Hello folks. I have been making my own wine for years, so I thought I'd share my method as I know there are a few different ways to create beauty!
I don't tend to follow the reciepes in books, I think they take all the fun away! I take the general rule of 3lbs of fruit to 3lb of sugar in 1 gallon of water (what a demijohn will hold) - except in the case of strawberries then only 2lb of sugar otherwise you can only drink it with lemonade. And apples - don't bother, apple wine is horrible! Save them for cider!
I boil the fruit in the water until it goes all mushy and falls apart, then I drain it through muslin to loose the mush (which is amazing for the compost) I then add the sugar to the fruity water and let it cool down to around 20 degrees. It then finds a new home in a sterilised demijohn with some yeast. I let it do it's thing until it's clear and stopped bubbling - anything between 4 and 9 months. Get enough demijohns and enough motivation to keep the flow going and you always have wine on the premises! It's wonderful!
I have some friends who make very nice wine, but they mainly create theirs from vegetables, who'd of thought marrow wine would be nice!! (hehe)
Mmm, I make anything I can using the stuff from my bountiful garden, but have only just started making wine and am going to wait till the summer and I start to get yummy things like blackcurrants and elderberries. I have loads of apples and would like to make cider but how do you press the juice? Have you got a cider press? They're stupidly expensive and I'm not to sure about the workability of a homemade one made from a car jack and some planks... :-)
Yep, no problem Brooky, your more than welcome. I'll let you know. Yes, Sol, we use a press, me, my partner, my mum and dad all chipped in to buy one. It's hard work and long, but the cider is good, we only produced 6 bottles this year. Another homemade way of doing it (my Mum did it years ago) is a Pillowcase and a Mangle. Good luck, homebrewing is a lot of fun!