Thursday, July 5, 2012

Homemade Blackberry Wine Part II

For five days, Andy went out to the building to "stir the wine."

He'd lift up the pillowcase full of crushed fruit and stir the juices real well. (I wish y'all could smell the fruitiness of the blackberries!)
After a good stir, he'd drop the fruit back into the juice/water and repeat this step for five days.

On the fifth day, Andy squeezed out all the juices. We used to have a little contraption he made that helped with this process but there's really no easy way to do it. It's sticky and messy no matter what you do.

Can you believe this ball of crushed fruit started as three gallons of blackberries?

Pour the mixture into a 5 gallon jug (carboy). Fill to the top line with water.

Add water to the marked line of the airlock. This keeps bugs out and releases the built up pressure. I can't wait to go out in the morning and watch the big air bubbles come up and rattle the top! Bloop!

Home, sweet home for the next 6-8 weeks! Once it stops "bubbling" it's ready to bottle.


  1. so you don't need the Camden or any of the other stuff the store sell you. just juice from fruit, sugar and yeast and of course time... ? How long does the wine keep and how many bottle does this make?

  2. We make it just like recipe says. We have a bottle from 2011 that still is good. Depends on what size bottles you pour it up in. It makes slightly less than 5 gallons. If you pour it up in 1/2 gallon bottles, you will have nine 1/2 gallon bottles. You will lose on average 1/2 gallon.

  3. Does this method only work for blackberries or other fruits as well?

  4. Refer to Muscadine and cherry instructions for those fruits. We have three gallons of red raspberry wine we are testing with these instructions. I'll let you know the results this fall. But so far, so good!

  5. I have already juiced my berries, can I make this just using the juice ?

    1. Yes, you can. I'm not sure how much juice you would need per gallon. Andy has used 10 big cans of frozen concentrate to make 5 gallons of wine. Maybe that will help you figure that out. I would test a small batch first.

    2. I never read how much yeast or what type to use

    3. Please go to part 1 below. We use one pack of regular yeast.