|This wine is beautiful!|
*This recipe is for one gallon of wine*
O.G. - 1.106
|Bella Organic U-Pick Farm|
- ~4 lbs. of strawberries (half Seascape and half Totem)
- 1 ½ lbs. of honey (I used local, raw carrot honey as it has a wonderfully floral aroma and flavor).
- 1 ½ lbs. white sugar
- 1 package Lalvin 71B-1122 wine yeast
- ½ tsp. grape tannin
- 1 tsp. yeast nutrient
- 1 tsp. acid blend
- 1 tsp. pectic enzyme
- 1 Campden tablet
|Freshly picked strawberries! Yum!|
- Wash and hull the strawberries.
- Slice the strawberries into small pieces
- Bring about 4 cups of water to a boil, then remove from heat. Add honey to the hot water, stirring constantly until the honey is dissolved.
- Add the sugar to the hot water/honey mixture. Stir until completely dissolved.
- Allow sugar/honey/water mixture to cool to around 100*F, or cooler. Add the grape tannin, yeast nutrient, acid blend, and pectic enzyme. Still until dissolved (note: sometimes the tannin clumps a little bit. This is okay; just try to get it as dissolved as much as possible).
- Place strawberries in a mesh bag and place bag in primary fermentation bucket. You don't have to use a mesh bag, but I find it makes it much easier to remove the fruit when racking to your secondary fermenter.
- Pour cooled sugar/honey/water mixture over strawberries.
- Crush the Campden tablet and add to the mixture. Stir.
- Add enough water to the fermenter to make one gallon.
- Cover the fermenter bucket tightly and let it sit for 24 hours. During this time, stir the mixture around 3 times, at intervals, with a sanitized spoon.
- Hydrate the yeast in 2-3 oz. of 104-109*F water, let it sit for about 25 minutes. Add to the must.
- Let ferment for 7-14 days, depending on how fast your fermentation is. Be sure to not open the lid ad rack the wine until the airlock bubbles only about once a minute!
- Once fermentation has slowed, siphon the wine into a 1-gallon (3.8 L) air-locked fermentation vessel. If needed, top off with preservative-free apple or orange juice concentrate (you can also use boiled, and then cooled, sugar water that is the same gravity as the wine). Let ferment for 2 months. *** If you see that the fruit has molded, don't worry - your wine has not spoiled! Just make sure to not stir the mold into the must when you are siphoning the wine into your next fermentation vessel.
- Rack the wine off of the sediment into another 1-gallon air-locked fermentation vessel. Continue to rack as needed to clear the wine. If you used raw honey, the wine may never completely clear. If this is the case, just continue to rack until no sediment appears at the bottom of your fermentation vessel after 3 months of sitting there.
- Stabilize, bottle, and then cellar the wine. Wait for at least six months before trying your wine.
|The strawberries are|
washed and hulled
|Chop the strawberries into|
|The strawberries are in the mesh bag|
and the honey/water/sugar mixture
is added to the bucket
|The must is all prepared and|
ready to go! Now we wait 7-14 days!