How to Make Homemade Apple Wine

Overview

Apple wine is basically a fruity sweet rose-colored wine. You can make apple wine via several methods, like with apple juice or applesauce, but one of the simplest and most delicious is by using fresh apples. This is a refreshing drink for a celebration, holiday, or even to sell at a local farmer's market. It requires some materials that you can obtain from specialty stores or online. The task takes a long period of time to complete because of the fermentation process.

Step 1

Chop the apples up into small pieces about one-half inch long. Simmer the apples in a large pot for about 15 minutes, making sure the water covers the top of the apples.

Step 2

Strain the apple liquid onto the sugar in the bucket. Add the lemon zest and stir thoroughly. Once the mixture has cooled, add the lemon juice and pectic enzyme while stirring. Cover with a towel and wrap a rubber band around the edges to seal it shut. Keep the bucket in a warm area for 24 hours.

Step 3

Add the yeast nutrient and stir well. Cover again and keep in warm place for another 24 hours.

Step 4

Strain the mixture into the secondary fermentation vessel and fit with the airlock.

Step 5

Rack after 30 days and toss in the chopped raisins. Let the apple wine ferment for six months in the airlock before tasting. You can allow the wine to ferment even longer up to a year if you desire a bolder flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Sauce pan
  • Water
  • 6 lb. windfall apples, mixed varieties
  • 3 lb. granulated sugar
  • Bucket
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1/2 tsp. pectic enzyme
  • Towel
  • Rubber band
  • 1/2 tsp yeast nutrient
  • Secondary fermentation device
  • Airlock
  • 1/2 lb. chopped golden raisins

References

  • Wine Making: Apple WIne, Medium Bodied
  • VinesMakeWines: Homemade Apple Wine
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