Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Strawberry wine

Remove the stems and leaves and cut the strawberries into pieces. Strawberries are very fruity and acidic, so water and sugar are added to the berry pulp prior to fermentation to reduce the acidity to about 0.8% and increase the sweetness.

Dissolve the yeast in 100°F water (use 1 gram of yeast for every 1 gallon of liquid), and add it to the fruit-sugar-water mixture. Add the yeast to the mixture within thirty minutes of dissolving so a food source is available to the yeast.

Fermentation should occur at 70°F for about three to four days. After three days, strain the mixture through cheesecloth and place it into a 5-gallon glass jug fitted with a fermentation bubbler. After another five to ten days, the wine will have reached an alcohol content of about 10%. When the wine reaches the desired alcohol and residual sugar content, stop the fermentation by placing the wine mixture in a cold room (30°F) or filtering it. When fermentation has nearly stopped, rack wine in clean fermentor; add one crushed Campden tablet, replace lock and let stand a month to clear.

Strawberry wine can be allowed to ferment until the alcohol content reaches about 17%. However, wine with such a high alcohol is rather harsh and will require a significant amount of sugar to balance the alcohol. Stopping the fermentation process at 9 to 10% is recommended.

Extra notes
*During the wine making process, it is very important to keep fermentation temperatures stable between 70-75 degrees F. Getting the fermentation too cool could result in the fermentation stopping before all the alcohol is made.

*When fermentation is complete, making sure it is done fermenting by checking it with a hydrometer; it should have finished down to 1.000 or lower.
Strawberry wine
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