other drinks, hard, summer
two 750mL wine bottles
1 gallon container or bottle
1 small saucepot
1 large pitcher
1 brewsy bag
Approximately 1 gallon of organic white grape juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/2 cup peeled and thinly sliced ginger
One 750 mL bottle brewsy white wine
2 1/2 quarts freshly-brewed iced tea
Candied ginger (optional)
For Your Wine
For Your Simple Syrup
For Your Cocktail
To Make Your Wine
Get your juice ready. If not fermenting in the store bought juice container, pour one gallon of white grape juice into your personal 1 gallon container.
Add your sugar. Use the sweetness calculator to determine how much sugar to add and juice to remove. we recommend a slightly sweeter wine for this recipe, but it’s up to your taste!
Removing juice is necessary to give the wine enough room to breathe without bubbling over while fermenting.
Once calculated, mix in appropriate amount of sugar and remove appropriate amount of grape juice for headroom.
Add brewsy bag. Then shake vigorously for 30 seconds to help wake up the yeast.
Put on the airlock. First, squeeze the rubber stopper into your gallon’s bottleneck, and then attach the plastic airlock. Fill the airlock with water, and then snap the hole-punched plastic part back on.
Put your wine in a warm, dark place. An attic, closet, or near your water heater are all good places. The ideal temperature is 75°F to 85°F. (The fermentation will take longer in cooler temperatures).
Now, fermentation is beginning. Fermentation will take approximately 5 days.
Tip: Once or twice a day, swirl your container to make sure the yeast make surface contact with all of the juice.
Wait 5 days, then taste-test. After 5 days, take a very small sip of your wine. Right now, the yeast haven’t been separated from your wine, so it won’t taste amazing just yet.
When you taste, taste primarily for sweetness. If it tastes dry enough for you, move on to the next step. If it still tastes too sweet, let it ferment for 3 more days, then repeat the taste-test.
Put your wine in the fridge. Take off the airlock and put the hole-punched cap on your gallon jug — or, simply use a loosened cap.
Tip — make sure you never fasten the cap of your gallon jug to prevent potentially explosive carbon dioxide buildup!
Wait two days while your wine is in the fridge.
During this time, the cold in your fridge is forcing the solids in your wine to the bottom of the container, making it easier for you to separate them in the next step.
Rack your wine. Slowly, pour your wine off of the sediment at the bottom into a different container.
Your goal is to remove as much of the sediment as possible, so try not to tip your jug back up until you’ve finished pouring.
Return your wine to the fridge with a loosened cap. Unlike store-bought wine, Brewsy doesn’t have any preservatives, so it needs to stay in the fridge with a loose cap unless it is properly prepared for room temperature storage.
If you’d like to bottle your wine for storage outside of the fridge, you can find out how to do that here.
Take a sip! Now, you can taste your wine! Cheers!
You may love it away, but you may find it tastes harsh or a bit off. Don’t worry! That's very normal with young alcohol. It will get better and better with time.
If it tastes bitter, you can quickly fix that by making a simple syrup.
To Make Your Simple Syrup
Add your water and sugar to a saucepan over medium heat.
Stir continuously until all sugar is dissolved.
Remove from the heat, then add the fresh ginger. let sit for about 10 minutes to steep.
Strain and let sit until completely cooled.
To Make Your Cocktail
Combine your tea and simple syrup, and put in the refrigerator to chill.
When ready to serve, fill your glass with ice.
Add 1 cup of tea and top off with 1/4 cup of brewsy white wine.
Garnish with candied ginger, if desired.
Enjoy! Share your ginger iced tea with our Brewsy communities, the First Pour Club and Club Brewsy.
And be sure to reach out to us with any questions. You can text us at the number we texted you from about your order, message us on Facebook, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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