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Looking for something to do with those few extra pounds of strawberries at the end of summer? Why not capture summer 2018 in a bottle by learning how to make strawberry wine? It’s sweet, it’s refreshing, and you don’t need much to make it if you already have the equipment and supplies.
If you haven’t made wine before, don’t worry. Inside of this post is everything you need to make a yummy strawberry wine that you can enjoy in about a month!
Equipment Needed to Brew Wine
There are quite a few pieces of equipment that you need to have before you start any brewing project. None of them are super expensive, but added together, these items will be somewhat of an investment.
The good news is that these are mostly one-time purchases (with the exception of the consumable ingredients and supplies), and you will be able to use them again and again for years. This equipment will even cross over into other brewing projects that you may want to try in the future.
Recipe for How to Make Strawberry Wine
Learning how to make strawberry wine is pretty simple as soon you as you get the steps down. The more you make it, the easier it gets because you begin to learn to recognize what the brew looks like in its various stages.
12-16 cups of water
4 lbs of fresh strawberries, the sweeter the better
4.5 cups/2 lbs granulated sugar
2 campden tablets
1 packet dry wine yeast
1 tsp. yeast nutrient
2 tsp. acid blend
1/2 tsp. pectic enzyme
1/4 tsp. tannin
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- Heat water on stove in stock pot until simmering. While you are waiting for that, fill up a large container (or a clean sink) and sanitize all of your tools per the directions on the StarSan label.
- When water is simmering, add sugar and allow it to dissolve. Pour sugar water into the fermentation bucket. Add coarsely chopped fruit to mesh bag, secure it closed with the zipper, or if there is no zipper, you can tie it. Submerge the bag into the sugar water. Mash the fruit with a potato masher to extract as much of the fruit juice as possible. Stir around a bit to mix everything together well.
- Measure the original gravity of your mash/liquid mixture with the sterilized hydrometer. (You’re looking for somewhere around 1.090.) Crush one of your two campden tablets and stir it in with a long-handled spoon. Put lid on top tightly. Add water up to the line on the airlock, then fit your airlock into the hole in the top of the lid. Wait 24 hours while fruit is sterilized.
- After 24 hours, add a packet of yeast and stir vigorously with a sterilized long-handled spoon along with the yeast nutrient, tannin, acid blend, and pectic enzyme. You are looking for the new ingredients to be mixed in well, and at the same time you are aerating the brew.
- Secure the lid back onto the bucket, and add the freshly sanitized airlock back into the lid. In a few hours, you should see some bubbling activity in the airlock. This means it’s brewing! Allow it to brew for a week.
- After a week has passed, remove the mesh bag and (with very clean hands) squeeze out as much of the juice as you can from the fruit. Discard the fruit (or put it on your compost pile) and wash the mesh bag . Return lid and airlock to the fermentation bucket and allow to sit for 30 days.
- After 30 days, siphon the brew into a large, sterilized glass container (I use a 2 gallon glass jar ) to sit while you wash your bucket. When siphoning, do your best not to disturb the sediment on the bottom of the bucket. This will be dumped out of the bucket, as it is not wanted in your brew. Return your brew to the bucket, replace the lid and airlock (refill airlock if needed).
- If you want to save a little time, you can siphon the brew directly into a glass gallon jug (this link is to one that comes with a stopper and airlock ) and allow it to brew right in the jug.
- After 30 days, siphon the brew again, dumping the sediment and washing and sanitizing the bucket. Return the brew to the bucket, replacing the lid and airlock .
- After 30 more days, if there is no more sediment left in the wine, you can bottle it in your beer bottles or mason jars. Label and put on the shelf for future enjoyment.
Now that you have learned how to make strawberry wine, you are ready to tackle some other brewing projects!