherry crop. That was a huge tragedy for me as cherry wine is my favorite! When we married last year, after 9 years of thinking about it, nobody drank the store-bought wine (and no it wasn't in a box) after a sip of the homemade wine. Wine making takes effort, an investment and patience, but it's worth it! 

We got our fruit from Mr. Rose's vineyard and he let us know muscadines will be ready before too long. When Dale and Amanda got married last year (it was a really busy year for our family) Andy and I bottled sweet muscadine wine with custom labels as a gift for all the rehearsal dinner guests. That went over very well.

Wash and pick through berries. To make 5 gallons of wine, we used almost 3 gallons  of fruit. 1 gallon of fruit will yield close to 2 quarts of crushed fruit. Since blackberries are very plentiful on a good year, I crush berries until I yield 5 quarts.

Crush fruit in food processor by pulsing.


Measure out 5 quarts of crushed fruit. We found these handy containers at a local restaurant supply store and they are perfect for wine making!

Add 15 pounds of sugar to a clean 5 gallon bucket. Pour in about 2 gallons of water. Stir well until sugar starts to dissolve. Line bucket with a white pillow case.

Pour berries into pillow case Sprinkle 1 pack of yeast on top of fruit. Do not stir the first day!

Using a wire tie, tie off the pillowcase.
Cover the bucket with a cloth and close off with a wire to keep gnats out.
For the next five days, stir juices once a day with a wooden spoon.

I wish y'all could smell how good this fruit smells! Come back next week and I'll show you the next steps!


17 comments:

  1. When you say 1 packet of yeast, I am assuming you mean a wine yeast. Do you have a preferred type?

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  2. When we buy yeast specifically for wine-making, we order it from here: http://allseasonsnashville.com/product-category/home-brewing/wine-ingredients/wine-yeast/ or drive up there and pick out a few varieties for red and light wines.
    However, Andy has used 1 pack of Fleischmann's yeast countless times and I personally cannot tell the difference. Thank you for checking out my blog!

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    1. Thank you! So far I've made a very simple grape wine (several years ago, and cannot find the recipe I used), and 2 years ago made dandelion wine (it is POTENT stuff now!) and serviceberry wine. It's been fun! Blackberries are my favorite berry, and I prefer sweet wine. My daughter is likely to get married in a year or so, and I'd love to have some homemade wine for the wedding celebration. Now I just need to make a trip later this year to where the blackberries grow and get me a bunch! :)

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  3. My favorite wine is the cherry wine. When my son got married, we made gift bags for everyone who attended the rehearsal dinner. Inside we included a jelly jar of our homemade barbecue sauce and a small bottle of muscadine wine. I fixed a cute label and everyone loved them.I found the bottles online. They were screw tops and reasonably priced. From somewhere in Seattle??

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  4. what temp is best for fermenting the wine?

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  5. Danny L, we normally do this in our house which is typically 70 degrees and have had good results. At other times, we let the jugs process in a block building and that temp hovers around 75-80 degrees. It seems like this performs even better. Thank you for visiting Man That Stuff Is Good.

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    1. do you transfer it to the glass bottle the fifth day after stirring or the sixth day and if its the sixth day stir first?

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    2. never mind. I read it again and saw where its the fifth day. Thanks for the recipe and the reply!

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  6. No worries! Feel free to ask any questions. We will do our best to answer. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out. The blackberries are looking fabulous this year! :-)

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    1. yes they are! We found a honey hole of blackberries here in NE Georgia this year!

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  7. how and what do you bottle it in?

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  8. A friend saves their 1/2 gallon screw top wine bottles for us. We clean and reuse them.

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  9. What temperature is the water when you pour it over the sugar berry mixture?

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    1. Water faucet temperature is what we use. Thanks! Denise

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    2. Water faucet temperature is what we use. Thanks! Denise

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  10. Is it normal for it to foam up when you stir it. It almost overflows the 5 gallon bucket when I stir it.

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    1. We have had it to foam up also but not enough to overflow it. We do not fill up the bucket all the way with water and I'm assuming you aren't also. I'm not sure why that happens sometimes and other times it doesn't.

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