Easy Raspberry Wine Recipe
fruit wines, easy, summer
about 1 gallon
This homemade raspberry wine recipe produces a wine that is full of flavor! It's sweet but tart, and super refreshing on a summer evening and you just need 3 lbs of frozen strawberries, sugar and a brewsy bag
1 Gallon Container
1 Large Pot or Blender
fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth
1 Brewsy Bag
3 to 4 pounds of raspberries (or approximately 1 gallon of store-bought raspberry juice)
3 cups water (or more, if needed)
Approximately 3 cups of granulated sugar (If using berries, amount varies based upon how sweet you want it)
Thaw your raspberries. Then, put them in a large pot.
If your raspberries weren't frozen, we recommend freezing them first and then thawing them. The ice crystals help break down the cell walls in your fruit — and this will make your wine much more flavorful.
Add 3 cups of water to the pot.
Choose how sweet you'd like your final raspberry wine to be.
If you'd like it extra sweet, add 3.5 cups of sugar.
For sweet, add 3.25 cups of sugar.
For semi-dry, add 3 cups of sugar.
And for dry, add 2.75 cups of sugar.
Let the mixture simmer for 15 minutes on the stove, until the raspberries and sugar turn into liquid.
Let the mixture cool until it reaches slightly above room temperature.
Strain the raspberry mash with a cheesecloth or other filter. Try to remove most of the pulp and skin.
Add the mixture to your gallon jug. Be sure there is at least 3 inches of space for headroom at the top of the container. (Make space for all the foaming and bubbling!)
Add one full Brewsy bag.Then shake vigorously for at least 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.
You can remove the airlock and set the original cap on top of your drink. Be sure not to tighten the cap!
Rack your wine. Slowly, pour your wine off of the sediment at the bottom into a new 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. Keep your jug still, so the sediment doesn't mix in with the rest of your wine.
Take a sip! Now, you can taste your wine! Cheers!
You may love it right 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.
Age your wine. The character of your wine will change significantly as it ages.
Harsh tastes or off-flavors will dissipate, and your wine will taste smoother and more flavorful. Raspberries take longer to mellow out than other fruits, due to their naturally tannic properties.
Age your wine for at least 3 weeks, racking it about once every 5-7 days (or whenever a lot of sediment has built up at the bottom of your jug).
Enjoy! Share your wine with our Brewsy communities, the First Pour Club and Club Brewsy.
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