Homemade Red Wine recipe

By: expressionsinyarn

Sep 20 2010


Category: Cooking


Hey guys

The other day I was hankering for something nice. I thought what could be nicer than red wine! So, after a lot of research, I decided to give it a shot. So, here’s the recipe – enjoy and lemme know how it turned out! 😀 Oh btb, these are approx measurements because I usually put the stuff based on estimate…feel free to add/reduce as per your own taste. This recipe makes about three liters of wine.

– 1 kg black grapes
– A handful of whole wheat grain (with the husk)
– 15-20 grams yeast
– Sugar (as per taste) I used about 1 Kg but taste it and add the sugar as necessary. You don’t want it too sweet!
– 2 liters water boiled at least 3 times and cooled (to ensure no contamination)
– Ceramic jar – the kind used to make pickles. Otherwise, I guess you can use the earthen matkas. Just make sure the matka can hold 3.5 liters of fluid.

– Wash the grapes thoroughly and remove the stems.
– Sterilize the ceramic jar or matka (whichever you’re using)
– Clean whole wheat by rinsing in water and then drying them thoroughly.
– Boil the 2 liters of water 3-4 times and cool to room temperature.

– Place the grapes inside the jar. Use a wooden tool to crush them. Make sure you don’t juice them – just to break the outer covering. This stimulates the fermentation process. All the grapes should be broken this way.

– Pour in the boiled and cooled water into the jar.

– Prepare the yeast as per instructions in the packet. Dilute the yeast in lukewarm water and let sit for 15 mins. When it turns frothy, it is ready for use. Pour this yeast into the jar.

– Add in the wheat.

– Pour half of the sugar quantity into the jar.

– Just mix up the contents gently. No need to dissolve the sugar.

– Cover up the jar and then wrap it up in 2-3 plastic packets. This ensures a 100% air tight environment.

– Store the jar in a dry and cool dark place and make sure you have it handy.

Now comes the hard part. Everyday you will need to stir the jar’s contents at a specific time during the day. Make sure you DO NOT forget this!! Ensure the wooden spoon is dry and clean every single time! You don’t want bacteria and contamination in there!! Close the jar back and wrap in plastic. Store it in a dark, cool place. Continue this process EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Next phase: After 21 days

This is the fun part coz you get to see the results of your hard work! Pat yourself on the back 😀

You’ll need the following things:

– A fine-holed filter for straining the wine
– Surgical gloves – disposal variety

Open the jar and pour the contents through the filter. Catch the strained liquid into another vessel. Make sure the second vessel is sterilized and clean.

Then, scoop out remaining deposits in the jar and strain through the filter. Pour back the liquid in the second vessel into the ceramic jar.

Now, put the remaining half of the sugar into the ceramic jar. Stir lightly and close the jar. Place back in the cool, dry place as before.

Wait another 21 days!! Yikes – it does getter I promise 😀 No more stirring each day this time. Just wait for the magic to happen.

It usually takes another 21 days to ferment the wine but if you want it stronger, you can keep it for longer. The older the wine, the better the taste.

That’s it. The wine is ready to drink!! Just don’t get too tipsy 😀

Have fun above all!!


4 comments on “Homemade Red Wine recipe”

  1. How about some pictures of the wine ?!?
    My neighbour back in Pune used to make his own wine, but he used scientific gizmos like those distilling capillaries, etc.. Papa and I used to call Vijaykar Uncle India’s answer to Da Vinci since he was a painter, furniture-maker, vintner, chef, scientist, conversationalist, geek, and much more 🙂

    • Oh wow…sounds like a very interesting person!! Me nothing like that – just approximate estimations 🙂 I shall try to post pics soon Shuchita!

  2. Wow. I am going to have some when I am in India this Dec!

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