Thursday, May 27, 2010
Here's my fave hobo wine recipe!
2 frozen juices from the supermarket, like grape, white grape, white grape and peach, grape and raspberry, apple, etc.
NOT ORANGE JUICE!
2 cups white sugar
1 gal. water, in a gallon jug
1 packet wine yeast (can use bread yeast instead)
The plastic jug your water came in
Air lock or balloon
Plastic flexible tube to use as siphon (hardware store)
5 used wine bottles OR another clean water gallon jug
Some corks. Or use twist top wine bottles and save the tops. If you can't find corks, cut a candle into some 1 inch slices and use that as corks.
A big pot
Take the water and the sugar and boil them for 10 minutes. Take off heat.
Add the frozen juice.
Wait until mixture is cool enough not to burn your finger when you dip it in.
Soak the funnel and the air lock in bleach water and rinse.
Transfer mixture back into the gallon jug using the funnel.
Pour the yeast into the jug. Put the cap back on.
Shake the jug good.
Take off the cap and put on the air lock or balloon.
If you have no air lock or balloon, screw the top back on LOOSELY and this will probably work, though you run a higher risk of getting a vinegar bug.
Wait at least 3 weeks, or until the stuff stops fermenting. Either your air lock will quit bubbling or your balloon will deflate.
Soak your old wine bottles and your siphon tube in bleach water. Rinse.
Siphon off ("Rack") the wine into the bottles, taking care not to put the muck at the bottom into the new bottles. Cap the bottles.
Sometimes it's wise to wait an additional week before drinking the wine. You can test it to make sure.
If you drink it before it's ready it will taste like old rubber tires. If you wait till it's ready it will be really tasty.
I would upgrade the equipment/ingredients by using old gallon wine jugs, and wine yeast, an airlock, and tasting corks from a brew supply house.
You also don't need to rack your wine, you can pour it straight from the jug you fermented it in into your glass, but near the end of your jug you will get a lot of cloudy crud from the bottom.
I figured out that the cost is about $6 or $7 per gallon, and you get 5 bottles out of it. Less than 2 Buck Chuck!