September 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm #255710
I was going through my books from England, checking out wines and cordials, and of course checking the internet and came across these notes on a workshop “Making Country Wines” held by the Eltham and District Winemakes Guild.
On page 15 of these interesting notes are links to some great sights. This one is full of recipes(in their words more than you can poke a stick at) and lots of information.
Most things are available at the local Brewshop but on checking there are many online shops for your needs.
So while I read on about parsley wine, and potato wine which the writer claims to have quite a kick,honey beer with hops, and lavender liqueur, made with a bottle of brandy I will leave with you this easy Herb wine. 🙂
Herb and Dried Flower Petal Wine.
2 ounces of dried herbs of flower petals
1 quart of water
1 pound minced sultanas or other light raisins, or juice of 3 1/2 – 4 pounds grapes
1tspn citric acid
1 tspn tannin (1 tablespoon very strong tea)
1 campden tablet ….optional
1 pkge(5 – 7 grams) wine yeast
1 1/2 cups tepid orange juice
2 1/4 pounds granulated sugar for dry wines 2 3/4 for sweet.
Place herbs in enamel or glass saucepan with water, bring to boil and simmer 20 mins.
Transfer to a 2 gallon plastic container and add the raisins,citric acid,tannin. Allow to cool. Add Campden tablet if desired Sit and cover for 24 hrs.
Combine yeast and yeast nutrient with orange juice. Cover and shake vigourously, let stand until bubbly (1 -3hr) Add to the mixture.
Loosely cover pulp, and allow to ferment for 3 days. Rack the liquid into a 1 gallon fermentation vessel that can be fitted with an airlock. Add the desired amount of sugar and water to make 1 gallon. Fit the airlock and let the wine ferment to completion for 3 – 4 weeks.
Bottle,cork and cellar the wine.
Note: just make sure you use edible flowers so you dont poison everyone. :sick:
I have both metric and imperial measures so I didnt translate this recipe.
If you try this let us know.September 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm #507924
Thanks Kasalia – wine making is one of my ‘to do’ projects. I’ve been saving my pea pods in the freezer to make pea pod wine. I also have some old English wine recipes in my books. I’ll get to try them all one day 🙂September 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm #507925
My late sister used to make a Beetroot wine. [Boy it had a kick] she also made some Port that was lovely.
I will have a look in her books as she gave them all to me including 6 DemiJons. Haven’t had time to make any yet.
Most are fruit and vegetables as well as wines made from bark, acorns, stones from fruit made into jam, So you don’t waste anything.September 18, 2011 at 7:04 pm #507926
One of the web sites for wine is http://www.cookseatshare.com.
It has recips for wines down the page a bit
some that are different is
brussel sprouts wine
sweet potato wine
plus the regular recipes
they had a lot too choose from
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