There are plenty of homemade wine recipes available, but if you want a really easy red wine recipe that tastes great and doesn’t take long to make, then the first home made 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.
Home Made Wine Recipe Suggestions
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 of our excellent homemade wine recipes 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.