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    Wine making basics?

    Hi there,
    hoping for some help, move onto a new (to us) home ,late last summer with a cherry tree on the garden.
    we have a bit of a glut of cherries and I fancy trying to make some wine with them.

    what is the bare minimum of equipment that I need to do this (and end up with something drinkable)?

    also any hints and tips on method would be great.

    all the best,
    mike

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    Never made Cherry wine but have made a lot of Cherry Brandy, the only problem is everyone else likes it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmer_mike View Post
    Hi there,
    hoping for some help, move onto a new (to us) home ,late last summer with a cherry tree on the garden.
    we have a bit of a glut of cherries and I fancy trying to make some wine with them.

    what is the bare minimum of equipment that I need to do this (and end up with something drinkable)?

    also any hints and tips on method would be great.

    all the best,
    mike
    Don't do it mate - not this year anyway!
    Making wine from fruit is actually quite tricky if you haven't done any wine making. Best thing to do is to get a couple of kits first from a homebrew shop (there's one in Stowmarket) and learn the basics first. Once you've mastered that, then progress onto some basic fruit stuff. Stick with cherry pie this year!

    MS

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    Once the fruit ripens you will be lucky to beat the birds to them unless you have a net over the tree.

    We have 4 nice trees on our shoot but never manage to get more than a feed off them due to the birds, Elderflower is out now and that makes an interesting wine which is easy to make but the easiest wine I have made is made from cold tea, mixed with a lemon or two and some raisins. You will need 2 demijohns, 1 fermentation bucket, syphon tube, airlock, sterilising chemicals as all equipment has to be thoroughly sterilised, I use sodium metabisulphte for this and campden tablets for your finished wine. Wine also needs a constant temperature to ferment so you may also need a heater belt or you can just put the demijohn in the airing cupboard but put it in something as some wines tend to bubble over when fermenting.
    A good homebrew shop will have kits readily available with nearly everything you need.


    INGREDIENTS: TEA WINE RECIPE


    4 pints / 1/2 gallon tea. When you make a pot of tea keep the tea which is leftover.
    1 1/2 lbs / 680 grams sugar
    1/2 lb / 225 gram chopped raisins
    2 lemons
    Wine yeast and nutrient


    METHOD - WHAT TO DO


    Put the warmed tea, sugar and lemon juice in a bucket and stir well. Add the chopped raisins and wine yeast and nutrient and cover and leave for five days. Strain into a demijohn and fit an airlock and leave to ferment.


    When fermentation has ceased,(no more bubbles) rack the wine, (syphon) into a clean sterilised demijohn leaving all the sediment at the bottom of the fermenting demijohn and place in a cooler environment and leave for a further few months. Rack again if necessary and leave until the wine is clear and stable and then bottle.

    This wine looks like whisky and has a lovely kick as it goes down.

    Enjoy

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    have a go at cherry vodka, just make it in the same way as you would sloe gin

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    Various recipies from a Country Wines book.

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