There are plenty of homemade wine recipes available, but if you want a really easy wine recipe that tastes great and doesn’t take long to make, then the first home made red wine recipe below is excellent for cooking and for drinking.
You’ll find the taste a little stronger than store-bought table wine, but you can experiment with the taste of our homemade wine recipes until you find one that works for you.
Easy Red Wine Recipe
- 1 gallon (4 liter) Jug with a lid
- Plastic tube
- 1/4 oz (7g) active brewer’s yeast
- 1 1/4 lb (550g) sugar
- 1 x 12oz (350ml) tin unsweetened frozen juice concentrate – thawed (don’t use citrus juice)
- 14 cups water
- In a saucepan, dissolve the sugar in 6 cups of water over a low heat.
- Pour the juice concentrate and yeast into a sterile milk jug.
- When the sugar and water mixture has cooled fully, pour it into the juice mixture. It’s important that you don’t add warm water to your yeast or you will kill the yeast. Stir to mix the sugar and yeast into the juice. Add the rest of the water and stir well.
- Poke a hole in the lid of the jug and place one end of the plastic tube into it. Run the other end of the plastic tube into a glass of water. This allows the carbon dioxide to escape so your fermenting wine won’t explode, but it also stops air getting back into your wine.
- Place the jug in a cool dark place and check on it regularly.
- You will need to leave your homemade wine for approximately 5 to 6 weeks for the sugar and yeast to work into alcohol.
- After this time, you should find the sugar has settled to the bottom and the yeast should have stopped reacting by now. You should wait for your wine to stop producing gases before the next step.
- When it’s ready, strain your wine through a coffee filter to remove the dead yeast and any impurities. Siphon into sterilized bottles and seal so they’re air tight. Don’t fill the bottles all the way to the top.
1-2-3 Easy Homemade Wine Brewing
by Jacob Wood (Bendigo Vic Australia)
This is our simple 1-2-3 Easy Homemade Wine Brewing Method.
- 100 percent grape juice 1 litre
- 10 grams yeast bakers or brewers
- 3 cups of sugar (250ml cup)
- 3 litre bottle
- 1.5 litre pot
- 1 litre measuring cup
- Add the 1 litre of juice to the 3 litre bottle.
- Then put 3 cups of sugar in your 1.5 litre pot. Next add boiling water enough to dissolve the sugar. After the sugar has dissolved, top up the pot with cold water and add the contents of the pot to the 3 litre bottle.
- Shake well and then add the 10 grams of yeast. Shake again and then take the cap off the bottle.
- Place a balloon over the cap part and let it sit until balloon inflates (this method only takes 10-20 mins for the balloon to inflate which indicators fermentation has started).
- Next pierce 2 holes in the balloon with a pin. Now all you have to do is wait until the balloon deflates this takes between 3-4 weeks.
- After this You can syphon the wine from the bottle to other smaller bottles, but make sure That you do not to syphon any residue from the bottom of the bottle.
- After syphoning is done, refrigerate for 5 hours then your homemade wine is ready to drink. But after refrigeration you can rack the wine (the longer it sits the better it taste).
This is a good method for beginners.
PS. Make sure everything you use is sterile
Easy Homemade Spiced Wine
by Dan V. (Bark River, MI.)
Follow this process for a tasty homemade spiced wine – Made Easy!
- First, you will need a gallon jug of distilled water which you can purchase at a grocery store for about $1.19 a gallon.
- Next purchase two cans of frozen Welch’s concord grape juice and a 1/4 ounce packet of dry yeast(sold in three-packs for around $1.50).
- Next, you will need 9″ helium-grade party balloons and some electrical tape.
- The secret to the unique flavor of this wine is dark brown sugar and ordinary powdered ginger, which can be purchased in the spice section of your favorite store for about $1.50.
- Thaw the two containers of frozen concentrate to room temperature.
- Empty out a little over half of the water jug into a clean dry container.
- Empty one packet of dry yeast into four tablespoons of very warm tap water and wait 15 minutes; yeast will foam-up slightly, indicating that it is activating.
- Add both cans of concentrate to jug along with one cup of dark brown sugar, one cup of white cane sugar and 1/8 level teaspoon of powdered ginger.
- Rinse balloon thoroughly and puncture one single pinhole in end to gradually release pressure during fermentation.
- Add remainder of water as necessary to jug to fill it to within 3″ or so from the top; shake contents until most of the sugars are dissolved.
- Carefully add yeast mixture to the jug making sure that the majority of foam enters, but DO NOT shake it into ingredients. Stretch balloon over top of opening and seal it to the lip with a length of electrical tape for a tight secure seal.
- Put jug in a dark dry place with a room temperature of 72-78 degrees; balloon will begin to expand in a day or so.
- Let sit for 4-5 weeks or until balloon completely deflates (do not disturb or move mixture); patience is the key. When ready(balloon is deflated), cap the jug with the original cap and let sit for a day.
- Pour contents through cheese cloth into another container and rinse-out dead yeast from bottom of original container with hot tap water and then return the wine to original container.
- Repeat this process for next three days.
- Put in fridge for two or three days to clarify a little.
You can then sip. You will have a nice homemade spiced wine between 8 1/2% and 10% alcohol with a surprisingly pleasant after-taste.
More Homemade Wine Recipe Suggestions
- Even though we expect most table wines to be made from grapes, it’s possible to make great wine from almost any type of fruit.
- When you’re choosing your frozen juice concentrate, try using grape to begin so you have a basis for comparison. You’ll notice immediately that your homemade wine is stronger tasting than regular table wine.
- Experiment with the amount of sugar you use if you prefer sweeter wine or if you find it too sweet for your tastes. Once you’ve made your first batch, you can then experiment with various juice flavors and blends. White grape and peach juice concentrate will give you a sweet, light wine while white grape and raspberry tastes like a sweet white wine with a pale red color.
- Using blackberry juice concentrate in your home made wine recipe will give you a lovely dark, sweet wine that really doesn’t need too much sugar, so experiment with the amount you use to be sure it’s not overly sweet for your preferences.
- Another excellent homemade wine recipe is cherry and apple juice concentrate. This juice is already very sweet, so you will need to cut back the amount of sugar you use in the recipe. This will also reduce the time it takes for your wine to ferment, so check it regularly after around 4 weeks to be sure the yeast has stopped reacting and producing gas.