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How to Make Wine without yeast

November 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Drink

While making wine is a long process, it is an enjoyable and delicious project that is well worth the effort. This article will tell you how to make wine without adding any yeast, one of the easiest and most delicious ways to make wine.

1. Step 1

Choose your fruit. Delicious wine can only be made from delicious fruit. Pick something that is fruity, juicy, and doesn’t have a lot of acid. For example, plums and grapes would make good wine, but bananas and apples wouldn’t (vinegar is basically wine made from apples). You will have to remove the seeds, so don’t pick something that is difficult to remove the seeds from. However, if the seeds are small and insignificant, such as in mulberries and raspberries, you can just leave them in.

2. Step 2

Gather your fruit. However much fruit you have, that is about how much wine you will end up with. For example, I picked one quart of mulberries and ended up with a little less than a quart of wine. Remove any seeds from the fruit if they are significant.

3. Step 3

Mash the fruit. In a large bowl, mash the fruit with a fork or similar utensil until you can’t mash it any further. Then, transfer the pulp into a glass jar or several jars. Do not use jars with small openings, as you will need to scrape off the top layer of pulp later. Quart size jars are a good size. Try to fill the jar or jars up to about 2-3 inches from the top. Use a small amount of distilled water to rinse the juices from the mashing bowl into the jar if desired.

4. Step 4

Cover the opening of the jar with several layers of plastic wrap. Then secure them by placing a rubber band around the opening. Make sure that the jar is air tight. DO NOT put a lid on the jar because the pressure inside the jar may change as the pulp ferments.

5. Step 5

Set the jar or jars in the sun and let them sit there for 1 week. After a week goes by, there should be a significant amount of mold on the top of the pulp. Remove the plastic wrap and, using a spoon, carefully scrape off ALL of the mold. Be sure to get it all, don’t leave ANY in the pulp or the jar. You will probably have to sacrifice some of your pulp in order to do this.

6. Step 6

Now you should have fermented pulp that is starting to smell like alcohol. Measure how much pulp you have. Add twice that amount of distilled water to the pulp so that you have a mixture of 1 part pulp to 2 parts water. Make sure you use distilled water. Stir it up.

7. Step 7

This is where the cheese cloth comes in. Strain the mix into another glass jar using the cheese cloth. After it has all filtered through, squeeze the cloth with the pulp in it to get any extra juice out of it, then throw away the dry pulp.

8. Step 8

Now to the liquid juice in the jar, add about 5 Tablespoons of sugar for every quart of liquid. Again, stir. The natural micro-organisms in the wine will turn the added sugar into alcohol. At this point, your wine is ready to further ferment. Cover your jar again with fresh plastic wrap and seal with the rubber band. Or, if you have one, you can put your wine into a wine bottle with a cork.

9. Step 9

Let the wine set in a dark, cool, place for about 3 weeks. Then, filter it through a coffee filter. Thoroughly rinse the jar it was in with hot water, and then return it to the jar. At this point you can taste a small amount of your wine. It probably won’t taste that good because it’s so fresh, but you want to be aware of how sweet it is. Add more sugar, if you desire, and return it to a dark, cool place. Do this every three weeks for about 2 months. Then let it set in it’s dark place for several months undisturbed.

10. Step 10

After the wine is about 5 months old, filter it again through a coffee filter, and rinse the jar. At this point your wine is ready to drink. Or, you can let it set longer, as older wine is always better than newer wine. But, because it’s still not completely “finished” in it’s ferment, you should filter it each time your retrieve it from it’s dark storing place. After about one year, you can probably stop filtering it. Enjoy your delicious homemade wine!

You can also purchase wine making kit so easy to make with instructional material, shipped directly to your door from amazon, multiple variety of wine to numerous to list here, below is just a couple of example.

Below is a couple of reviews from people that have purchased these kits:

I purchased this kit for my husband, who is an amateur wine maker. The instructions were easy to follow and the resulting wine is better than those we have purchased at local wineries. As it ages, we expect it to get even better.
I started this kit almost exactly 1 year ago. 8 weeks then into the bottle. I wasn’t crazy about it when I tried it a few months later, bottle shock most likely. We opened a bottle of this a few months ago and it was coming along nicely. We opened a bottle last night and still more improvement. I am very pleased and am going to do this again. I will say I checked SG and based on the range that was specified in the instructions, I chaptized with 2 cups of sugar according to my notes. Otherwise I followed the instructions.



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