After yesterday's strawberry wine post I had 2 people ask me how I make my wine so I thought I'd tell everyone. First I talked to some old-timers around here who made wine (and other spirits) for years. They were around 80 years old.
"Let's see - get your fruit, sugar and water and put it in a bucket."
"How much fruit?" I asked.
"Oh, enough to fill a pot, ah reckon".
"How much sugar?"
"I expect right much".
"How long do I let it sit?"
"Mmmmm, well, can't really say. What do you think mama?" he looks to his wife. She smiles and shrugs.
You get the picture. I didn't learn how to make wine from them but they had some really great stories to tell.
What I did do is order a beginner's wine making kit from Midwest Supplies http://www.midwestsupplies.com/starter-winemaking-equipment-kit-with-double-lever-corker-upgrade.html along with the add-on kit. I don't think it cost more than $140.00. That includes the glass carboy, 5 gallon bucket, corker, corks, additives, cleaners, bottle brush, air lock, mesh bag for fruit, hydrometer, syphon, bottle filler and a nifty recipe handbook, which is where I get all my recipes from. There are recipes in there you'd never dream of. All but the additives and corks will last you a lifetime. I don't use any of their wine concentrate kits, just our own fruit. They also sell beer making supplies which might be kind of fun to try too.
Since then I've bought more carboys and buckets so I can make more at one time. If I gave you the recipe it wouldn't mean much until you tried it yourself. Making your own wine is dirt cheap too. Save your bottles or ask friends to save them for you. If you order your kit now you can have it all ready to go before the blackberries are ripe. It might be a little late for your strawberries though unless you buy them from somewhere that has an extended season. Ours are just finishing up.
Here are a few recipes from the handbook that you may never have had:
Green tomato wine
They also have recipes for meads
Let me know if you try making wine and what unusual ones you try. Also, if you know an old-timer that can tell you measurements and directions please share them with me.